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Cadillac taking a tiered approach to new sedan lineup, starting with CT4 and CT5

Cadillac is adding four new sedans to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

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Like Acura, Cadillac has been struggling to define itself in the premium vehicle market, especially when it comes to sedans. And, also like the luxury arm of Honda, the General Motors brand is taking a tiered approach to future sedan design.

It has dropped the ATS and CTS sedans in favor of new models, dubbed the CT4 and CT5. In addition to more pedestrian variants of these new models, Cadillac will be offering the CT4-V and CT5-V, which are sport-tuned, in the same vein as the previous ATS-V and CTS-V.

2020 Cadillac CT5

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is an all-new midsize sedan. Information from Cadillac on the fastback model touts the car's refined ride and driver-centric interior. The Detroit-based automaker has confirmed that there will be 2020 Cadillac CT5 Luxury, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Premium Luxury, and 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport models.

2020 Cadillac CT5 interiorThe 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport features a sport-focused design, aggressive stance and dynamic proportions.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The rear-wheel drive CT5 is powered by a standard twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Cadillac's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 power plant is available on Premium Luxury and Sport models.

A 10-speed automatic transmission, automatic start/stop engine technology and cylinder deactivation are standard in both power plants. All models will have their engine sounds tuned differently. All-wheel drive is available.

The car will have all LED exterior lighting. Fascia elements vary by trim with Sport models getting dark accents, a spoiler, and standard 19-inch wheels.

The CT5's cabin is filled with high-tech features. Cadillac is equipping each CT5 with a 10-inch infotainment touch screen, Near Field Communication, and a rotary controller. The company's Super Cruise technology will be available in calendar year 2020 on select models.

A Platinum package will be available on Premium Luxury and Sport models. It includes a Sedona/Jet Black motif with Opus semi-aniline leather seats in Sedona Sauvage. The seats have finely piped edging and decorative chevron accents. The 18-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats feature front, heated, ventilated, and lumbar massaging functionality. There are also leather-trimmed armrests and center console, carbon fiber trim, a thicker steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters, and alloy pedals.

Click here to see a full photo gallery of the 2020 Cadillac CT5.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V

Cadillac is looking to elevate the driver's behind-the-wheel experience in the CT5 with the performance-focused CT5-V model.

It will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 power plant that is rated to achieve 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The power plant is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Exterior FrontThe first CT5-V builds on the precision-focused details of the all-new CT5 sedan, the largest of the two new cars Cadillac is introducing for the 2020 model year.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The CT5-V comes standard with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. It has a V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management, and Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode. Braking in the front is fulfilled by Brembo equipment.

It rides on standard 19-inch wheels wrapped in summer-only performance tires (rear-wheel drive models) or all-season tires (all-wheel drive models).

The car's look is capped off with dark exterior accents, a V-Series mesh grille, rear diffuser, and quad exhaust tips. It has a unique instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control.

Cadillac's Super Cruise technology is available.

Click here to see a full photo gallery of the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V.

2020 Cadillac CT4

Cadillac is billing the CT4 as easily customizable - a strategy that has given Chevrolet's truck lineup loyal customers. The CT4 will get standard rear-wheel drive but is available in the buyer's choice of 11 exterior paint color and eight interior color choices, a variety of material and trim options, and the option of all-wheel drive.

2020 Cadillac CT4 Front GrilleBright exterior accents, along with unique grilles and fascias distinguish the CT4 Luxury and Premium Luxury models.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The car is proportioned like a traditional sports sedan with a long dash-to-front-axle design and the typical distinction between trim levels including unique grills, fascias, rocker extensions, rear spoilers, and wheels. Every trim comes standard with LED headlamps, tail lamps, and vertical lights at all four corners.

The CT4 comes powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that schedules 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can choose between driving in Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and Track, or My Mode drive modes.

Cadillac is giving the CT4 an impressive list of standard features including keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-display driver information center, HD rearview camera, LED interior lighting with stealth mode, dual-zone automatic climate control with a humidity sensor, dust filter, rear-seat vents, a premium audio system, active noise cancellation. SuperCruise and a heated steering wheel are available.

Buyers will be able to get the CT4 in Luxury, Sport, and Premium Luxury models.

Click here to see a full photo gallery of the 2020 Cadillac CT4.

2020 Cadillac CT4-V

Cadillac says that the new CT4-V sedan blends nimble handling and the company's signature technology with the V-Series model taking things a step further, infusing Cadillac's racing DNA into the mix.

2020 Cadillac CT4-V Rear SideThe 2020 Cadillac CT4-V infuses the brand's racing DNA into the new model delivering a dynamic, responsive and exhilarating driving experience.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is powered by a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that is said to get 320 horsepower. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It has a limited slip differential and V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control (rear-wheel drive models) or ZF MSV passing dampers (all-wheel drive models).

The car will also have Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode, a Brembo front braking system, 18-inch wheels, and summer-only performance tires (rear-wheel drive models) or all-season tires (all-wheel drive models).

Cadillac is touting the car's 50-50 weight balance, performance-focused instrument cluster, and V-Mode steering wheel control.

The CT5-V will feature dark exterior accents complete with a V-Series mesh grille, quad exhaust tips, and a rear spoiler.

Cadillac's Super Cruise technology will be available.

Click here to see a full photo gallery of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V.

The 2020 Cadillac CT4, 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, 2020 Cadillac CT5, and 2020 Cadillac CT5-V will go on sale early in the 2020 calendar year.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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New electric SUV

Cadillac kicks off Lyriq EV production

The new SUV is being built in Spring Hill, TN.

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General Motors is moving more intentionally than most in its goal to become an electric automaker. New GM EVs will start to arrive in rapid succession over the next few years, and even luxury brand Cadillac is getting in on the action. The Lyriq is Cadillac's electric SUV that features sharp styling, an upscale interior, and solid electric range. Today, Cadillac announced that production of the new SUV has begun.

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The SUV is being built at GM's Spring Hill, TN plant, where its Saturn brand operated for several years. The facility for a $2 billion overhaul to prepare for production, and the GM team finished the project ahead of schedule. The facility currently produces the Cadillac XT5 and XT6, along with the GMC Acadia. General Motors notes that the factory overhaul took place in the midst of vehicle production, and says that the team pulled off Lyriq prep while still working on the factory's three existing products.

Reservations for the electrified Caddy sold out almost immediately. The SUV is expected to have an electric driving range of more than 400 miles and it will ride on GM's new Ultium architecture, which underpins many of the auto giant's new electric vehicles. Pricing is expected to start around $60,000 when the Cadillac goes on sale this year as a 2023 model.

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