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2020 Cadillac CT5: First Look

  • The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is an all-new model.

  • Two twin-turbo engine choices mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission provide the go.

  • Cadillac Super Cruise hands-free driving technology available in 2020.

  • Available hands-free rear decklid.

Somewhat bucking the current industry trends favoring crossovers, Cadillac rolled out an all-new sedan at this year’s New York Auto Show. Whether it’s blind stubbornness or insightful soothsaying, Cadillac is busy restructuring its sedan stable. Among its goals is building sedans that fit more comfortably within specific sedan segments. The latest accomplishment in that endeavor is the all-new nameplate, the 2020 Cadillac CT5. Filling the shoes of not one, but two models (the ATS and the CTS), this compact sedan sits atop General Motors’ next-generation Alpha Platform. Rear-wheel drive is its standard configuration, but all-wheel drive will be available on all three grades.

Not as long as the CTS, the CT5 has a longer wheelbase and targets competitors like the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Joining the CT5 later in this year will be the smaller CT4.

The Vessel

In profile, the CT5 looks very much like a fastback. Its sheet metal is less busy than we’ve come to expect from contemporary Cadillac design with fewer angles and creases. Dominating the front view is a huge grille. LED daytime running lights track from the front bumper along the LED headlights and on into the front fenders. In the rear, Y-shaped LED tail lights flank the wide decklid. Run-flat and self-sealing tires will be among the rubber choices that will be fitted to 18-, 19- or 20-in wheels.

The Cradle

Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport are the three trim levels. Filled with real leather, wood and metal accents, the CT5 cabin is head and shoulders above the interiors in the ATS or the CTS. Dominating the center of the instrument panel is a 10-in infotainment touchscreen with a large dial on the center console for added control. Three USB ports, wireless phone charging and available Wi-Fi hot spot helps keep occupants connected. A Platinum Package upgrade is offered on the Premium Luxury and Sport grades that includes uber-luxury items, such as upgraded leather seats, heated/ventilated/lumbar messaging front seats, carbon-fiber accents, a thicker steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters and alloy pedals.

Plenty of legroom, but tight headroom due to the sloping roof design characterize the back seat. The trunk offers roughly 12 cu ft. of cargo space.

The Furnace

Standard go is from a 237-horsepower 2.0-liter twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine funneling output through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Available on the Premium Luxury and Sport trims is a 335-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. It also makes use of the 10-speed automatic tranny. Both mills benefit from cylinder deactivation, as well as stop/start technologies, enhancing fuel economy.

The Tech

Whether it’s entertainment, connectivity, safety or driver assistance, the CT5 bristles with technology. From active noise cancellation to engine sound enhancement, and from standard remote start to the (late availability) Super Cruise hands-free driving system, this sedan pampers and protects.

Available technologies include a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, park assist, front/rear auto braking with rear pedestrian detection. Even the exterior door handles are high tech, hiding the release inside the handle.

How Much and When

Cadillac has yet to announce pricing. That won’t come until nearer the on-sale date, which will be fall of 2019. Reports are, however, prices will begin in the mid $40,000 range. Find a Cadillac for sale

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Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More

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