You might be wondering why news of an all-new Cadillac is of any relevance to a market like Australia, and to be honest, we are scrambling to find adequate justification besides remarking on how well the new CT5 has come out.
It continues to carry the torch where the slow-selling ATS and CTS ran out of breath, and poses a surprise candidate for GM should they attempt to steal (export) market share away BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi. The CT5 is luxury saloon boasting a similar pitch to the 3 Series and C-Class, and if it proves to be as accomplished as it does on paper, could become a worthy, if left field, rival.
Only a handful of official images have been released by Cadillac so far with a full reveal slated for the 2019 New York Motor Show in later April. But even if the sharp CT5 doesn’t manage to escape the confines of the North American market, even under a different badge, the car could see success in luring customers accustomed to German marques back into the fold, and definitely be a stick in the mud for Korean newcomers Genesis.
To do this successfully, though, Cadillac will need to step up the quality, design, materials, and build of their interiors, a category that has historically been a sore point of (even luxury) American cars compared to their foreign competition.
The CT5 is developed on the somewhat aged rear-wheel drive Alpha platform, though Cadillac and GM assures that the architecture has thoroughly evolved from the one used in the CTS and current-generation Chevrolet Camaro to suit the specific brief of the CT5. Hopefully, that means a more refined ride on par with the sophistication of the Europeans.
From what we know for now, the car will come in at least 2 flavours: Premium Luxury and Sport, and based on their styling differences, it’s rather easy to see what their unique appeal is. What is unclear is how they will be sorted in terms of powertrain and pricing, nor do we have any indication that a flagship CT5 V will spawn, possibly with the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 lifted from the Corvette ZR1, or perhaps the hyped-up 4.2-litre ‘Blackwing’ bi-turbo V8.
Reportedly, the earliest variants of the CT5 will comprise of cars powered by either a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol or a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6. No power figures accompany this but other present-day Cadillacs show outputs of 176kW and 301kW, respectively.
Power will be sent rearward, as you’d expect, through a Ford/GM jointly-designed 10-speed torque converter automatic (the same used in the current Mustang, F-150 Raptor, and Chevy Camaro), though all-wheel drive will be offered as an option.