By on April 16, 2019

Last month, Cadillac digitally unveiled the all-new CT5 sedan — leaving little to the imagination. We learned Caddy’s upcoming model will come with either a turbocharged 2.0-liter four or a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, though General Motors decided to stop short of sharing output figures and pricing.

While the cost continues to remain a mystery, GM provided output specs and loads of additional details for the CT5’s physical debut at the New York International Auto Show.

With order books opening in this fall, the sedan will be offered in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trims. The standard 2.0-liter will provide 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, whereas the Premium and Sport variants provide access to a V6 with 335 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with GM’s 10-speed automatic, channeling power to the rear wheels.

To ensure its place on Northern shopping lists, Cadillac says all-wheel drive will be available across the board.

Super Cruise, previously limited to the flagship CT6, will make its way to the smaller CT5 as part of Cadillac’s push to market the vehicle as a technological marvel. Most of that comes via driver assistance features, which this model has in spades. Still, GM stressed that both of the CT5’s motors incorporate direct injection, camshaft phasing, cylinder deactivation, and automatic stop/start “to balance performance, refinement and efficiency.”

There was also some talk about mechanical and electronic sound tuning aimed at augmenting the driving experience while minimizing unwanted noise in the cabin. We’ll wait until we’ve had a chance to drive the car before sharing any complaints about fake engine noises.

CT5 customers will have to wait until 2020 to gain access to the semi-autonomous Super Cruise system. However, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking (forward and reverse), automatic parking assist with braking, HD Surround Vision (with recording capabilities), rear pedestrian detection with alerts, and plenty more should be available at launch. Standard safety content is less impressive — Cadillac will offer forward collision alerts, an improved rear-facing camera, safety alert seat, and low-speed automatic emergency braking at no extra cost.

That’s about all you can get on the base CT5. Most of the best content is locked away behind the Premium Luxury and Sport trims, though notable exceptions include heated and cooled front seats (with optional lumbar massage), heated steering wheel, and an ionizing air-purification system. Standard adaptive remote start will also let you pre-set those features before entering the vehicle.

A 10-inch touchscreen is the default center stack infotainment portal, while buyers will have a choice of 4.2- or 8-inch gauge cluster display. While Cadillac’s CUE hasn’t been our favorite interface, the CT5’s infotainment system looks to have an acceptable number of buttons and knobs. The rest of the interior looks good, too, with leather and wood complementing each other on the Luxury trim.

Going with the Sport model changes the aesthetics quite a bit. Splurging means Cadillac will supply bolstered seats, a unique steering wheel with magnesium shift paddles, special 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes (front only), mesh grille, extended rocker panels, a spoiler, and real-assed carbon fiber trim pieces — in place of the standard woodgrain.

Adapted from the Alpha platform, the CT5 uses a MacPherson front suspension with a five-link independent rear, similar to the CTS. Cadillac claims the setup had evolved and now incorporates new ZF dampers. The sedan’s overall length of 193.8 inches makes it slightly shorter than the midsize CTS. However, its wheelbase is a bit longer than the car it replaces, resulting in relatively short overhangs. Expect a curb weight of at least 3,660 pounds, as the manufacturer only provided the lightest model’s heft.

As for pricing, it’s anybody’s guess. We assume Cadillac will attempt to slightly undercut the BMW 3 Series. That would give the model an entry point just shy of $40,000. If you want to catch a glimpse of the 2020 Cadillac CT5 and play Guess What It’s Worth, the sedan will be on display at the New York Auto Show throughout April.

[Images: General Motors]

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53 Comments on “Physical Debut of 2020 Cadillac CT5 Offers Additional Insight...”

  • avatar

    I can’t tell from the pictures, is the DLO glass or trim?

    pictures from other sites make it look like a 2008 Cruze.

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    “The standard 2.0-liter will provide 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, whereas the Premium and Sport variants provide access to a V6 with 335 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with GM’s 10-speed automatic, channeling power to the rear wheels.”

    Still seems like a huge power-gap between base and upgrade. Wait until the curb weight is released. There might be stock 2.0T Buicks that have better power to weight ratios. (Channeling Norm I know…)

    • 0 avatar

      The CTS is 3800+ so to me the 4 cyl seems adequate at best. Not to mention the usual comments about 4 cylinders not being a premium powerplant. Frankly I’d look at a TLX instead, at least I have more confidence of it being reliable, even if it’s not truly a luxury car.

      • 0 avatar

        Well the “de-tuned” 2.0T as being used by Cadillac is supposedly “more refined” than the 250 hp/290 lb ft (in AWD guise) used by Buick.

