Cadillac CT5 Spied During High-Altitude Testing: Video2
The Cadillac CT5 has been caught on video cruising around the state of Colorado for high-altitude testing. The video above shows the upcoming mid-size luxury sedan still cloaked in full camouflage, but continued prototype spottings show the Cadillac CT5 is well on its way towards a debut next year.
The video shows the camo has changed much since the last time we spotted the CT5. The car still wears its swirled coating to skew the final design and cladding at the front and rear keeps us from dissecting front and rear lighting. The rear cladding still makes onlookers try to believe this is a Dodge Charger with a long horizontal strip. We’ll likely see the production car pull its lighting elements from the Cadillac Escala concept.
And that may mean a shift from vertical headlights to more horizontal units. The Escala was the first Cadillac concept to preview the brand’s future design direction and marked the first time we’d seen a modern Cadillac wearing horizontal lights up front. Recently, the headlight design has followed the taillights in a more upright fashion with long LED running lights striking into the lower portion of the bumper. So far, it’s unclear what kind of style the CT5 will wear, but spy photos suggest horizontal units.
The CT5 will effectively replace the CTS sedan in Cadillac’s lineup, though its packaging will likely bridge the gap from ATS to CTS better. The ATS’ replacement, called CT4 or CT3, will be smaller in size. Both new sedans will replace the ATS, CTS and XTS luxury sedans with the CT6 sitting as the largest offering.
The CT5 may also usher in a more aggressive pricing strategy, as we’ve seen with the 2019 Cadillac XT4. The compact crossover is priced more like a size segment below, which gives it a considerable advantage over its closest rival, the BMW X3. The CT5 may adopt the strategy as well and start around $35,000.
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Camo game too strong…. Can’t wait to really see this thing.
A few things…..
1. I really hope Cadillac does not shift to more of a horizontal lighting design in the front end. Caddy is one of the few cars that is distinctly recognizable at night, and even in the day. It seems like everyone, from Honda to GM’s own Chevy has horizontal lights. Bad idea IMO.
2. I am confused as to why everyone thinks the CT5 will come before the CT3. Cadillac has stopped production of the ATS, and it sold (and still does sell) far more units than the CTS; why stop production of a high volume car for 2 years (27 months according to my dealer) and immediately replace a car that is still on sale, and moves far fewer units? I think the next new Caddy to show face (after the 2019 CT6) will be the CT4 or the refreshed XT5 (followed by the Escalade, CT5, XT8).
3. I do hope that the CT6, the CT5 and the XTS can exist together. Each car serves a different customer base, and occupies a different segment (sport, comfort). As far as interior dimentions, the XTS is the largest car Caddy makes (and much better looking since the update); One can only hope it sticks around for a bit longer.
4. I love the new “Y” trim strategy. I have been saying for awhile that Caddy should take this route, and thank god they listened. Now, if only we could get some different engines to match. XT4 Sport= 2.7L turbo I4 from the new Silverado, XT5 sport= 3.0TT from the CT6, Escalade sport= 4.2 V8TT from the new CT6 V-sport.