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    Cadillac Fully Unveils The CT5 Sedan

      ...recasts the American mid-sized luxury sedan...


    large.2020-Cadillac-CT5-PremiumLuxury-029.jpgCadillac fully unveiled the Cadillac CT5 sedan ahead of the New York International Auto Show today.   We had seen a preview of the CT5 a few weeks ago, but today, Cadillac gives us the full release.

    Laden with modern technology, Cadillac will be introducing their SuperCruise self-driving system to the segment. SuperCruise is the first truly hands-free system for limited-access highways. Safety features include Safety Alert Seat, Rear Camera Mirror with zoom and tilt adjustment, Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking.  Available additional packages include Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Forward Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Parking Assist with Braking, HD Surround Vision with Recorder, Rear Pedestrian Detection and Alert, and Reverse Automatic Braking.

    large.2020-Cadillac-CT5-PremiumLuxury-010.jpgThe base engine is a twin-scroll 2.0T with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque routed through a 10-speed automatic to the rear or all wheels.  Optional will be a 3.0 liter twin-turbo producing 335 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque from 2400-4400 RPM.  Both engines have active fuel management and automatic start-stop. 

    The CT5 uses a long 116 inch wheelbase and fastback roof line borrowed from the Escala concept car. All-LED exterior lighting is standard and includes signature vertical lighting on all four corners. 

    Inside, the infotainment system features a 1080p 10inch diagonal touch screen mounted high on the dash for better visibility. A driver-selectable mode allows the driver to change the vehicle dynamics depending on driving style and road conditions. 

    The Cadillac CT5 will be shown at the New York International Auto Show starting April 17th.  Stay tuned for our thoughts on the CT5 from the show floor.

    You can read the full Cadillac Press Release on Page 2


    Cadillac Introduces First-Ever CT5

    Global debut of new American luxury sedan advances brand’s legacy by offering Super Cruise1

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    Cadillac recasts the concept of American Luxury with the global debut of the unrivaled 2020 CT5 sedan.

    This all-new compact sedan advances the brand’s award-winning legacy with a distinctive fusion of design, performance and comfort, supported by Cadillac’s latest technologies — including Super Cruise1, the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for limited-access freeways.

    “The first-ever Cadillac CT5 showcases Cadillac’s unique expertise in crafting American luxury sedans,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “Its details elevate every drive and reward the senses.”

    An all-new fastback design underscores the CT5’s refined ride, complemented with a driver-centric interior that blends high technology and high-touch elements. Luxury and Sport models allow customers to tailor the car to their style preferences with unique design and trim.

    “Cadillac is dedicated to building the world’s most exhilarating luxury sedans,” said Carlisle. “Every element of the CT5 is focused on delivering an unrivaled experience, from the 10-speed transmission to Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology. The expansion of Super Cruise to CT5 reinforces our commitment to bringing the most innovative technologies to our customers.”

    Cadillac CT5’s Super Cruise technology will be available in calendar year 2020 on select models.

    CT5 highlights:

    • At launch, the model range will include Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport, with a Platinum package available on Premium Luxury and Sport models.
    • A 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine is standard and Cadillac’s 3.0L Twin-Turbo V-6 is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models. Unique sound calibrations are tuned with the engines and each is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
    • The driving dynamics build on Cadillac’s award-winning RWD architecture and include standard Driver Mode Control. AWD is available.
    • The latest Cadillac user experience2 with a large 10-inch-diagonal screen, as well as intuitive controls, including a rotary controller.
    • A host of comfort and convenience features such as standard Adaptive Remote Start, cabin air purification ionizer and available front-seat lumbar massage.
    • Driver awareness technologies include standard Safety Alert Seat3 and Cadillac’s latest generation available Rear Camera Mirror with zoom and tilt adjustment.
    • Standard driver assistance technologies include Forward Collision Alert3, Low Speed Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3 and Front Pedestrian Braking3.
    • Available driver assistance technologies including Advanced3 Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Forward Automatic Emergency Braking3, Automatic Parking Assist with Braking3, HD Surround Vision with Recorder3, Rear Pedestrian Detection and Alert3, Reverse Automatic Braking3and more.

