Cadillac surprised everyone when it unexpectedly announced the all-new CT5 in March. The initial photos of the new sedan provided a very limited look at the new sedan, since they were shot in a studio and showed the vehicle from only a few angles. Luckily, our colleagues over at the Cadillac Society caught the new Cadillac CT5 undergoing validation testing on a public road, thereby giving us a better idea of the vehicle’s design.
Before getting into the finer details of the CT5’s exterior, let’s first figure out exactly what we’re looking at. In its original announcement, Cadillac stated that the CT5 will be available in “Luxury and Sport models”, but we believe that the Luxury trim is actually two separate trims: the base Luxury trim, and the mid-range Premium Luxury. That kind of setup would mirror the Y trim level structure introduced by the new Cadillac XT4.
So, it appears that this particular model is the base CT5 Luxury – the base model – coated in the Crystal White Tricoat color.
The base Luxury model will wear black front grilles seen here. By comparison, the Premium Luxury model will feature a shiny upper grille and the Sport model will get black grille treatments, but in a different, shield-like pattern.
Seeing the Cadillac CT5 in the wild also gives us a much better idea of how the front end looks as a whole, including the newfound horizontal headlight treatment, the restyled signature vertical daytime running lamps and the surface styling applied to the hood.
Also, get a look at those side mirrors. They appear similar in their slim shape to those on the current, third-generation Cadillac CTS.
From the side, the new Cadillac CT5 Luxury features a chrome window trim wrapping the day-light opening (DLO). The Premium Luxury model will get the same treatment, but the Sport blacks it out. The shots also give us a better look at the rapidly-sloping roofline and highly-debated C-pillar treatment, which appears to feature a glossy black blanking plate.
This particular CT5 Luxury model rides on a set of twin-five-spoke wheels (with a total of 10 spokes) that seem to be 18-inches in diameter. More intricate wheel patterns and larger wheels will undoubtedly be available.
Out back, this Cadillac CT5 testers is missing the Cadillac logo, though we can use our imaginations to place in the spot of the black holes intended to house the Crest. The most noteworthy element is the set of new taillights and the new shape of the deck lid.
Similar to those on the Cadillac Escala concept, the clusters on the CT5 have gained a horizontal element to join the vertical one. There’s also a rather tasteful, through-facia dual exhaust treatment.
Other elements worthy of pointing out include the camera for the Rear Camera Mirror placed within the roof-mounted communications fin, which is a separate system from the Rear Vision Camera lens located above the license plate cutout.
There’s also a new location for the Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) inside the top-most portion of the rear glass, and a clear reverse lamp located centrally between the two tailpipes, much like on the outgoing ATS and CTS.
The new Cadillac CT5 will give GM’s luxury brand a competitive entry into the popular and successful D-segment to battle the segment’s reigning champs – the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, while simultaneously replacing both the ATS Sedan and CTS Sedan.
Expect much more about the Cadillac CT5 next week, when we get to see it up close and personal at the New York International Auto Show. Until then, subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac CT5 news, Cadillac news, and ongoing GM news coverage.
About Cadillac CT5
The CT5 is a new 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, and 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, and a wagon is out of the question thanks to consumers' ongoing love affair with crossovers.
- New turbo-charged 2.0L LSY I-4 TriPower as the base engine making around 250 horsepower
- Twin-turbocharged 3.0L LGW V-6 making over 400 horsepower
All engines will be mated to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Cadillac CT5 will launch in North America in the third or fourth quarter of the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model year. A China launch is expected to take place in the second or third quarter of 2019.
The CT5 will be built at the following plants: