Future Cadillac CT5
The Cadillac CT5 is an upcoming line of midsize luxury cars that will reach the market in the 2019 calendar year for the 2020 model year. It will be a successor of sorts to the third-generation Cadillac CTS.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the future Cadillac CT5. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Cadillac.
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|Expected introduction model year:||2020 (first generation of CT5, fourth generation of CTS)|
|Last redesigned model year:||2014 (third generation CTS)|
|Expected refresh model year:||2023|
|Expected redesign model year:||2026 (second generation CT5)|
|Expected name:||Cadillac CT5|
|Current platform:||first-generation Alpha platform|
|Future platform:||Alpha 2 platform for first-gen CT5 and GM VSS-R platform for second-gen CT5|
|Layout:||FR (front-engined, rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive)|
|Current body styles:||CTS – four-door sedan|
|Future body styles:||CT5 – four-door sedan confirmed; wagon, two-door coupe, two-door convertible possible|
|Segment:||midsize sedan (E segment)|
|Expected gasoline engines:||turbo I-4, naturally aspirated V-6, twin-turbo V-6, twin-turbo V-8, possible supercharged V-8|
|Expected diesel engines:||four-cylinder turbo-diesel possible for select markets|
|Expected transmissions:||10-speed automatic|
|Expected alternative fuel powertrains:||plug-in gas-electric hybrid|
- What: an all-new midsize sport-luxury car range replacing the CTS, albeit at a lower price point
- When: a launch in calendar year 2019 as a 2020 model year vehicle
- Why: the all-new CT5 will enable Cadillac to continue competing in the midsize luxury car space
- Where: sold in all current markets where Cadillac has a business presence, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe. The CT5 could be also sold in more countries if the Cadillac brand enters new markets.
Following are our expectations for the future Cadillac CT5:
- Based on the longer variant of the GM Alpha 2 platform
- Feature Cadillac’s new design language similar to the Cadillac Escala concept
- Introduce an improved interior over the third-generation CTS, with increased levels of refinement, luxury, and convenience
- Include the GM Super Cruise autonomous driving technology
- Introduce a plug-in hybrid/PHEV variant like the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid or a pure battery electric model
We expect the upcoming future Cadillac CT5 to be available as a midsize sedan. A coupe and convertible variants are probable. A wagon variant is possible.
As such, it will have a longitudinal powertrain configuration.
We expect the next Cadillac CT5 to feature the following engine choices:
- Turbo 2.0L I-4 engine with automatic engine stop/start functionality
- 3.6L V-6 LGX with automatic engine stop/start functionality as a step up from the 2.0L Turbo
- Twin-Turbo 3.0L V-6 LGW with automatic engine stop/start functionality as a step up from the 3.6L V-6 LGX
- Cadillac Twin-Turbo 4.2L V-8 for CT5 V-Sport model making in the vicinity of 500 horsepower
- New turbo-diesel engine for select markets (diesel)
- Electric plug-in hybrid/PHEV (gasoline/electric)
- Supercharged 6.2L V-8 LT4 making in the vicinity of 650 horsepower for CT5-V
We expect that the Cadillac CT5 will be offered with the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid model will have its own powertrain.
The future Cadillac CT5 has been confirmed to be assembled by GM USA at the GM Lansing Grand River factory in Michigan alongside the ATS replacement, expected to be called the Cadillac CT3, and the sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro.
We expect that the future Cadillac CT5 will be positioned differently than the CTS it indirectly replaces. From a size standpoint, the vehicle will continue a midsize sport-luxury sedan competing with the following models:
- BMW 5 Series
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Audi A6 range
- Lexus GS
- Infiniti Q70
- Acura RLX
- Volvo S90
- Jaguar XE
- Maserati Ghibli
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