The Rear Camera Mirror feature offered on the Cadillac CT5 feeds an image of what’s behind the vehicle to a display installed within the luxury sedan’s rear view mirror. On closer inspection of the CT5’s comms fin, however, will reveal a rear-facing camera lens, which is responsible for capturing the video for the Rear Camera Mirror.
This placement is quite unique, so GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft asked Cadillac CT5 Chief Engineer, Alex MacDonald, about the decision to install the lens within the fin, rather than above the license plate – where the lens for the CT5’s backup camera (also known as the rear view camera) is mounted.
MacDonald explained that Cadillac utilities (crossover and SUVs) equipped with the Rear Camera Mirror feature mount the camera lens above the license plate because these vehicles sit higher than a sedan, making the lens’ position relative to the road more suitable for the Rear Camera Mirror view.
“If you are looking at the camera, it’s very odd and unnatural to look up and see down. The SUVs can get away with it but when you try to do that with cameras down here it’s a really odd sensation,” MacDonald explained.
Since the Cadillac CT5 sits closer to the road surface, the comms fin is a perfect location for the Rear Camera Mirror lens. Installing the camera in the fin has the secondary benefit of eliminating the need for a Rear Camera Mirror Washer, which would be necessary if the camera lens is placed just above the license plate, therefore making it more exposed to far more backsplash from the road compared to a lens positioned within the comms fin.
In fact, Cadillac utilities like the XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade and Lyriq, all which feature the Rear Camera Mirror lens just above their respective license plates, all feature the aforementioned washer feature.
As a reminder, the Rear Camera Mirror delivers a view of what’s behind the vehicle. The feature’s primary benefit is that it shows an unobstructed view of what’s behind the vehicle, without pillars, rear seat occupants, or the like.
Meanwhile, the Cadillac CT5 is offered with one of three engine choices. These include the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine providing output of 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine is denoted by the 350T badge on the decklid and is offered on the Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims.
Meanwhile, the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 LGY gasoline engine is offered as an option on the Premium Luxury trim, where it’s denoted by the 550T badge and is rated at 335 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The LGY is also the standard (and only) powerplant in the CT5-V, where it’s tuned to deliver 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the CT5-V Blackwing is powered by GM’s supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, rated at 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque.
No matter the model or engine, all Cadillac CT5 units ride on the GM Alpha 2 platform. Production takes place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan for all markets with the exception of China. Chinese market CT5 units are built at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai.