The 2020 Cadillac CT5, which is expected to replace both the ATS and CTS sedans, has been spotted testing not far from GM’s proving grounds in Milford, Michigan.
Like previous CT5 prototypes we’ve seen, the vehicle pictured here is trying its hardest to convince us it’s actually a Dodge Charger. The backward C-shaped detail on the front doors, large hood scoop and rear light bar are all intended to make the test car look like a Charger, but don’t be fooled – this is definitely a Cadillac. The camouflage does a pretty good job at covering up the CT5’s true appearance, but its heavy Cadillac Escala concept influence is still on clear display here. The headlights, window framing and fastback-like shape are all details that were first previewed on the Escala, and further Escala inspiration should become apparent as prototypes begin to ditch some camouflage in coming months.
The CT5 is still early in its development, making it hard to say what GM may have in store for it in regards powertrain options. It seems likely a 2.0-liter model will be on the cards, along with Cadillac’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8. We wouldn’t be shocked to see the smaller engines paired with a 48V mild hybrid system, either, seeing as Cadillac’s German competition is beginning to implement such fuel-saving systems on its vehicles. The CT5 will also be rear-wheel drive (although AWD should be available as an option) and will likely feature GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Cadillac CT5 will debut sometime in 2019 before going on sale later in the year, at which point the ATS and CTS will die off to make way for the newer four-door.
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