Compact sedan takes after the Escala concept
As consumer demand shifts to crossovers, Cadillac has revamped its entire sedan strategy. Instead of making “tweener” vehicles, Cadillac will position its next-generation of sedans to fall in line with normal segment sizes. And it’s essentially replacing the outgoing ATS and CTS with one new vehicle: the all-new, 2020 Cadillac CT5. But does the new car make a big enough statement to fill two holes in the lineup? Let’s explore the new design below.
Taking inspiration from the stunning Escala concept, the CT5 features a broad grille with accent trim lining the bottom. This replaces the taller, narrower grille found on the ATS and CTS. The lower vents are more prominent now, and they connect together as one long bar like on the Escala. The thin LED headlights are en vogue, but are oriented vertically, sticking with a theme seen on the CTS and ATS.
The overall design varies with the trim level. On Luxury and Premium Luxury models, you’ll see bright exterior accents like what we’re used to seeing on Cadillacs. Sport models represent a welcome departure for the brand, featuring a more athletic look. These have a black mesh grille, and unique rocker extensions, spoiler, and wheels.
From the side, the CT5 reveals its fastback intentions. Lines across the body and windows have been updated to give the model a windswept look. The new proportions make the CT5 look long and low, but even though it’s a compact sedan. The model is shorter than the CTS but has a longer wheelbase. In the rear, the taillights take a unique “7” shape, and they look remarkably thin when lit up. Even on the Sport trim, the exhaust pipes have a rectangular shape.
Inside, the CT5 receives a 10-inch infotainment screen. This unit can be controlled via touch or a new rotary controller on the center console. Lots of buttons are centered in a cluster underneath the infotainment system, but at least space is saved with a tiny shifter. Other features on tap include heated and ventilated front seats with massage function and 18-way adjustability, alloy pedals, carbon fiber interior trim, 8-inch driver information center display, three USB ports, and wireless charging. You can get the CT5 with wood accents, also pictured below.
Do you think the 2020 Cadillac CT5 is refreshing or revolting? How does it compare to the design of the ATS and CTS? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.