Alex Misoyannis • Cadillac has this week released technical details and additional photos of its upcoming CT5 sedan to coincide with its debut at the New York motor show.
Initial photos of the sedan were released last month, but this is our first good look at its cabin, and the first concrete details we've seen about its size and technology.
Cadillac classes it as a compact sedan to rival the BMW 3 Series, but the CT5’s dimensions indicate it's a much bigger car. It measures 4924mm long, 1883mm wide and 1452mm tall, with a 2947mm wheelbase. That's 15mm wider than the BMW 5 Series sitting a class above.
We’ve covered the CT5’s appearance in an earlier article, but essentially it combines the sedan-specific styling elements of the larger CT6 with cues from Cadillac’s latest XT4 and XT6. Up front, Cadillac’s iconic grille is flanked by a set of LED headlights and vertical daytime running lights, while around the rear there’s faux C-pillar trim and thin LED taillights.
Two distinct trim lines will be offered: Sport and Luxury. Sport models are equipped with dark accents, a spoiler and 19-inch wheels, while Luxury vehicles get bright chrome exterior accents with unique grilles and details.
Inside, there’s a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted in the centre of the dash, which sits above neat climate controls and a centre console finished in open-pore wood.
In front of the driver sits a leather-wrapped steering wheel, placed in front of an analogue dials flanking a digital display. Available interior features include semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated, ventilated and massaging power-adjustable seats, magnesium paddle shifters and carbon-fibre trim.
Two engines are available in the new CT5. Entry-level models get a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit producing 177kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Meanwhile, higher-spec models get the option of a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 making 250kW and 542Nm.
Both engines are paired to the same 10-speed automatic transmission and send their power to either the rear or all four wheels.
Four drive modes are available – Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and My Mode – altering the transmission, steering weight, brake feel, exhaust note and the front/rear torque split on all-wheel drive models.
Technology wise, all CT5s get Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous system, which allows drivers to cruise hands-free on over 200,000 kilometres of North American highway.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5 makes its public debut at the New York motor show later this week, ahead of a US market launch later this year.
Like all modern Cadillacs, it won’t be be reaching Aussie shores.