The 2021 Cadillac CT5 represents the second model year of the luxury sedan, for which it receives several new features and changes. Here’s exactly what was new for the 2021 CT5.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 model line remains the same as it was in 2020, consisting of Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, and V-Series (per Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy). All models are available in either rear-wheel or all-wheel-drivetrain configurations.
On the outside, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 sees the deletion of two existing colors and the addition of three new ones. The two deleted hues are Red Obsession Tintcoat and Royal Spice Metallic. Both colors were available at an extra charge for the 2020 model year, and Royal Spice Metallic was a promotional color available only on the CT5-V and the CT5 Sport.
The three new colors are Rift Metallic, Infrared Tintcoat, and Diamond Sky Metallic. Exclusive to the CT5-V (and CT4-V), Rift Metallic color is an alabaster white-based color with a fresh greige hue and tinges of ceramic finish (take a closer look at Rift Metallic on the 2021 CT5-V). Meanwhile, Infrared Tintcoat is new cherry red color that catches the eye.
It’s also worth noting that the Diamond Sky Metallic color option saw a later availability compared to other hues. It’s only available on models equipped with the Diamond Sky Edition Package, which is only offered on the Premium Luxury model.
The 2021 CT5 also sees the addition of 20-inch alloy wheels with a Polished and Dark Android Gloss finish (Q7N), which are only available on Premium Luxury models equipped with the aforementioned Diamond Sky Special Edition Package.
On the inside, the 2021 Cadillac CT5 sees the addition of Super Cruise on Premium Luxury and V-Series models. The driving assistance system includes a leather-wrapped Super Cruise steering wheel along with the contents of the Driver Awareness Plus Package (details listed in Packages section below).
The CT5 range also sees the addition of a 12-inch diagonal, color, reconfigurable digital gauge cluster as an option on Premium Luxury, Sport and CT5-V models (but not on Luxury models). The 8-inch diagonal DIC (Driver Information Center), previously optional, has been deleted. Meanwhile, all models are equipped with a dual digital display with an analog speedometer and tachometer as standard, with the 12-inch digital cluster being an option.
Additionally, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto have been added as standard features. The same goes for the new Buckle to Drive feature, which encourages seat belt use by preventing the vehicle from being shifted out of Park until driver seat belt is fastened. The functionality times out after 20 seconds and can also be turned on and off in Settings or Teen Driver menu.
Meanwhile, the rotary infotainment controller now has a jog functionality (allowing it to be pushed in four directions, rather than only rotated), while SiriusXM gains SiriusXM 360L functionality.
For the 2021 model year, leather-appointed seating has been changed to Leather Seating Surfaces, meaning the entire seat is no longer wrapped in leather. Instead, some parts of the seat will be finished in cloth.
ON Luxury models, the interior decoration trim has changed from a metallic finish aluminum to a low gloss axiom aluminum. For V-Series models and models equipped with the Platinum Package, steering wheel materials have been upgraded with a Senza leather-wrapped horn pad.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 continues to offer the same two engines as the 2020 model.
|Model Year||Vehicle||Engine||Fuel||Aspiration||Driven Wheels||Transmission||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)||Axle Ratio|
|2020 – present||Cadillac CT5 350T||2.0L LSY I4||Gasoline||Turbocharged||RWD or AWD||10-Speed Auto (MHS)||237 / 177 @ 5200||258 / 350 @ 2000-4000||2.85|
|2020 – present||Cadillac CT5 550T||3.0L LGY V6||Gasoline||Turbo||RWD or AWD||10-Speed Auto (MHS)||335 / 250 @ 5400||405 / 550 @ 2350-4000||2.85|
|2020 – present||Cadillac CT5-V||3.0L LGY V6||Gasoline||Turbo||RWD or AWD||10-Speed Auto (MHS)||360 / 268 @ 5400||405 / 550 @ 2350-4000||2.85|
Meanwhile, the Brembo V Performance front brakes (in Blue or Red calipers with a V-Series logo) are now optional on the CT5 Sport model as part of the new V Performance Package, which includes Magnetic Ride Control, Performance suspension, and Mechanical limited-slip differentia. For the 2020 model year, the Brembo V Performance brakes were standard on the CT5 Sport.
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 sees the addition of the aforementioned Diamond Sky Special Edition Package, which is exclusive to Premium Luxury models and includes the following content:
- Diamond Sky Metallic exterior color
- Sky Cool Gray with Jet Black accents interior color combination with unique Diamond Fall seat perforations and Galaxy wood trim
- 19-inch alloy wheels with Diamond Cut/Midnight Silver finish (Q84)
- Upgradeable to 20-inch alloy wheels with Polished/Dark Android gloss finish
- Body-color rocker moldings, extensions, and rear lower diffuser
- Neutral-density tail lamps with gray-tinted transparent outer lens
- Brembo V Performance front brakes
- Blue calipers
- Alloy pedals
The CT5 also sees the addition of the Technology Package, which includes the aforementioned 12-inch diagonal color reconfigurable gauge cluster and a Head-Up Display. Like the Diamond Package, the Technology package is not available on Luxury models.
Meanwhile, the Driver Awareness Plus Package (without Super Cruise) no longer contains the Head-Up Display, but still includes the following features along with the following requirements:
- Premium Luxury models requires Lighting Package
- Not available with Driver Awareness Plus Package (with Super Cruise).
- Sport models require Lighting Package
- Required when Platinum Package is ordered
Furthermore, the Navigation and Bose Premium Audio Package no longer includes the 8-inch diagonal color reconfigurable Driver Information Center display, but still includes the following features and requirements:
- Cadillac user experience with embedded navigation
- Bose Performance Series 15-speaker premium audio system
- Wireless Phone Charging
- For Luxury models, included and only available with Sun and Sound Package
- For Premium Luxury and Sport models, included with Platinum Package
- For V-Series models, included and only available with Premium Package
Additionally, a new V Performance Package becomes available on Sport models. The package, which remains standard on V-Series models, includes Magnetic Ride Control and Performance suspension, along with the following equipment and restrictions:
For Sport models
- Require Brembo V Performance front brakes
- Includes Mechanical limited-slip differential
- Not available with all-wheel drive
For V-Series models
- Includes Electronic limited-slip differential
2021 Cadillac CT5 Availability
The 2021 Cadillac CT5 went into production in late Q3 2020 at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan. As such, 2021 units are already on dealer lots. The plant has now stopped production of 2021 model year units as it undergoes a changeover to the 2022 model year in the midst of the ongoing microchip shortage.
Looking ahead, we expect the first-generation CT5 luxury sedan to live on thru at least the 2025 model year. A replacement will likely come in the form of an electric model.
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Standard CT4 and CT5 also affected.