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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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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

General Motors

Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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Electric vehicles

Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

Ford

With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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