    A New Design Profile

    With a fastback profile inspired by the Escala concept, the first-ever CT5 charts a new direction for Cadillac sedan design that leverages the natural proportional advantage of the vehicle’s rear-drive platform to communicate power, presence and performance.

    “From every angle, the CT5 exudes athleticism, sophistication and confidence,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “Cadillac’s signature hard-edge cues have evolved to a more sculptural and fluid expression of the brand’s design language.”

    A long, 116-inch wheelbase (2,947 mm) and lengthened side glass accentuate the car’s long, low proportion and sweeping fastback profile. Body sculpturing, including taut character lines, contributes to the car’s strong stance and speaks to Cadillac’s legacy of craftsmanship and technology.

    An all-LED exterior lighting strategy features signature vertical lights at all four corners of the vehicle.

    Bright exterior accents and unique grilles and fascias distinguish the CT5 Luxury and Premium Luxury models, while the Sport model is differentiated by darker accents and performance-inspired details, including unique grilles, fascias, rocker extensions, spoiler and standard 19-inch wheels4.

    High-Tech and High-Touch Interior

    CT5’s interior features elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces, focusing on quality, attention to detail, authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship.

    Everything from the instrument panel to the center display is focused on the driver and essential touch points, emphasizing control. That includes a prominent, 1080dp high-definition full-color 10-inch-diagonal touchscreen mounted high within the instrument panel for visibility.

    FEATURE FOCUS: PLATINUM PACKAGE

    The Premium Luxury and Sport models are available with a Platinum Package featuring an exclusive Sedona/Jet Black motif with Opus semi-aniline leather seating surfaces in Sedona Sauvage. These surfaces are distinguished with a custom, layered fading perforation pattern, fine contrasting seat piping and decorative chevron accents. Both front, heated, ventilated and lumbar massage seats feature additional bolstering and 18-way adjustability. The package complements the seats with upgraded leather-trimmed armrests and center console, unique carbon fiber decorative trim and a thicker-rimmed steering wheel with authentic magnesium paddle shifters and alloy pedals.

    Intuitive Technology and Connectivity

    CT5 delivers thoughtful technology integration by offering an intuitive in-vehicle experience with a heightened sense of control. This is provided in everything from vehicle controls that conform to the driver’s driving style to the latest, more personal Cadillac user experience2, which provides more intuitive ways to interface with the system, including phone pairing via Near Field Communication and a new rotary controller.

    CT5 also features standard Adaptive Remote Start and an available hands-free power-release decklid to further customers’ convenience and comfort. Adaptive Remote Start automatically activates features such as the available adaptive heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and other climate systems, depending on the temperature. The hands-free decklid uses a motion sensor with Cadillac crest target projection that allows customers to activate the trunk release with their foot, supporting easy access.

    FEATURE FOCUS: SUPER CRUISE1

    Cadillac demonstrates its commitment to technology by bringing the Super Cruise driver assistance feature to the CT5. Cadillac’s Super Cruise driver assistance feature enables customers to drive hands-free on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. The driver attention system helps keep drivers engaged by detecting and signaling when drivers need to pay more attention to the road.

     

    Turbocharged Performance

    CT5 is powered by a 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo engine and 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. This standard propulsion combination offers responsive off-the-line performance with excellent low-end torque. The twin-scroll turbocharger and a unique three-step sliding camshaft help the engine optimize performance across the rpm band for a greater feeling of on-demand power at all speeds.

    Cadillac’s powerful 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models, rated at an estimated 335 hp (250 kw) and 400 lb-ft of torque (542 Nm)5. Low-inertia turbochargers and a manifold-integrated liquid-to-air intercooling system help the engine produce exceptional power with virtually no lag and sustain it across most of the rpm band. Like the 2.0L Turbo, it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift.

    Both engines employ technologies such as direct injection, camshaft phasing, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and automatic stop/start to balance performance, refinement and efficiency. Sound tuning via mechanical and electronic sources contributes to CT5’s optimized effect on the senses, with engine sounds tuned to augment the driving experience in a refined manner, while helping to minimize unwanted noise in the cabin.

