When it goes on sale this fall, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 will offer a color that its ATS and CTS predecessors never did: Summit White. That’s according to exclusive information obtained by Cadillac Society that has yet to be released or confirmed by Cadillac.
Summit White, assigned production code GAZ, is a regular, non-metallic white color that never came to be offered on the first-generation ATS and third-generation CTS. Those models only offered the Crystal White Tricoat – a metallic color that added an additional $1,000 to the vehicle’s MSRP. In fact, selecting Crystal White Tricoat was the only way for a customer to purchase a white ATS or CTS, while having to pay the approximate $1,000 up-charge in the process.
By comparison, the Cadillac CT5 color palette will include Summit White as a “free” color (on that’s included in the vehicle’s base price), while offering Crystal White Tricoat as an extra-cost option for those who prefer a metallic white, and are willing to pay for it. It’s currently unclear if Summit White will be offered on every Cadillac CT5 model, including the recently-announced CT5-V, or if it will be restricted to the “regular” trim levels such as Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.
Earlier this year, we captured a Summit White Cadillac CT5 undergoing testing on public roads – and the vehicle looks good, albeit the model we captured appear to be a base model.
The Cadillac Society Take
Offering the extra-charge Crystal White Tricoat as the only white color put the Cadillac ATS and CTS at a competitive disadvantage when compared to their most direct rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, and Genesis – all of which currently offer and have previously offered a no-cost, non-metallic white color on their vehicles. Now, Cadillac will finally eliminate the competitive disadvantage.
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I want to purchase a CT5 PHEV with 50 miles EV
I think this is good news. The majority of my 17 new Cadillacs have been white. Several were White Diamond and the most recent ones have been Chrystal White. If I get the CT5 in 2020, I’ll take it in Summit white and spend the $1000 on another feature or save the $25.00 per month.
This is no big deal, this is a cheap taxi cab white and should not be on a luxury car…
It’s most certainly not cheap and it does belong on a luxury car because it is desired by the segment, which is why most of the rivals offer it alongside a more premium white. I am one of those people who doesn’t want a metallic white and I am the target market for this car.
Whether it’s a big deal or not is relative… but the point is that Cadillac needs to remove any and all competitive disadvantage for someone NOT to buy their product over that of the competition. This is one of those competitive disadvantages that is being removed and is a positive development. So it might not be a big deal to YOU, but it’s most certainly a step in the right direction.