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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 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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The MINI Electric Pacesetter pushes the limits of what in means to be part of the John Cooper Works family.

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The stage is set. On April 10, 2021 the new season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series will have its third race of the year in Rome. Leading the pack will be none other than the MINI Electric Pacesetter. The car was created as part of a partnership between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA, and the Formula E.

The electric MINI on the market today isn't a sporty version of the car. Instead, the most performance-focused MINIs are gas-powered John Cooper Works models. The MINI Electric Pacesetter combines the electric powertrain of production cars with the sports car-like dynamics of the JCW cars.

"We have already shown how well driving fun and electric mobility go together with the MINI Electric," says Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. "However, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW goes at least a step further and blends the performance character of the John Cooper Works brand with electric mobility.

MINI Electric Pacesetter The MINI Electric has gotten a track-ready makeover.Photo courtesy of MINI

The model is the Safety Car for Formula E and not intended to be driven on public roads.

The exterior of the car has been purpose-built for life on the track. Engineers and designers from BMW Motorsport worked to develop the form to the wheel arches and front and rear aprons, and initiated weight-saving measures. Still, the MINI is a MINI. There's circular headlights and a hexagonal grille though the grille has been blanked off and the MINI Electric logo been added.

Below the grille are apertures for brake cooling. The Safety Car's white flashing lights are integrated harmoniously into the hood. Classic hood stripes extends from front to back over the roof.

More sport scar-like details include accentuated spats and sporty side skirts. The car's larger wheels nearly fill the arches. The spats and spoilers have been 3D printed from recycled carbon fiber. Yellow accent lines showcase the car's aerodynamic edges.

MINI Electric Pacesetter

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It wears a matte silver body color that extends from the center point to the rear. The front is covered in a high-gloss wrap with a two-stage colour gradient – from Highspeed Orange to Curbside Red metallic – that covers the rest of the body to the rear. The car's flanks are adorned with a checkered flag-inspired pattern design.

Because it is a Safety Car, the model also sports regulations-specific and sponsor-related graphics.

The whole rig rides on lightweight 18-inch forged wheels in bi-colour black-neon/orange design.

MINI has stripped the car's interior down to its essentials with only the front seats remaining. The driver's area features a six-point safety harness, minimalist steering wheel, and a digital instrument cluster. Carbon fiber appointments anoint the area replacing heavier materials traditionally found on MINI passenger cars.

Pared-back carbon-fibre door panels with window and door openers contain cloth straps to make closing the doors easier. There's also a welded-in roll cage.

The drive system of the car is the same as what is in the MINI electric. It produces 135 kilowatts of horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and zero to 37 mph in 3.6 seconds. There's race-spec suspension control arm mountings, four-piston brakes and wheels from the MINI John Cooper Works GP, and Michelin Pilot Sport tires as well.

This may be more than just a concept car. MINI has been teasing its future with forward looking statements regarding going all-electric but promising to not lose the JCW identity along the way.

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