        I call bull$hit.

        • 0 avatar

          Dan, I’m with you. Just picked up a lease of a GLC with the 4 banger and it sounds like a quiet diesel. The rest of the thing is really good, but the engine note is garbage.

          • 0 avatar

            @jkross22, with my wife’s Terrain 2.5 DI naturally aspirated the engine note is diesel like outside but inside they loaded it up on sound deadening to the point where you just can’t hear it.

            My FIL current gen Terrain with 2.0T is even quieter inside to where I have to pay attention to the tach to know that the revs are climbing or falling.

    • 0 avatar

      Refinement is nice, but so is power and I for one am not really thrilled with the reduction in hp and torque from the outgoing 2.0T as found in the CTS.

      I have read in at least one other source that the curb weight will be slightly below the outgoing CTS, which I think would translate into sub 4000 lbs for most if not all trims?

      I like this new Caddy, I think I like the overall design of the outgoing CTS better, but if we are looking at a vehicle sized and priced more along the lines of an entry 3 series, I think its a nice option. Unfortunately, Cadillac Luxury sport sedans arent something the market is really demanding at the moment and regardless of its charms or merits, this isnt bound to sell well.

    • 0 avatar

      The 2.0T or LSY motor as first seen in the new XT4 is an all new power plant and not related to the old 2.0T. It has been reduced in power mainly for NVH characteristics and new upcoming emissions targets in much the same way as Hyundai’s ever shrinking 2.0T that now makes only 235 HP in the heavy new Sante Fe. The only good thing about the LSY is that it doesn’t require premium fuel at least in the XT4 version.

  • avatar

    Interior looks like it continues GM’s recent improvements, but rear 3/4 sideview profile is really, really awful looking.

    Like the recent Camaro front end gaffe, GM Styling will be redoing this design in a hurry lest this vehicle be DOA 18 months from now.

    Barra’s regime has produced some of the worst looking GM Designs in history. Bill Mitchell is currently hurling into an airsickness back from Design Heaven.


  • avatar

    Lexus has had an ionizing air purification system in its cars for more than a decade.

    It’s called “Plasmacluster”. Even in some Toyotas. Keeps mildew from growing in the a/c too.

  • avatar

    The ratings on the 2.0T are disappointing, although I would never have bought that engine anyway. Torque on the V6 sounds good, but horsepower seems a little short. The lower rating might help with the turbo lag of the original 3.0T?

    I’ve also read that the stop/start will be defeatable, which is a blessing.

    • 0 avatar

      Can you program the stop/start to “remember” it’s setting between ignition cycles?

      Whoever’s the primary GM “hack” vendor is going to be making a killing on a device to do just that!

      (Heard the startup of a Grand Cherokee I was beside on the sidewalk when the light went green — didn’t sound as blatant as a Malibu’s system, say, but it sounded rough enough that you could probably feel it inside the vehicle! Yuck!)

      • 0 avatar


        Some start/stops are INCREDIBLY BAD. I was upgraded to a rental Mercedes Benz GLC300 last month. The amount of shaking was real bad upon relight. I hate GGM products. But their start/stop is the best. Hard to notice on some models.

  • avatar

    I feel like I’ve seen it before.

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    Find a rear three-quarters picture of CT5 and the Escala concept and you’ll find – remarkably – that a lot of the new car’s styling is straight off the concept. And from the C-pillar forward, it works, even if the production car is quite a bit taller and stubbier than the show car. But the CT5’s rear flanks aren’t long and low enough to carry off the Escala’s fastback, which is why they tried that odd-shaped chrome piece in back of the rear window.

    So what happened? My guess is that this car was intended to be a CTS replacement, and was thus supposed to be longer, but when the sedan lineup got reshuffled, they had to shorten the design. Shame, because aside from that C-pillar, I think it looks terrific – I love the front end design, in particular.

    Solution? Take that weird pointy stub off the C-pillar chrome wedge, and bring the forward surface of the rear taillight assembly forward a bit.

    The real solution, of course, would be to have the Escala’s design on something the size of the CT6.

  • avatar

    I cannot praise this poor excuse for styling enough but to say the front end resembles a cleaned up sad sack Nissan, while the remainder looks like a hunched-up fastback bread van, too narrow and tall. It’s ungainly and awkward at best. Do they employ genuine stylists at GM any more? We know they have no Marketing Chief VP who could have called a halt to this desecration of Cadillac, so instead we have someone or other’s idea of a Caddy never checked/critiqued by professional colleagues and then merely dumped on an unsuspecting public with corporate fingers crossed.

