A white 2020 Cadillac CT5 was spied in Australia back in August, sparking rumors that the premium brand may be headed to the Australian market.
The Cadillac CT5 in question was spotted by the Australian publication WhichCar as it was offloaded from a plane in Melbourne. The four-door appears to be in the production-spec Premium Luxury trim level with all-wheel drive.
Rumors that the sedan would head Down Under have led to speculation that the Cadillac CT5 would serve as a replacement for the Holden Commodore, which is scheduled for the chopping block for the 2020 model year.
For reference, General Motors recently sold its European business to French multinational Groupe PSA. PSA owns Citroën, Peugeot, DS, and now, Opel and Vauxhall as well. As a result, the future of the Holden Commodore, which is produced at a plant now owned by PSA, was thrown into doubt.
However, the Cadillac CT5 would make for a viable replacement, as tipped by GM President Mark Reuss.
“It’s up to Dave [Buttner, former Holden Director], but we’re certainly capable of doing that [introducing Cadillac to Australia],” Reuss told WhichCar in an interview. “It could be an opportunity for us.”
To note, Dave Buttner left Holden earlier this month. The WhichCar interview quoted above took place prior to this development, but the prospect of introducing the Cadillac brand to Australia remains. GM previously sought to introduce Cadillac to the Australian market in 2008, but nixed the idea when the global financial crisis hit.
WhichCar also reports that the Cadillac CT5 has been seen testing at Holden’s Lang Lang proving grounds, which is located in the Australian state of Victoria.
We think the Cadillac CT5 would make for a solid replacement for the Holden Commodore. With 335 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque on tap from the optional twin-turbo 3.0L LGY V6, it would have the right output to get the job done, while the standard turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder could play backup.
As outlined by our sister publication, Cadillac Society, one possibility is that GM is merely sending the CT5 over to Australia for testing, utilizing available development resources with no further plans to actually bring it to market there.
The other possibility is a full-fledged Aussie invasion. However, to pull that off, Cadillac will need to convert the CT5 to right-hand-drive, a setup that’s currently not offered by the premium brand. In that scenario, right-hand-drive Caddy models could also see additional application in other right-hand-drive markets – namely Japan and the U.K.
Source: Cadillac Society