Cadillac CT5 Coupe, Wagon Highly Unlikely26
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.
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The mystery deepens on the Cadillac coupe patent drawings. Now that we have seen a glimpse at the future Cadillac SUV EV, I wonder if the coupe will be a concept or EV. The coupe was a mix of CT5 styling and the EV that we saw. The drawing looked to have an exhaust, but perhaps it’s an electric flagship coupe? Electric Eldorado? Carlisle said special names will be reserved for special cars. Nothing would be more special than an electric flagship coupe.
Automakers patent designs all the time. It doesn’t mean there is intent to build it.
Now’s the time for a wagon. With Super Cruise, and a crossover mania… this is the car that screams skip the SUV, and haul stuff on the highway without fatigue.
I’d probably go down to just one vehicle if they made a CT5 Sport Wagon with Super Cruise.
Wagons? You mean lowered minivans? They can keep those ugly old people and cat lady machines in those areas. Nobody wants a damn wagon they are literally hideous. GM should of just dropped the NEW ESCALADE first, since they are all going to have to change all of their interiors once it drops. GM is so ass backwards its laughable. I mean the Escalade sells better than almost anything they have in their inventory. Nope lets make more work for us and not learn from basic mistakes we’ve made in the past.
Why is “now the time for a wagon”?
No one buys wagons in the US outside of Subaru. GM would be wasting huge amounts of money to build a CT5 wagon. Sales could be counted on your fingers.
The old gm would have made many variants, eating into other products all to capture every sale imaginable. The new gm says i don’t think so. Keep it simple, keep it elegant.
Right… because the coupes and wagons that BMW, Mercedes, and Audi sell are so ugly and un-elegant.
(That was defeat via sarcasm, by the way).
The Buick Regal TourX is almost certainly on the way out via the Opel split. So there is no cannibalism there.
Check sales figures of the Buick wagon and get back to us.
Old GM expected the wagon to go to Europe last time. Well GM pulled Cadillac out with the distributor issue and found few buyers here.
Cadillac did offer a coupe but sales were meager at best. I am glad they tried it and hope they try again but it is hard enough to sell a sedan today let alone a coupe of wagon.
The reality of today is if someone wants a wagon for utility they will buy a CUV or SUV as the price is about the same. The MPG is within 13% and the ride and handling can be just as comfortable.
Fatigue????? Please come up with something at least that is plausible.
Opel Sale or not the Buick wagon was going to die. Sales are just no there.
The coupe was a good seller, much better than the wagon and the best overall in the luxury coupe segment at the time, there should have been a 2nd gen on the CTS instead of or alongside the ATS coupe.
No big loss but CT6 will need a coupe.
TOTALLY Agree! THAT would be a slick ride…
We will definitely need a CT4 coupe powered by an LT2 V8. Think of it: a clone of a BMW M2 with a savage V8. It would be irresistable to enthusiasts so long as GM Design don’t ugly it up.
It doesn’t mean Caddy won’t make any new coupe in future, as someone leaked their plain of new unique Caddy coupe.
For wagon, well, it really seems unlike to happen, as many buyers prefer CUV over wagon. Wagon is tiny business in America.
As a future dead person, I want my casket in a CT5 V-Wagon Hearse, not this new XT5 crossover hearse nonsense. You have to do it, GM— a CT5 Wagon would sell well.
Statistics show that the top 1% of 1% purchase Mercedes Benz station wagons. The current CTS would’ve made a gorgeous station wagon and attract that level buyers. Except this is GM we’re talking about so they’ll just come out with this car and as the sedan market is collapsing kill it in three years. Whereas the competition is fielding full lineups. Can GM do anything that is totally expected… Sadly it cannot.
If they can’t or won’t make a coupe as striking as the CTS, they shouldn’t bother. A convertible would sell better than a bland coupe like the ATS.
“while the brand hasn’t sold a wagon since the second-generation CTS spawned a wagon variant.”
That was Cadillac’s first and only factory-produced wagon.
Well shucks, I was hoping for another wagon!
Since the sedan looks rather frumpy to begin with, I cannot imagine a coupe variant.
We currently own a 2015 ATS Coupe (performance model V 6) I love it but will be getting rid of it this fall I want a car not an suv so what I think i will order is Buick Regal Sport back G S and this might be my last GM! Now I am CDN and the price of Cadillac in Canada is just atrocious our coupe with just about everything except a sun roof listed over 63 thousand and we must pay 13% tax on the total price less the difference with a trade in. Do not understand why foreign Co. can keep making coupes and wagons while the big 3 are just out of the game!? PS Want a good car only 12 thousand miles on her!
This news comes as no surprise actually.
Dang, even the ats coupe looks good. CT5 would be stellar, oh well.
I guess I am out of touch with the SUV craze, but I still like a car and one that, not only performs, but also turns heads. My 2013 CTS-V coupe is a great example. My everyday all weather driver is an 2017 ATS coupe, premium luxury AWD 3.6. I like the performance offered by the Alpha platform, and everyone loves the way it looks. I expect that the CT5 will be an exceptional performer, but I am disappointed that a coupe and/or convertible are not in the offing, particularly given that all of the German competitors offer those variants. After the second generation CTS came as a sedan, coupe, or wagon, whatever reasoning decided that the third generation CTS would be sedan-only appears to remain the prevailing way of thinking with regard to its replacement model. Cadillac without a coupe is a little hard for me to fathom, but, as I said, I guess I am out of touch.
Is the CT5 suppose to replace the Impala and LaCrosse?
Coupe is coming. It just won’t be called “CT5 coupe”.
it’s semantics…there will not be a “CT5” coupe because it will be named something else.