As regular GM Authority readers may recall, we recently covered the reason behind the multiple infotainment system controls equipped by certain examples of the Cadillac CT4 luxury sedan. Now, we’re here to examine why the Cadillac CT5 offers a similar setup.
Per previous GM Authority coverage, select units of the 2020 and 2021 Cadillac CT4 include two sets of physical controls for the infotainment system, with the redundant controls added as a result of the multiple powertrain and transmission options available. As covered previously, non-Blackwing Cadillac CT4 models are available with either the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, or the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, with the former running the GM eight-speed automatic transmission, and the latter running the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the eight-speed, the Cadillac CT4 also includes a conventional shift lever, which doesn’t allow for the addition of Cadillac’s console-mounted rotary dial and surrounding buttons, thus placing volume and selection knobs are located under the infotainment screen. Meanwhile, examples of the CT4 running the GM 10-speed automatic transmission also incorporate the GM Electronic Precision Shift Lever, which does leave room on the center console for the infotainment system rotary dial and buttons.
So, what does all this have to do with the Cadillac CT5? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot, as the Cadillac CT5 uses an almost identical infotainment control setup as the slightly smaller Cadillac CT4. All units of the Cadillac CT5 are equipped with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and Electronic Precision Shift, which allows for the placement of the console-mounted rotary dial and surrounding buttons. To note, this is all in addition to the touchscreen controls.
As a reminder, the 2020 and 2021 Cadillac CT5 feature three powertrain options, including the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY gasoline engine offered in two states of tune, rated at either 335 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, or 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque in the Cadillac CT5-V. All three engine configurations mate to the GM 10-speed automatic.