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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 interior The 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 Front The 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 Grille Bright 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 Side The 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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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 is a track-only car IRL but it can hit the streets in "Asphalt 9: Legends".

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Want to race the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 off the track? You're in luck. The Italian automaker will debut the model in "Asphalt 9: Legends", an arcade racing game that is played via iPhone, iPad, Android, or Windows 10 device. The Asphalt racing franchise is quite popular across the globe. It recently crossed the 1 billion download mark.

Gameloft, the game's parent company, says in a release that it chose the Lamborghini because of its "uniqueness, its sleek and futuristic design combined with advanced aerodynamics, and its engine". The power plant in the traditionally track-only car is the most powerful V12 naturally aspirated engine ever developed by Automobili Lamborghini, capable of generating more than 830 horsepower.

Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Players can customize their Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 in the game.Photo courtesy of Lamborghini

The Essenza SCV12 was developed by Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile. It made its debut in 2020. Limited to just 40 examples, buying the Essenza SCV12 isn't just a sign here ownership experience. Essenza SCV12 customers are part of an exclusive club that gives them access to special programs to drive their hypercar on all the most prestigious circuits in the world, for a unique and special experience.

"There is a digital version of all the GT championships that Lamborghini competes in, giving real drivers and fans the chance to have fun but also to gain experience through simulations on virtual circuits," said Giorgio Sanna, Head of Automobili Lamborghini Motorsport. "Gaming certainly has a more playful and less realistic approach, but it's an important tool for introducing our cars to the general public and the younger generation. For this reason, we are very pleased that the Essenza SCV12 has been chosen by 'Asphalt 9: Legends', allowing players to experience the thrill of getting behind the wheel of our track-only hypercar".

From May 13, gamers from all around the world will be able to select the SCV12 from the eight available colors and compete in the first "Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Challenge", the mobile e-Sport competition which will be held in one round of three open qualifying sessions: the first from May 13 to 16, the second from June 10 to 13, and the third from July 1 to 4. The top 100 will take part in closed qualifying sessions to be held from August 5 to 8: the best eight will battle it out in the final on September 18.

This isn't Lamborghini's first foray into the esports world. The V12 Vision GT made its debut in Grand Turismo SportV12 Vision GT made its debut in Grand Turismo Sport in the summer of 2020.

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