The 2020 CT5 Is Cadillac’s New, Rear-Drive Sports Sedan. The ATS and CTS are going away. Here’s the new car that slots between the two.
The Cadillac ATS and CTS helped changed perceptions of the American luxury brand. Suddenly, the company that made your old man’s luxury barge was outdoing BMW at its own game. That means this car, the 2020 CT5, has a lot to live up to.
The CT5 rides on what Cadillac terms “an evolution” of GM’s rear-drive Alpha platform, which currently underpins the ATS, CTS, CT6 and Chevy Camaro. Standard, you’ll get a 2.0-liter turbo four, while a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 will be available as an option. Cadillac hasn’t released any specs, but in the CT6, those engines offer 237 and 404 horsepower, respectively. Both will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will be optional.
Design wise, the CT5 is an evolution of what’s come before, sporting the new Cadillac corporate face we’ve seen on the face-lifted CT6 and new XT4 and XT6 SUVs. In profile, things are more different, with less of a dramatic rising beltline and a more coupe-like window shape.