Behold the very first photos of the Cadillac CT5 interior. Caught by our photographer while the vehicle was undergoing validation testing in Metro Detroit, the photo gives us our very first look at the cabin of the future Cadillac sedan.
If the layout of the center stack seems familiar, it’s because it’s very similar to that of the 2019 Cadillac XT4. The center stack begins with a large display with a glossy black bezel. It is immediately followed by the hazard light control, which is in turn followed by a set of horizontal air vents. The vents are followed by two levels of horizontally-placed HVAC controls. The rest of the center stack is covered by a black tarp that hides the other Cadillac CT5 interior pieces rather well.
We’ve agonized over those two strange-looking rotary buttons below the screen, and have come to the conclusion that they are for testing purposes, and will probably not make it to the production model. Our money is on the CT5 getting the two rotary controls (one for navigating the system and the other for controlling system volume) on the center console, aft of the shifter. As such, the controls below the screen on this CT5 prototype model are likely present so that engineers don’t have to remove the covers from the center console area, thereby preventing our sleuthy spies from capturing more of the cabin.
Other notable items that can be seen are push-button start along with a partial view of the gauge cluster. We believe the model we’re looking at is a base model given its analog gauges, which also seem quite similar to those found on the new XT4.
About Cadillac CT5
The CT5 is an upcoming luxury sedan from GM's Cadillac brand. The model will replace both the ATS and CTS Sedans in the future Cadillac product portfolio. The vehicle will be larger than the ATS yet slightly smaller than the CTS. The CT5 will be positioned as a D-segment offering that's slightly larger than the BMW 3/4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class segment stalwarts.
The traditional four-door sedan body styles for the CT5 is a shoe-in. A two-door coupe is possible. A convertible is less of a possibility, but we hear that a wagon is out of the question thanks to consumers' ongoing love affair with crossovers that essentially render wagons useless.
The CT5 will ride on an updated version of the GM Alpha platform dubbed internally as Alpha 2. We expect it to be powered by the new turbo-charged 2.0L LSY I-4 "Tripower" engine while offering the twin-turbocharged 3.0L LGW V-6 and potentially the new twin-turbo 4.2L LTA V8 as the up-level powerplant. An ultra-high-performance CT5-V model is expected, potentially using the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8. All engines will likely be mated to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
Look for the CT5 to launch in North America in the first half of the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model year. A China launch might come before that.
The CT5 will be built at the following plants: