The 2020 Cadillac CT5 ushers in a new era for the luxury division’s passenger car portfolio, but it appears it will stay a sedan with no other derivatives.
In an interview with Motor1 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Mike Bride, CT5 chief engineer, told the website Cadillac doesn’t have anything to announce at the moment regarding other CT5 variants. The chief engineer did confirm the brand looked at other derivatives, including a liftback, but it was scrapped over mass and structural stiffness goals.
A CT5 liftback would have housed more mass in the upper portion of the body—something Cadillac engineers weren’t willing to implement for a more user-friendly liftback design akin to the latest Buick Regal Sportback.
Although Bride seemingly left the door open for a new coupe or wagon, the website added additional sources within General Motors confirmed there are zero plans for a coupe or wagon. While we’ll need to wait for an official confirmation, chances are, the CT5 will be a sedan-only affair. Cadillac’s last coupe, the ATS coupe, exited production last year, while the brand hasn’t sold a wagon since the second-generation CTS spawned a wagon variant.
On the topic of wagons, Bride jokingly said the only people who miss the CTS wagon are journalists. We can’t help it that the CTS wagon was a wonderful looking thing, and even better with a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 engine under the hood.
As for coupes, we have a feeling Cadillac does have something in the pipeline. Back in 2018, we spotted patent drawings for a mystery Cadillac coupe published to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The design, we speculated at the time, could have been for a CT5 coupe. Instead, we may see the patent drawings come to life in the form of a concept car, or perhaps it’s our first look at the long-rumored Cadillac flagship.