Late last month, General Motors unexpectedly announced the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5 via a surprise press release. In that announcement, the automaker left many questions unanswered about its newest sedan, until now. So without further ado, are the complete details on the 2020 Cadillac CT5.
One of the biggest unknowns about the 2020 Cadillac CT5 is its size. Well, the new sedan rides on a 116 inch-long wheelbase, has a length of 193.8 inches and a width of 74.1 inches. By comparison, the current, third-generation Cadillac CTS sedan measures in at 114.6 inches for the wheelbase, 195.5 inches in length, and 72.2 inches in width, and the discontinued Cadillac ATS Sedan had a 109.3 inch-long wheelbase, a length of 182.8 inches, and a width of 71.1 inches. Curb weight for the base model (Luxury, RWD) is 3,660 pounds.
So, from a size standpoint, the CT5 has a longer wheelbase than both the ATS and CTS. But the CT5 fits between the ATS and CTS in terms of length and width. Meanwhile, the all-new 2020 BMW 3 Series sedan has a 112.2 inch-long wheelbase, a length of 185.7 inches, and a width of 71.9 inches.
Yes, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 has a fastback design, but it’s not a fastback. In other words, it is a traditional sedan made to look like a fastback, but with a regular sedan-like trunk – which makes it quite different from the Buick Regal Sportback. The long wheelbase and lengthened side glass “accentuate the car’s long, low proportion and sweeping fastback profile”, the brand stated in its press release. Meanwhile, body sculpturing includes “taut character lines” and “contributes to the car’s strong stance”.
Cadillac says that the fastback profile was inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept, and that the CT5 “charts a new direction for Cadillac sedan design”, one that takes advantage of the natural proportional advantage of the vehicle’s rear-drive platform to communicate power, presence and performance.
“From every angle, the CT5 exudes athleticism, sophistication and confidence,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “Cadillac’s signature hard-edge cues have evolved to a more sculptural and fluid expression of the brand’s design language.”
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 also features all-LED exterior lighting, with Caddy’s signature vertical lights at all four corners of the vehicle.
The CT5 will be available in Luxury (base), Premium Luxury and Sport models. Bright exterior accents and unique grilles and fascias separate the CT5 Luxury and Premium Luxury models. The CT5 Sport model, meanwhile, is differentiated by darker accents and performance-inspired details, including unique grilles, fascias, rocker extensions, spoiler and standard 19-inch wheels.
At launch, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 will offer two turbocharged gasoline engines:
- The standard engine is the turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY that first debuted in the 2019 Cadillac XT4 and 2019 Cadillac CT6. The twin-scroll turbocharged four-banger makes its way to the CT5 without any changes, making the 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as it does in the XT4 and CT6. It’s mated to GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift.
- The optional engine is a twin-turbo 3.0L V-6. Currently, GM has so far refused to provide the RPO code of the engine, and we suspect that’s because it will be slightly different than the LGW currently offered in the CT6 in that it will offer a different tune. In any event, the twin-turbo six is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models and rated at an estimated 335 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque (the CT6 is SAE-rated at 404 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque). This motor is also paired with the GM 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Both engines employ technologies such as direct injection, camshaft phasing, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and automatic (defeatable) stop/start to balance performance, refinement and efficiency. Sound tuning is done via mechanical and electronic sources, contributing to an “optimized effect on the senses, with engine sounds tuned to augment the driving experience in a refined manner, while helping to minimize unwanted noise in the cabin.”
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 builds on GM’s critically-acclaimed Alpha platform. Riding on the second-generation Alpha architecture known as Alpha 2, the chassis features “evolutionary enhancements of the front and rear suspensions”, including Cadillac’s signature double-pivot MacPherson-type front suspension designed to improve road isolation and driver feedback, while a five-link independent suspension contributes to the car’s excellent feeling of control.
Additional chassis and driving dynamics features:
- Standard Bosch premium electric, rack-mounted power steering system
- Capable, confident and precise eBoost brakes
- Brembo front brakes are standard on the Sport model
- Standard ZF MVS passive dampers
- All-wheel drive is available on all models
Cadillac says that the CT5 “is designed to deliver an exhilarating driving experience while maintaining the brand’s signature blend of performance, comfort and refinement.”
An all-wheel-drive system will be offered on every model regardless of trim level, enabling the CT5 to handle a variety of road conditions no matter the climate. There will also be a “diverse range of tire choices” that includes 19-inch all-season run-flat tires and 18-inch Michelin self-seal tires. All of the options allow drivers to continue driving during most punctures that would sideline conventional tires, for immediate replacement/repair.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings a very complete list of active safety features. But the headlining feature is SuperCruise semi-autonomous driving system that enables customers to drive hands-free on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. To accomplish this, SuperCruise uses LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. However, it won’t be available at launch; instead, it will become available in the 2020 calendar year.
GM’s full suite of active safety features will also be available.[quicktable caption=”2020 Cadillac CT5 Available Active Safety Features”] Traction & Stability Control,Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking
HD Rear Vision Camera,Automatic Parking Assist with Braking
Forward Collision Alert,Following Distance Indicator
Front Pedestrian Braking,Front Park Assist
Automatic Emergency Braking,HD Surround Vision
Safety Alert Seat,Surround Vision Recorder
Reflective LED windshield collision alert,Head-Up Display
All-Wheel Drive (AWD),Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert,Rear Camera Mirror
Rear Cross Traffic Alert,Rear Pedestrian Alert
Rear Park Assist,Reverse Automatic Braking
Auto dimming mirrors,IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamps
Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced,Super Cruise
Interior & Connectivity
Inside, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 features elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces with a focus on quality, attention to detail, authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship.
Cadillac says that “everything from the instrument panel to the center display is focused on the driver”, emphasizing control.
A prominent, 1080dp high-definition full-color 10-inch-diagonal touchscreen is mounted high within the instrument panel for visibility. It runs the latest version of the Cadillac user experience infotainment system. One can control the system via the touchscreen, or using the new rotary controls by the gear selector. There’s also Near Field Communication technology for easier phone pairing.
The 2020 CT5 also features Adaptive Remote Start as standard. The feature automatically activates features such as the available adaptive heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and other climate systems, depending on the temperature. In addition, there’s a hands-free decklid that uses a motion sensor with Cadillac crest target projection, allowing drivers and passengers to activate the trunk release with their foot, which helps easy access to the trunk when one’s hands are occupied.
Ordering for the 2020 Cadillac CT5 will open this fall, and the sedan will begin arriving at dealers shortly after. Manufacturing will take place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant for North American markets, with the facility receiving a $211 million investment to build the next-generation Cadillac sedan. Meanwhile, Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, China will produce the model for the Chinese market.
That’s all we know for the time being, but expect to find out much more in New York on Wednesday (April 17th).