The saloon, which is set to replace both ATS and the CTS in a couple of years certainly has its work cut out
The Cadillac ATS and CTS are on their way out and what they are being replaced with is this, the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5. Soon, the lineup will also include a smaller CT saloon, which, although yet to be named, our money would be on CT4, thanks to our immense powers of logical deduction etc…
Anyway, back to the CT5. Size-wise it awkwardly wedges itself between the ATS and CTS and is set to be revealed at next month’s New York International Auto Show. Stylistically, it’s not exactly revolutionary and echoes the design language we saw on the new XT4, with the signature vertical LED daytime running lights straddling the front bumper and the fender. There is some fussy detailing near the C-pillar, but most of it is largely inoffensive.
However, on to more important matters, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 is based on General Motors’ Alpha platform, which means it’ll send the drive to the rear-wheels, like it should, although all-wheel drive will be available as an option for those who need the extra grip on our mostly bone-dry roads.
The CT5’s platform underpins the ATS, CTS, CT6 and Chevy Camaro, which means there is quite an expectation when it comes to its driving dynamics. The base model will be equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, while a more powerful 3.0-litre twin-turbo V-6 will be available. The engines will be paired with GM’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
That’s all well and good, but where Cadillac really falls short of its German rivals is interior quality and design and the CT5 – let us hope – addresses that issue when we get the first peek at the interior at the car’s full reveal in New York.
Whaddya reckon? Would you have this over a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz? Answers in the comments box below.