    Evolved Driving Dynamics

    Building on the strengths of the superb RWD architecture that underpins Cadillac’s award-winning rear-wheel-drive sedans, the first-ever CT5 is designed to deliver an exhilarating driving experience while maintaining the brand’s signature blend of performance, comfort and refinement.

    Evolutionary enhancements of the front and rear suspensions, including Cadillac’s signature double-pivot MacPherson-type front suspension, are designed to improve road isolation and driver feedback. At the rear, a five-link independent suspension contributes to the car’s excellent feeling of control.

    Additional chassis and driving dynamics features:

    • Standard Bosch premium electric, rack-mounted power steering system.
    • Capable, confident and precise eBoost brakes.
    • Brembo front brakes are standard on the Sport model.
    • Standard ZF MVS passive dampers.
    • All-wheel drive is available on all models.

    Standard customer-selectable drive modes allow CT5 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes — Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and new My Mode — can alter the calibrations for transmission shifting, steering and brake feel, front/rear torque split (with the available AWD system) and vehicle sound character to customize the driving experience.

    CT5 can handle a variety of road conditions no matter the climate, thanks to all-wheel drive available on every model along with a diverse range of tire choices, including 19-inch all-season run-flat tires and 18-inch Michelin self-seal tires. All tire options allow drivers to continue driving during most punctures that would sideline conventional tires, for immediate replacement/repair.

    Coming Soon

    The 2020 CT5 makes its public debut at the New York International Auto Show April 19-28 and will be available for ordering this fall. It will be manufactured at GM’s Lansing Grand River facility, which previously received a $211 million investment to build the next-generation Cadillac sedans. Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of production. 

    Source: Cadillac Media



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    Let me just say this. While I am still not a fan of the profile (especially the rear quarter of it), kudos to Cadillac on the improved interior. Love the two tone option and the overall design (outside of the floating tablet nonsense that I don’t like fro anyone these days). Maybe the exterior will show better in person. Here’s hoping for some sales success that defied the current CTS (which I am a general fan off overall). 

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    The other articles I read state the CT5 is a 3-series and C-class competitor but it looks bigger than those cars.  I am curious what the dimensions are.  If it is priced like a C-class I think it should do fine.  The interior looks on par with a A4 or C-class, a lot of plastic/rubber in that center console area but the doors look nice.

    Still not a fan of the shape or exterior styling.

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    5 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    The other articles I read state the CT5 is a 3-series and C-class competitor but it looks bigger than those cars.  I am curious what the dimensions are.  If it is priced like a C-class I think it should do fine.  The interior looks on par with a A4 or C-class, a lot of plastic/rubber in that center console area but the doors look nice.

    Still not a fan of the shape or exterior styling.

    It is exactly the same exterior length as the e-class... 193.8 inches and has a 1 inch longer wheelbase. 

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    59 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    The other articles I read state the CT5 is a 3-series and C-class competitor but it looks bigger than those cars.  I am curious what the dimensions are.  If it is priced like a C-class I think it should do fine.  The interior looks on par with a A4 or C-class, a lot of plastic/rubber in that center console area but the doors look nice.

    Still not a fan of the shape or exterior styling.

    2020 CT5

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    2019 E-Class

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    @smk4565 How is the MB any better than the CT5?

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    12 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Mercedes interiors are on point. 

    2019 E Class. 

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    MEH! I honestly do not see this as any better than what Cadillac is showing with the CT6 and CT5.

    Plus we do not know what other options for interior the CT5 will have yet. What they are showing is spot on as an excellent luxury sedan.

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    50 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    2020 CT5

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    2019 E-Class

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    @smk4565 How is the MB any better than the CT5?

    Look at the center of the steering wheel and you'll see, very clearly, why he probably thinks the MB is better lol. I absolutely hate the slab of screen there, combining the gauges with the infotainment section. That is just awful IMO.

    43 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Mercedes interiors are on point. 

