Cadillac CT5 revealed ahead of New York Auto Show debut

Cadillac CT5 revealed ahead of New York Auto Show debut

The Cadillac CTS is the vehicle that brought Cadillac back to life back in 2003.

Cadillac is sticking with sedans, even as it adds SUVs to its lineup.

"Sound leaves a lasting impression, and that's why it is such a focus for this vehicle", said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. "I think awesome sedans are going to be around for a while". And so with the new CT5 and CT6, Cadillac will have a mid-size and full-size luxury sedan to offer the market next year. The new sedan borrows heavily from the Escala concept that wowed in 2016 at Pebble Beach, including a dramatic and upright nose, sculpted hood, vertical headlights, and starched creases along the body sides.

GM is saying that this auto will compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

At the other end of the efficiency spectrum, the CT5 may offer at some point in its life the short-lived 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the CT6-V-a performance version of the big sedan that sold out nearly as quickly as it was announced.

The 2016 Cadillac Escala concept previewed the CT5's design
The 2016 Cadillac Escala concept previewed the CT5's design

CT5 showcases Cadillac's unique expertise in crafting American performance sedans, with details created to elevate every drive.Built on an evolution of Cadillac's award-wining RWD/AWD Alpha architecture, the CT5 features a standard 2.0L Turbo and available 3.0L Twin-Turbo engine with unique sound calibrations, each paired to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission offering almost imperceptible shifts.

Like the new XT6 large crossover, the CT5 will feature a new Cadillac badging convention that identifies powertrains based on their torque rating in newton-meters.

You'll find these stories and more in today's auto news, right here at Motor Authority. The CT4 is expected be on that platform as well, but GM did not confirm that.

The new CT5 won't be the brand's best-selling vehicle, but it may very well be it's most important as it transitions into the next decade.

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