The Cadillac CT5 marks the new stylistic course of the GM sedans
At the start of the decade sedans tuned to German standards were supposed to drive the Cadillac's renaissance, and the ATS and CTS models as worthy challengers to Germany's best.
But despite critical praise for their driving dynamics, those vehicles were soon overwhelmed by the market's shift to crossovers, where Cadillac was a bit player until recently.
With a new compact crossover on the market, and a large one arriving at dealerships soon, Cadillac is preparing to launch two sedan nameplates this year: the CT5 compact sedan ahead of its official debut at the next New York auto show. It will be followed by the debut of the CT4 later this year, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle confirmed.
Together with the CT6, they are expected, over time, to replace the ATS compact, CTS midsize and XTS large cars.
The new nameplates represent a bet that even in a sagging car market, Cadillac can find some magic in the stylish and powerful sedans that made the brand famous.