Buyers by the millions have migrated from passenger cars to SUVs and crossovers. But Cadillac remains convinced there’s a market for the sedans that long supported its claim to being the “standard of the world.”
And the General Motors luxury brand is betting that a major makeover of its midsize CT5 for the 2025 model year will again “place Cadillac among the automotive elite,” said global brand chief John Roth during a preview of the new sedan.
Making its formal debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the second-generation CT5 gets a number of key design updates. And while the two drivetrain options carry over from the original sedan, buyers will find a variety of new tech features, including 5G connectivity, the new Google built-in infotainment system, and upgrades to GM’s hands-free Super Cruise technology.
Taking things further
“CT5 continues to redefine American luxury and the enhancements for 2025 take it even further,” said Alex MacDonald, CT5 chief engineer. “The new advanced technologies enhance the driver’s personal connection in a sedan already renowned for its driving spirit, comfort and technology.”
First introduced as a 2020 model, the CT5 replaced the older CTS sedan which itself helped kick off the automaker’s “renaissance.”
The 2025 Cadillac CT5 remains something of a tweener model, slotting in between midsize and full-size.
An evolutionary approach
The updated sedan’s design takes an evolutionary turn, with a larger grille and bolder fascia. Add new vertical LED lamps picking up on Caddy’s signature vertical lighting. Standard models use plenty of chrome, with the Sport model opting for black trim and a wire mesh grille.
Inside, CT5 gets “the most driver-centric cockpit we’ve done,” said Alex MacDonald, the sedan’s chief engineer.
The most notable new feature is a 33-inch digital display with an eye-popping 9K resolution. The display is split up into multiple sections, including a reprogrammable gauge cluster and a touchscreen for infotainment.
The new CT5 boasts a broad array of tech features, from its numerous USB ports to the studio-level AKG sound system.
And an all-new electrical architecture permits Cadillac to upgrade virtually all onboard software using smartphone-style over-the-air updates. With 5G connectivity, it also boasts a faster WiFi hotspot than most vehicles currently on the road.
One of the biggest changes comes with the switch to the Google built-in operating system – which adds a variety of features from the tech giant, including real-time Google maps and traffic guidance. GM officials have indicated they plan to rely solely on that technology but, at least with the 2025 Cadillac CT5, buyers will still have access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
Safety and hands-free tech
There are new safety and advanced driver assistance systems, including Blind Zone Steering Assist and Intersection Auto-Braking, both standard — with a number of additional ADAS technologies available as options.
Cadillac engineers also tweaked the popular Super Cruise system to address some owner complaints. For one thing, the system now makes smoother transitions between hands-free and manual mode, Cadillac officials promised.
Super Cruise has been updated to permit hands-free operation on more than 400,000 miles of U.S. and Canadian roadways and can even make passes automatically when in its semi-autonomous mode.
As with the original 2020 model, the 2025 CT5 platform has a rear-drive bias but can be ordered with optional all-wheel-drive.
Two engines are available for the new model:
* A standard 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as
* An upgrade using a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-4 making 335 hp and 405 lb-ft.
More “stories to tell”
Chief Engineer MacDonald sidestepped questions about whether the updated CT5 will be offered with either V-Series or Blackwing performance models, but he did drop a telling hint.
“Stay tuned,” he suggested during a media backgrounder. “We have a lot of stories to tell.”
Pricing will be announced closer to the formal on-sale date of the 2025 Cadillac CT5, early next year.