The prototype model caught testing today still has a significant amount of camouflage, but the headlights clearly differ from the units seen on the car in February. Despite the heavy camo, we can see what is undoubtedly the new design of Cadillac lights, which entails a horizontal element spanning the grille that then sweeps up into the front fender before dropping vertically into the bumper cover, just ahead of the front wheel well. This design direction was initially previewed by the Cadillac Escala concept, and the first production models to implement the design are the 2019 Cadillac CT6 and 2019 Cadillac XT4.
The Cadillac CT5 will ride on the Alpha 2 platform – the successor to Cadillac’s highly-acclaimed Alpha platform that currently underpins the ATS and CTS ranges, which the CT5 will replace. We believe the model will be closer in overall size to the CTS while being priced closer to the ATS. We expect the CT5 to be unveiled some time in the first half of the 2019 calendar year and go on sale as a 2020 model before the end of 2019. Cadillac recently confirmed that the ATS Sedan will be phased out after the 2018 model year in order to make room at the Lansing Grand River plant for a future model, which we believe to be the CT5.