The Cadillac CT5 replaces the Cadillac ATS-L in China – a market-exclusive version of the ATS with a long wheelbase. The ATS-L was designed to capitalize on the strong demand for compact luxury sedans with long wheelbases in China, where many luxury car owners will hire a chauffeur to drive them around.
From this point forward, General Motors is no longer building a long-wheelbase compact for China 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. The CT5 is able to do this as it is neither as small as a compact nor as large as a midsize, so it should be able to serve the standard compact luxury sedan market while also appealing to those who may have bought an ATS-L.
The Cadillac CT5 will be offered in six different exterior colors and eight different interior colors in China and in both Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels – as per the automaker’s Y-trim level strategy for its new models. The sedan will be offered exclusively with the turbocharged 2.0-liter LSY four-cylinder engine in the market, which is rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and sends power to the rear wheels. Chinese customers can also order the CT5 with AWD for a price premium.
As of this writing, Cadillac has no plans to offer the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter LGY V6 engine in the CT5 in China.
GM says the Cadillac CT5 “is joining the CT6 and upcoming CT4 to create a New American luxury rear-wheel-drive sedan family for car buyers across China.” In addition to the ATS-L, the Cadillac XTS will also soon be discontinued in the country to make way for the new family of Cadillac four-doors.
The base Cadillac CT5 will cost RMB 279,700 in China, which is equivalent to $39,800 USD at current exchange rates. The range-topping Premium Luxury model, meanwhile, will start at 339,700 RMB – equivalent to about $48,338 USD. The sedan is now available to order at Cadillac’s 300-plus retail stores in China.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.