For the first time, spy photographers have snapped the 2020 Cadillac CT5 testing in the wild. We’ll assume the CT5 name until further notice since this car will replace the CTS and XTS. A second sedan will arrive to take over smaller sedan duties from the ATS. Both new sedans will do a better job of defining their dimensions with less overlap.
Unfortunately, there are no photos of the rear, but the front and side views still tell us quite a bit. Foremost, the front end looks very Escala-like and we’re nearly certain the headlights are horizontal, rather than vertical like the current CTS. We’d ignore that hood scoop, which is likely some clever cladding to throw off spy photographers, though it doesn’t look horrible. Also ignore the chiseled door scallops, which recall the Dodge Charger. Again, more cues to throw off curious observers.
Moving toward the rear, it’s more Escala. The roofline follows the concept car’s fastback look and we wouldn’t be surprised if the CT5 adopts a liftback feature like the Escala, either. The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback has already joined the club.
If Cadillac sticks to its newfound pre-production strategy—revealing new vehicles earlier in an effort to strip camouflage for real-world testing—we could see the CT5 debut in early 2019 if in fact this will be a 2020 model-year car.
Spy shots: Autoblog