Cadillac debuts the new CT5 to try and take command of a competitive luxury sedan market.
The CT5, Cadillac’s replacement to the CTS and ATS sedans, just debuted ahead of its grand unveiling at the New York Auto Show. Cadillac is taking a page out of other luxury marques by adopting the fastback design, which seems all the rage on brands like BMW and Genesis. They’ve also loaded the CT5 with as much technology as they possibly could, which means we’ve got a lot of things to discuss on the new sedan.
First, the CT5 comes in three trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport. On most models, Sport would be the base-level trim, but on the CT5 it’s the Luxury. The big differences between the Luxury and Sport trims appears to be mostly cosmetic, with the Luxury trims getting a bunch of chrome accents while the Sport gets darker accents along with a different front fascia, rockers, a spoiler, and standard 19-inch wheels. Sport also gets Brembo front brakes to add a little branding to its “sporty” credibility.
Standard engine is a 2.0-L inline 4-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbo. Cadillac didn’t provide power numbers for that engine yet, but they did for the 3.0-L twin-turbo V6, which is 335 hp and 400 lb-ft torque. The only transmission choice is a 10-speed automatic with RWD standard and AWD as an available option.
Now that we’ve got power out of the way, let’s talk amenities, which the CT5 has a lot of. Cadillac is making a big deal out of their Super Cruise function, which amounts to a worse semi-autonomous mode than Tesla because it only works on “limited-access” highways in the US and Canada. GM is being very timid about their autonomous driving tech in order to avoid Tesla’s reputation for occasionally driving into a parked car.
Adaptive Remote Start is a neat feature which essentially turns on the heated/vented seats, heated steering wheel, and climate control depending on the ambient temperature as soon as you start the car. The cabin also has an ionic air purifier and available front seat massagers.
Standard safety features include forward collision alert, low speed forward automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking. There’s also available enhanced forward automatic emergency braking (which Cadillac fails to explain what makes it so enhanced), advanced adaptive cruise control (which Cadillac fails to explain what makes it so advanced), and an HD surround camera system with a recorder.
We’ll get more details when the CT5 takes a bow at the New York Auto Show next week.