    Maybe it’ll be a hit in Outer Mongolia. Stranger things have happened.

  • avatar

    I like it and I want one.

  • avatar

    That is a terrible-looking car, for Cadillac or any other brand.

  • avatar

    If nothing else, this car generates opinions. Seems like they chose its colors and the dark backdrop intentionally… will be very curious to see that rear DLO fail on a light colored CT5 in a bright setting.

  • avatar

    1. Why would they dial down the 2.0T compared to the 275 hp of the last-gen ATS/CTS?
    2. Why is it so heavy (for a smaller Alpha car?)

    Also, no 6MT. I saw this coming and I lament it.

  • avatar

    Although I don’t own one I’ve been a Cadillac fanboy. Despite poor sales I admired their pursuit to create great handling and performing cars. Unfortunately it didn’t stimulate sales. I also loved the art & science design language. Cadillac wasn’t trying to look like a BMW, Lexus or Mercedes but instead created a uniquely American design. Like it or not…I liked it…It was distinctly Cadillac.
    This new design is a true let down…What is the aesthetic? The treatment at the C pillar is horrible…Infinti? I wish Cadillac luck but I’m no longer a fan.

    • 0 avatar

      Sharp edges of previous “Art and Science” models offended Chinese principles of feng shui and were shunned by many Chinese as a result. Not kidding, something Cadillac has been trying to rectify for years now while attempting to keep the overall design language. We have seen the continuous softening of the original CTS inspired designs ever since. It is less polarizing, which is always a good thing for sales, but agree, it is not as beautiful as the originals and has no “Wow” factor anymore.

      Still, the hate on this car for the flow into the C pillar and being down a few horsepower from the last gen CTS is not warranted in my opinion. Seems like a solid offering if they price it right.

    • 0 avatar

      “Cadillac wasn’t trying to look like a BMW, Lexus or Mercedes but instead created a uniquely American design.”

      What is an American design? I hear this buff book talk and always wonder what exactly they’re talking about. Tail fins? McDonald’s french fry boxes? Air Jordan’s?

  • avatar

    Put the LT4 in it and it will look just fine from the drivers seat. I’ll hold my opinion until I see the V.

    And yes, I realize the LT4 isn’t likely for this car but it needs a V8. If only Cadillac had a twin turbo 4.2l V8 lying around…

  • avatar

    What do you get when you cross a Saturn Ion with a current Honda Accord with some Nissan Maxima thrown in. Why a 2020 Cadillac XT5 of course. What a styling disaster. Whoever penned this mess should be ashamed of themselves.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    I do hope the new 2.0T has improved NVH. The ATS was a notch below the sporty but smoothe German 2.0T.Overall though , I preferred the previous design appearance. I wish they would’ve gone clean sheet with the Camaro instead of the
    CTS. But it wasn’t selling so I get the need for change.
    We’ll see what the smaller sedan looks like. I’m glad at least they’re not giving up on the segment.
    If Ford were to build a Lincoln 4 door Mustang variant I have no doubt it would look better.

  • avatar

    Interior looks cheap. Hey Cadillac, why can’t you take what worked in the CT6 and improve on it? Or is that what you think you did and came up with this?

    Hey Mary Barra, your interior design team (or whoever makes the decisions on that team) needs to head on over to the optical dept. at Costco. It appears they all may have undiagnosed astigmatisms.

  • avatar
    Michael S6

    Cadillac is pushing a bargain by selling a 5 series/E class/A6 class car for price of a 3 series car. How is this car which has a longer and wider wheelbase than a CTS be a replacement for ATS ?

  • avatar

    Hey everybody, look at that, a tablet holder on the dash !!!

  • avatar

    The CT5 ooks like an Infiniti with an aftermarket grill–not distinctive at all.

    At least it doesn’t look as grossly overpriced as an XT4. I saw my first one last week and it looks like it should compete with Acura instead of Audi.

  • avatar

    Guangzhou-Guadalajara Motors (GGM) strikes again, with slapdash styling and 7% American-made parts content, 33% Hecho En Mexico parts, and the remainder made in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.


    • 0 avatar

      Well, those other countries aren’t going to get rich off vast sales of this ugly duckling anyway – whether your figures are true or issued from your left earhole.

      Compare this CT5’s styling to the new Lincoln Corsair station wagon (it’s no crossover, doesn’t even have the ground clearance of a ’60s car). One looks like the ravings of a lost cause, the other is kind of svelte even if does have bush suspension. The Brits call them bushes, we call them bushings but don’t tell Lincoln marketers that, they’re just reading off Kuga spec sheets.

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