Cadillac’s pledge to launch a new vehicle every six months continues with the introduction of the 2020 CT5, a sedan that essentially replaces the ATS and CTS in the luxury brand’s lineup. A smaller CT4 will be shown later this year, the CT6 remains available, and Cadillac’s crossover lineup is expanding, too. The XT4 recently launched, the new three-row XT6 goes on sale soon, and a refreshed XT5 will be shown later this year.
“We’re still very committed to sedans,” Cadillac president Steve Carlisle said. People who buy sedans often do so deliberately—they are SUV-rejecters. “Sedans also serve as a gateway to the brand,” he said. And there is ample opportunity for growth in key large markets such as China so Cadillac will not be exiting the car market any time soon.
Visitors to the 2019 New York auto show next month will see the 2019 Cadillac CT5, which is being assembled at the Lansing Grand River plant and will be on sale near the end of the year. A social media campaign starts rolling out today with new videos weekly until the final one April 16, ahead of the auto show.
The CT5 will have a standard 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and optional 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. Both are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new Cadillac is a rear-drive car, on the Alpha architecture, and all-wheel drive will be available on all trim levels.
Under the new badging system Cadillac is implementing, the back end will sport a new badge that says 350T, meaning the 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will deliver approximately 350 newton meters (Nm) of torque (295 lb-ft). The 3.0-liter generates about 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which would require a torque-figure badge that rounds up to say 550T. The “T” denotes turbocharged.