It’s Cadillac’s (bigger) answer to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class

Cadillac has finally shared details on its all-new CT5, the model with which it will replace both the ATS and CTS and also take the fight to the German premium automakers like never before. The CT5 is aimed at the likes of BMW’s 3-Series or Audi’s A4 sedans, even though it looks more like a big hatchback and is actually larger than all its direct rivals.

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 Could Hurt the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4

Cadillac Details The 2020 CT5 During its Debut at the New York Auto Show
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Now that we’ve finally been given access to the car’s full suite of specs, we can compare it to other similar cars.

It is easily longer than all cars it’s meant to go up against, with an overall length of 193.8 inches and a 116.1 -inch wheelbase.

In fact, it actually has a longer wheelbase than that of either the Audi A6 or the Lexus GS, both cars from the class above.

2020 Cadillac CT5 - exterior dimensions
Wheelbase (in. / mm): 116 / 2947
Overall Length (in. / mm): 193.8 / 4924
Overall Width (in. / mm): (w/mirrors) 74.1/ 1883
Overall Height (in. / mm): 57.2 / 1452
Track (in. mm): 62.8 / 1594 (front) 63.9 / 1624 (rear)

With that being said, Cadillac still bills this as a compact sedan, a model that will be priced to compete against the Mercedes C-Class and Lexus IS. No pricing information yet, though, but we do know its base engine will be a 2.0-liter with a twin-scroll turbo with an estimated 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Cadillac Details The 2020 CT5 During its Debut at the New York Auto Show
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The next engine up in the range is the 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 with 335 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Both units will come paired with the same ten-speed automatic transmission, with the exact same gearing and final drive - that means the 2.0-liter’s torque is enough that Cadillac didn’t have to compensate by gearing it down.

2020 Cadillac CT5 - drivetrain specifications
Engine 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbocharged I-4 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and auto. Stop/start 3.0L Turbocharged V-6 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and auto. Stop/start
Bore & Stroke (in. / mm): 3.26 x 3.63 / 83 x 92.3 3.39 x 3.38 / 86 x 85.8
Block Material: Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with tripower system Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with electronic throttle control Direct injection with electronic throttle control
Compression Ratio: 10:1 9.8:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 237 / 177 @ 5000 335 / 250 @ 5600 (GM est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm): 258 / 350 @ 1500-4000 (GM est.) 400 / 542 @ 2400-4400 (GM est.)
All-wheel drive is available for both power plants, and whichever version you go for, you will have Tour, Sport, Snow, and Ice as well as a custom driving mode (called “My Mode”) to tailor the driving experience depending on road conditions and mood.

The first ever Cadillac CT5 is set to go on sale this autumn with pricing yet to be announced and, if it the automaker really stays true to its promise of selling this vehicle that is larger than all its declared rivals at a competitive price, then it does stand a chance of succeeding in the segment.

Cadillac Details The 2020 CT5 During its Debut at the New York Auto Show
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It has the looks, it has the tech, and who could say no to a big interior that is roomier than that of all competing models, rivaling vehicles from a class above. Cadillac might be on to something here, especially if the CT5 drives as well as we’ve come to expect from the new breed of sporty and fun-to-drive modern Cadillacs.

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Cadillac CT5.

2016 Cadillac Escala High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac Escala.

2015 - 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan
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Read our full review on the 2015 - 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan.

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