As part of Cadillac’s ongoing plan to reshuffle, rename, and/or replace its entire lineup with a new or refreshed model every six months, the Cadillac CTS and ATS are out. In their place comes the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5, which is set to debut fully at next month’s New York auto show.
Cadillac is replacing the ATS and CTS with the CT5, and a yet-unnamed smaller rear-drive sports sedan. The CT5 will slot between the current ATS and CTS, while the other car will be a little smaller than the ATS.
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.
Technology includes the next-generation of Cadillac’s infotainment system. The CUE name is likely to be dropped for the system, which adds a rotary control dial to the existing touch, steering-wheel switch, and voice interfaces. For those hoping for Caddy’s trick Super Cruise semi-automated driving tech, it should be added as an option sometime next year.
Engines include a single-turbo four-cylinder and a twin-turbo V-6. The four displaces 2.0 liters and will make an estimated 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the V-6 offers something on the order of 404 horses and 400 lb-ft. A 10-speed automatic is the only transmission.
A smaller CT4 will premiere later this year. It will fill in the bottom of the four-door lineup and target the Mercedes-Benz A– and CLA-classes and the Audi A3. That will leave the CT5 to battle the BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-class, Audi A4, and Lexus IS.