The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is Caddy’s latest attempt at succeeding in the highly-competitive luxury D-segment, as the vehicle arrives to indirectly replace the Cadillac ATS and CTS and take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The new “compact plus-sized” sedan will offer three trim levels, starting with the base-model Luxury, and followed by the Premium Luxury and Sport, with the Premium Luxury and Sport taking up opposing sides of Cadillac’s recently-adopted Y trim level strategy.
Clearly, the Sport is the model to get for those buyers looking for performance styling, as it offers more aggressive visuals thanks to a distinctive fascia treatment, rear spoiler, standard 19-inch wheels, rocker extensions, and a variety of dark-themed trim bits. We grabbed a complete photo set of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport at its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April, and are giving it a visual walkaround here in our Live Photo Gallery.
In addition to the thin, horizontally-positioned headlamps characteristic of Caddy’s latest styling language, the front end of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport also offers a glossy black mesh grille insert, which is quite the change compared to the bright finish seen on the CT5 Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels. Additional glossy black mesh inserts were added to the lower fascia, including at the corners lining the vertical lighting elements as well as at the outer edges of the lower center grille.
From the side, we see the gradually-sloping roofline inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept, punctuated by dark black window (DLO) trim. The black window moldings are unique to the Cadillac CT5 Sport, as compared to the Luxury and Premium Luxury, both of which come with shiny chrome moldings.
Also notice Cadillac’s new door handles. On the CT5 Sport, they are finished completely in body-color (Luxury models are body-color with a bright accent). On the model seen here, the handles are also equipped with the optional illuminating feature that is part of the Platinum or Lighting packages.
Body-color rocker moldings with black extensions bring the new Cadillac four-door sedan closer to the pavement from a visual standpoint, while the standard 19-inch premium painted alloy wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish fill the wheel arches with purpose. Up front, the rollers house performance Brembo brakes with black calipers, while regular non-Brembo brakes are found on the two Luxury trims.
Finally, the tail section is highlighted by unique tail lamps with a neutral-density (clear) gray-tinted outer lenses, plus red crystal inner elements. Meanwhile, the other two trims get red outer lenses. The final touches include a body-color rear spoiler mounted to the trunk and a glossy black lower fascia with a body-color insert between the tailpipes.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport is powered by the standard turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder, which produces as much as 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and is denoted by the 350T badge on the trunk, as per Cadillac’s new torque-based convention. Even more giddy-up is provided by the optional twin-turbo 3.0L LGY V6, which produces 335 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and gets the 550T badge on the decklid. Each engine connects to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift technology. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
|Overall Length (in)||193.8|
|Overall Width (in)||74.1|
|Overall Height (in)||57.2|
|Front Track (in)||62.8|
|Rear Track (in)||63.9|
For those who think the 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport isn’t packing enough heat, there’s also the even-faster CT5-V and as-of-yet-unreleased CT5-V Blackwing. Both go-fast models are members of Caddy’s latest two-tier V-Series strategy.