It’s no secret that sedans are falling out of favor with consumers, but that hasn’t stopped GM from introducing the 2020 Cadillac CT5 – a new sedan set to replace the Cadillac ATS and CTS and take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the D segment. The brand announced the CT5 ahead of its official debut at the New York International Auto Show next month. While concrete details are not plentiful, Cadillac released a few CT5 photos, and there’s been much debate about the car’s overall design.
Many of the design elements on the Cadillac CT5 have carried over from the Cadillac Escala concept, including slim headlights with both horizontal and vertical elements, along with a large grille with a shield-like execution. The horizontal part of the lights is new, and was definitely something that came across from the Escala.
The side profile is where the CT5’s fastback-like appearance, long hood and axle-to-dash ration, and relatively short rear deck truly come to light. Though the sloping roofline gives the new Cadillac CT5 a fastback-like appearance, the vehicle retains a standard trunk opening as opposed to a hatch. The sloping roof also flows into one of the more controversial design elements of the new Cadillac CT5 – the C-Pillar treatment, which many readers don’t find particularly attractive.
The rear end borrows from the Escala concept, with thin taillights that – like the headlights – adopt horizontal and vertical lines. The overall design is sporty and luxurious, while delivering an evolution of Cadillac’s current Art & Science design language.
So, what do you think of the overall design? Is the new Cadillac CT5 a step in the right direction for the brand in terms of styling, or not? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.