Just weeks after GM Authority outlined everything we know and expect about the Cadillac sedan’s update so far, the first images of the refreshed Cadillac CT5 have just leaked in China.
SAIC-GM’s future product statement for the upcoming refreshed Cadillac CT5 has been partially leaked in Chinese media, which has published the first images and some technical data of the mid-cycle update for the luxury brand’s best-selling model in the Asian country. For some reason, the leaked statement of the refreshed CT5 did not include full photos of the vehicle but only some parts of the body and mainly the front fascia.
However, the first images of the refreshed Cadillac CT5 are enough to reveal the model’s most substantial design change, concentrated at the front with new headlights, a revised grille and new lower bumper finish that will vary depending on trim. Just as the spy photos anticipated, the updated CT5’s headlights have a larger format with a new lighting signature that extends both vertically and horizontally.
In particular, the refreshed Cadillac CT5 leak includes images of the Luxury and Sport trims that not only differ by grille mesh design and gloss or dark finishes, but also specific bumpers. The Luxury trim features trim with continuous, flowing lines, while the Sport trim features sharper, more interrupted shapes with the entire lower bumper lip in body color.
Mechanically, the refreshed Cadillac CT5 will keep the same powertrain lineup of the current model in the Chinese market. It’s made up of a turbocharged 1.5L I4 engine that develops 155 kW or 208 horsepower as a base option, in addition to the well-known turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY engine that develops 174 kW or 233 horsepower, coupled to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
The upcoming refreshed Cadillac CT5 is expected to make its global debut in the coming months and is confirmed for both China and North America. Exterior styling tweaks saw the sedan’s body grow slightly from the current 193.8 inches (4,923 mm) to 194.1 inches (4,930 mm) in length, while the cabin will adopt a redesigned dashboard with the brand’s new 33-inch 9K curved display module.