    2019 E Class. 

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    Quite a bit of "shiny" plastic in the center console., if you ask me. Not to dismiss it as it does look decent overall (save for the slab tablet mentioned earlier) but it has more than enough plastic in it as well, which should dismiss complaints about Cadillac using it (not saying you are complaining btw).

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    24 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    The Merc E class has 4 body styles which is a plus in their court.  

    Very true and that is the one thing Cadillac should take notice of. Variety within certain models is always welcome.

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    58 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    MEH! I honestly do not see this as any better than what Cadillac is showing with the CT6 and CT5.

    Plus we do not know what other options for interior the CT5 will have yet. What they are showing is spot on as an excellent luxury sedan.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with the Cadillac interior but I don't see it visually on par with Mercedes. 

    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    MEH! I honestly do not see this as any better than what Cadillac is showing with the CT6 and CT5.

    So does that mean you also see the Cadillac's as "MEH!"? 

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    Visually I like Cadillac's interiors much more, personally.  Quality wise I don't know, hopefully new ones will be on par with Germans.

    I like front and back of the car but not crazy about the profile.  Hopefully it will be very good.  In any case it will be tough sell in today's market of crossovers.

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    32 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Quite a bit of "shiny" plastic in the center console., if you ask me. Not to dismiss it as it does look decent overall (save for the slab tablet mentioned earlier) but it has more than enough plastic in it as well, which should dismiss complaints about Cadillac using it (not saying you are complaining btw).

    Yeah the dual screen thing is "Okay" to me. I don't love it but I don't completely hate it either. 

    I agree they all use plastics in certain places and I understand why. I'm just saying that if I walked up to both vehicles, sat down, and just looked at the interiors(no touching because I haven't sat in them to truly judge that) I think the Merc interior looks 'oh so very classy' to me.

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    If I could mix interior/powertrain/exterior in the class to make my ideal midsize luxury sedan, I would probably pick an A6 for the interior, but the CT5 interior looks pretty good in pics.

     

     

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    From Automobile Mag.. and what I've been saying for a month..

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    We promise: The all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5 sport sedan is much better looking than it seemed in the teaser photo sent out a couple of weeks ago. Viewed from our vantage point inside a photo studio, the new midsize four-door looks long and low with good rear-drive proportions and an exceptionally short front overhang.   https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2020-cadillac-ct5-sport-sedan-official-info-price-specs-photos/

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    are we doing this with SMK again? I posted the specs earlier

     

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    35 minutes ago, frogger said:

    If I could mix interior/powertrain/exterior in the class to make my ideal midsize luxury sedan, I would probably pick an A6 for the interior, but the CT5 interior looks pretty good in pics.

     

     

    I like this idea. 

    I think my ideal luxury sport sedan would be:

    Cadillac body

    Merc interior

    Merc V8(unless it's CTS-sized then CTS-V's 6.2)

    BMW's AWD system from the M5. 

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    4 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It is exactly the same exterior length as the e-class... 193.8 inches and has a 1 inch longer wheelbase. 

    So it is not a C-class competitor, nor is it replacing both the ATS and CTS.

    Which this is a good size for a car, it isn’t as nice as an E-class or A6, but if they it like a C-class they should be fine.  Or as fine as a sedan can be in a crossover market.

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    nothing really egregious about the interior.  Not particularly dazzling though, either.

    C pillar still draws ire, wish they had done that better

    So this does have the new 2.0.  The lesser powered 2.0.  I had hoped for the CT5 it would come in a higher state of tune.  I don't see the 2.0 moving out very well.  Pretty much means not a bargain Cadillac with verve.  You may still need the 3.0 to have fun.  Although, the curb weight is? Less than the AWD XT4?  So maybe its quicker than that?  The CT6 with the new 2.0 is a dog now.

     

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    1 hour ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

    Meanwhile... over at Lexus China

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    That looks hideous.  Although I don’t think a luxury minivan is a bad idea considering how many 3 row luxury SUVs there are and a minivan would offer more passenger space than any of them and space and roominess does add to luxury and comfort.  

