In recent years, Cadillac designers have come a long way with the CTS. It went from a hideous car that you felt embarrassed for when one caught your eye to a modern-era luxury, driving machine that has generations young and old impressed. Well, things are about to get even better as the CT5, a 2020 replacement for the CTS, is equipped with a turbocharger.
It was the Cadillac CTS sedan that brought Cadillac into its modern era, past the Broughams and Fleetwoods your grandparents drove and into BMW-fighting high performance. In V form especially it brought a ton of horsepower to the table with wonderful results, but at the end, sales were dreadfully slow—leaving Cadillac to focus more on SUVs and crossovers. But it hasn’t given up the sedan game entirely. Meet the CTS’ modern replacement, the Cadillac CT5.
This is the second sedan to adopt Cadillac’s newest alphanumeric naming system, behind the bigger, more expensive and eventually-fated-to-die CT6. With any luck it’ll sell better than the CT6 did, and live up to the CTS’ legacy—that was always a favorite with enthusiasts, including ones at the Jalopnik office. The XT crossovers have been using those names for a while.
It’s a nice design, and a solid evolution of what the CTS started. I wasn’t sure about that oddly shaped C-pillar, but it definitely looks better with chrome trim in the topshot instead of black like immediately above.
No word on horsepower for either of these, but Cadillac says the CT5 will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine. Those are rated at 237 and 404 HP, respectively, when used on the CT6, so expect similar results here. The 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 appears to be gone from the lineup.