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Cadillac CT5 Research

The Car Connection Cadillac CT5 Overview

The Cadillac CT5 is a mid-size luxury sedan for buyers fatigued from crossover crossfire among high-dollar automakers.

With the CT5, Cadillac has an effective replacement for the CTS sedan, although the CT5 is smaller. With the ATS and CTS on their way out, the CT5 and smaller CT4 compact sedan will replace their positions on dealers' lots, even if they're not like-for-like new models.

MORE: Read our 2020 Cadillac CT5 preview

The CT5 rivals some of the most prolific luxury sedans on the planet, including the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and others. The Cadillac CT5 will be sold in Luxury and Sport trim levels.

The new Cadillac CT5

Taking cues from the Cadillac Escala concept shown in 2016 at Pebble Beach, the Cadillac CT5 strikes out in a new stylistic direction for the automaker. Gone are the jagged lines of Cadillac's Art & Science motif that draped over the CT5's predecessor, the CTS, replaced by hewn shoulders and sharper lines on its new car. The CT5's headlights are vertically oriented and bookend a wide horizontal grille, while chiseled lines along the hood and body break up some of the wide expanses of metal. 

The CT5 initially will be available with a choice between two turbocharged powertains: a 2.0-liter turbo-4 or 3.0-liter turbo-6. Both are paired exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission and can drive the rear or all four wheels, when optionally equipped.

Cadillac hasn't yet outlined performance for either engine, but similar powertrains in the larger CT6 sedan make 265 and 404 horsepower, respectively, and power the bigger sedan from 0-60 mph in six seconds or less. Higher-performance versions of the CT5 should arrive later, perhaps powered by Cadillac's potent twin-turbo V-8.

Inside, Cadillac will stuff the CT5 with the latest tech, including its infotainment system that uses a touchscreen and rotary controller. In other Cadillac models, the infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, likely appearing in the CT5 as well. The new CT5 will also likely offer SuperCruise, Cadillac's proprietary driver-assistance software that combines active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and mapping data to offer handsfree driving on highways. The system requires driver attention, however, and only works on roads mapped by Cadillac. Bose premium audio will be offered on the new sedan as well.

Cadillac has promised it will build a new generation of electric vehicles, beginning in 2022. It's expected the CT5 sedan might be one of the brand's last gas-powered sedans, as it prepares a new electric flagship car to take on the Tesla Model S.

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