Live images of both Luxury and Sport versions of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 from the New York Auto Show have been added to the gallery below. (Update)
Cadillac revealed a common ATS and CTS replacement, the CT5, last month ahead of its public debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, without going into much detail about the car. Now, GM’s premium brand has released a full specs sheet of the CT5, allowing us to have a better understanding of what it is.
According to Caddy, the CT5 will be classified as a compact sedan, even though its mid-size saloon dimensions would have you think it’s positioned to take on the likes of the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class.
Let’s talk size
The 2020 CT5 measures 193.8 inches (4,924 mm) in length, 74.1 inches (1,883 mm) in width and 57.2 inches (1,452 mm) in height, with a wheelbase of 116.0 inches (2,947 mm).
Despite its Fastback styling, it’s almost as long as a BMW 5-Series, which measures 194.3 inches (4,936 mm) bumper to bumper. Meanwhile, the CT5’s wheelbase is actually longer than that of an Audi A6 (115.1 inches / 2,924 mm). Also, here’s how it compares to a 2019 CTS: 114.6 inches (2,911 mm) wheelbase, 72.2 inches (1,834 mm) width, 195.5 inches (4,966 mm) length – the CT5 is bigger in every way except overall length, but again, that’s because of its styling.
Before you voice your objections in the comments, we spoke to Cadillac for clarification, and they insisted on describing it to Carscoops as a “compact premium sedan that will be competitively priced within that segment as well”, which includes the likes of Audi’s A4, Mercedes‘ C-Class and BMW’s 3-Series.
A fresh take on multiple segments
Cadillac says that the 2020 CT5 features a blend of distinctive design, performance and comfort, and that its all-new Fastback styling underscores its refined ride, as well as the driver-centric interior. Buyers can even tailor the car to their preferences with unique designs and trim in Luxury and Sport versions.
“Every element of the CT5 is focused on delivering an unrivaled experience, from the 10-speed transmission to Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology,” said Cadillac president, Steve Carlisle. ” The Expansion of Super Cruise to CT5 reinforces our commitment to bringing the most innovative technologies to our customers.”
Opt for the CT5 Luxury or Premium Luxury models and you’ll get bright exterior accents and unique grilles and fascias. The Sport version on the other hand has darker accents and performance-inspired details, like unique grilles, fascias, rocker extensions, a spoiler and standard 19-inch wheels.
The 2020 CT5 also features an “all-LED exterior” with signature vertical lights at all four corners.
High-tech and soft-touch interior
Step inside the CT5 and you’ll be greeted by elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces. You’ll also notice the 10-inch touchscreen display mounted high within the instrument panel for improved visibility.
There’s also a standard Adaptive Remote Start function and an available hands-free power-release decklid. The former automatically activates features like the available heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and other climate systems, while the latter allows you to activate the trunk release with your foot – same as in many other new cars.
If you’re still not satisfied, then you can look to the Platinum Package, which can be added to Premium Luxury and Sport models. It features an exclusive Sedona/Jet Black motif with Opus semi-aniline leather seating surfaces in Sedona Sauvage. Both front, heated, ventilated and lumbar massage seats feature additional bolstering and 18-way adjustability. Also available are the upgraded leather-trimmed armrests and center console, unique carbon fiber decorative trim and a thicker-rimmed steering wheel with authentic magnesium paddle shifters and alloy pedals.
“Cadillac demonstrates its commitment to technology by bringing the Super Cruise driver assistance feature to the CT5. Cadillac’s Super Cruise driver assistance feature enables customers to drive hands-free on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the
U.S. and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. The driver attention system helps keep drivers engaged by detecting and signaling when drivers need to pay more attention to the road.”
Two turbocharged power units
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is available with a 2.0-liter Twin-Scroll turbo engine, as well as a more powerful 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6, both working alongside a 10-speed automatic transmission. The four-pot packs 237 HP (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, while the V6 is good for 335 HP (250 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels, unless you opt for the available AWD system, which you can get on all models.
Then there are the driving modes: Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and My Mode. They work by letting you calibrate your transmission, steering and brake feel, front/rear torque split and the exhaust note.
Sales start this fall
GM will build the new CT5 at its upgraded Lansing Grand River facility, with sales to begin in autumn. Pricing along with additional information on the range will be released closer to its sales date.