Future Cadillac CTS
We expect the next-generation Cadillac CTS to reach the market for the 2020 model year as all-new model with a new name. Until then, we expect the current, third-generation CTS to receive minor changes, updates, and improvements.
|Last redesigned model year:||2014 (third generation)|
|Expected redesign model year:||2020 (fourth generation, first generation CT5)|
|Expected name:||Cadillac CT5|
|Current platform:||Alpha (Alpha 1)|
|Future platform:||Alpha 2|
|Layout:||FR (front-engined, rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive)|
|Current body styles:||four-door sedan|
|Future body styles:||four-door sedan, two-door coupe and four-door wagon possible|
|Segment:||midsize sport-luxury (E-segment)|
|Expected gasoline engines:||turbo I-4, naturally aspirated and turbocharged V-6, twin-turbo 8 cylinder, possible plug-in hybrid|
|Expected diesel engines:||four-cylinder turbo-diesel|
|Expected transmissions:||GM 10-speed automatic|
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the future Cadillac CTS. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Cadillac.
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- What: an all-new midsize sport-luxury sedan, likely called Cadillac CT5
- When: a launch in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model year vehicle
- Why: an all-new CT5 will strengthen Cadillac’s position in the midsize sport-luxury sedan segment against strong competition such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6 family
- Where: sold in all current markets where Cadillac has a business presence, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe. The next CTS could be sold in more countries if the Cadillac brand enters new markets.
Following are our expectations of the future Cadillac CTS:
- Based on the GM Alpha 2 platform, driven by the rear wheels with optional all-wheel-drive
- Called Cadillac CT5, in line with Cadillac’s new vehicle naming nomenclature
- Maintain the exquisite driving characteristics of the third-generation CTS, while delivering all-new exterior and interior
- Introduce a much-improved interior, with increased levels of refinement, luxury, and convenience
- Include the GM Super Cruise autonomous driving technology
- Introduce the new Cadillac 4.2L V-8 DOHC twin-turbo engine
- Introduce a plug-in hybrid/PHEV variant like the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
Though some reports from analysts have pegged that a replacement for the third-generation Cadillac CTS has been cancelled, we have reason to believe that this is inaccurate and that a CT# replacement on the GM A2 platform is coming.
What’s more, the next CTS will be one of the vehicles spearheading Cadillac’s first fully-committed and fully-funded strategy to sell its vehicles in the highly-competitive European market, where Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen reign supreme.
We expect the upcoming future Cadillac CTS to continue being available as a midsize luxury sedan. A two-door coupe variant is possible, though unlikely. A convertible model is possible.
We expect the starting price of the next Cadillac CTS to be in the $50,000 range, a slight increase compared to the third-generation model.
We expect the next CTS to ride on the GM Alpha 2 (A2) platform shared with the next Cadillac ATS (CT3) and Chevrolet Camaro.
We expect the next Cadillac CTS to feature the following engine choices:
- New turbo 2.0L I-4 engine with automatic engine stop/start functionality to replace the GM 2.0L Turbo LTG (gasoline)
- 3.6L V-6 LGX with automatic engine stop/start functionality as an upgrade over the 2.0L Turbo
- Twin-Turbo 3.0L V-6 LGW (gasoline)
- New Twin-Turbo Cadillac 4.2L V-8 DOHC engine in CTS V-Sport (gasoline)
- Supercharged 6.2L V-8 LT4 or LT5 in CTS-V (gasoline)
- Electric plug-in hybrid/PHEV (gasoline/electric)
- New turbo-diesel engine for European markets (diesel)
We expect that the next CTS will only be offered with the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission; the plug-in hybrid model will have its own powertrain.
The future Cadillac CTS will have the following competitors:
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- BMW 5 Series/6 Series
- Audi A6 family/A7 family
- Volvo S90/V90
- Maserati Ghibli
- Lexus GS
- Infiniti Q70
- Acura RLX
- Genesis G80
Before The All-New Model
Before the all-new future CTS reaches the market, we expect the current third-generation Cadillac CTS to receive minor changes, updates, and improvements. See information about the current CTS by using the following links:
- 2014 Cadillac CTS
- 2015 Cadillac CTS
- 2016 Cadillac CTS
- 2017 Cadillac CTS
- 2018 Cadillac CTS
- 2019 Cadillac CTS
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