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    37 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    So it is not a C-class competitor, nor is it replacing both the ATS and CTS.

    Which this is a good size for a car, it isn’t as nice as an E-class or A6, but if they it like a C-class they should be fine.  Or as fine as a sedan can be in a crossover market.

    Cadillac is on record saying that there is a CT4 coming. It's only going to be an ATS replacement in price. 

    4 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    nothing really egregious about the interior.  Not particularly dazzling though, either.

    C pillar still draws ire, wish they had done that better

    So this does have the new 2.0.  The lesser powered 2.0.  I had hoped for the CT5 it would come in a higher state of tune.  I don't see the 2.0 moving out very well.  Pretty much means not a bargain Cadillac with verve.  You may still need the 3.0 to have fun.  Although, the curb weight is? Less than the AWD XT4?  So maybe its quicker than that?  The CT6 with the new 2.0 is a dog now.

     

    It gets 38mpg highway without being a hybrid and they give you 4 more powerful engine choices if 0-60 is your priority over fuel economy. 

    sheesh.... you get choices and then complain about them. 

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    2 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Cadillac is on record saying that there is a CT4 coming. It's only going to be an ATS replacement in price. 

    So will a CT4 cost less than an XT4?  SUV’s usually cost more than similar size sedans.  I have to imagine CT5 starts around $40k.

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    Just now, smk4565 said:

    So will a CT4 cost less than an XT4?  SUV’s usually cost more than similar size sedans.  I have to imagine CT5 starts around $40k.

    I'd assume CT4 will be in a similar price range as the ATS, the CT5 similar to the CTS...

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    1 minute ago, smk4565 said:

    So will a CT4 cost less than an XT4?  SUV’s usually cost more than similar size sedans.  I have to imagine CT5 starts around $40k.

    *Pricing has yet to be announced.

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      Front Pedestrian Braking
      Automatic Emergency Braking
      Rear Park Assist
      Safety Alert Seat
      CT4 Sport:
      All of Premium Luxury
      Sport Seats
      Unique Trim
      Alloy Pedals
      Brembo front brakes

      CT4-V:
      Limited Slip Rear Differential
      Magnetic Ride Control (RWD Only) or ZF MVS Passive Dampers (AWD)
      Available SuperCruise (later in 2020)
       Power wise, the CT4 has a choice of 3 power configurations.  The 2.0-liter turbo has 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission.  The 2.7-liter turbo in the Premium Luxury produces 309 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft of torque or in the V gets 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque.  Both 2.7 liters route power through a 10-speed automatic.  Both the 2.0 and 2.7 have a three-step sliding camshaft design, active fuel management, and automatic start-stop.
      The Cadillac CT4 will be available for ordering later this year with pricing announced closer to production.
       
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Land Rover has transformed their Defender off-road vehicle which went out of production in 2016 into a more luxurious, roomier, and much more high tech.  The new generation of Defender comes in 3-door and 5-door versions.  The first on offer will be the 110, a 5-door model with 5, 6, or 7, seats that will arrive in early 2020. Later that year will be the 3-door 90 short wheelbase model with 5 or 6 seats and a van version of the 90 will be on offer also. Following in 2021 will be the longer 130 version with a choice of 7 or 8 seats. While not all pricing has been released, the 110 version will start at $50,925 and will be the only version offered in the US for now. 
      Powering the Defender will be a choice of 296 hp 2.0-liter, JLR's new 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder with a mild hybrid system that packs 395 horsepower. Diesel power may come later, won't be available at launch. A plug-in hybrid version will also show up later in the production cycle. 
      JLR says the new Defender will leave you refreshed after a long drive but still pass through water up to 35.4 inches deep and tow 8,200 lbs.
      The new Defender is built on a heavily modified version of the D7u platform used on the Discovery, but that it is so heavily modified, it gets its own codename (D7x) and own assembly line. It also introduces a new entertainment system called Pivi Pro that is more user friendly and uses fewer inputs to perform common tasks. It is capable of taking over the air software updates with 14 different modules capable of taking updates remotely. 
       

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