As we reported this week, the Cadillac CT5 is now ready to make its Chinese debut as well, which is scheduled for the 2019 Chengdu Motor Show early next month.
In North America, the Cadillac CT5 is designed to replace both the CTS and ATS, which is why it is slightly larger than a compact luxury sedan like the BMW 3 Series but not quite as big as a true mid-size like the BMW 5 Series.
But in China, the CT5 replaces the China-only ATS-L. The ATS-L is an extended wheelbase version of the regular ATS, which fulfilled the strong demand for compact luxury sedans with long wheelbases in the market. GM is no longer building a long wheelbase compact and will instead rely on the uniquely positioned CT5 to compete with products like the BMW 3 Series L or Mercedes-Benz C-Class L.
If you’re wondering, Chinese customers prefer long wheelbase luxury cars as they prefer to be driven around by a chauffeur rather than drive themselves, making rear seat space paramount.
The new Cadillac CT4 is a subcompact and therefore designed to compete with small products like the BMW 2 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLA. Cadillac has not gone on record to say if the CT4 will be sold in China, although it will hit North American Cadillac dealerships shortly.
The Cadillac CT5 will join the Cadillac XTS and Cadillac CT6 in the American automaker’s Chinese product portfolio following its debut. The XT4, XT5, XT6 and Escalade are also sold in the region.