The Cadillac CT5 first dropped cover earlier this year at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, introducing the luxury brand’s newest D-segment premium sedan to indirectly replace the Cadillac ATS. Chief among the CT5’s numerous new features is completely new styling based on the Cadillac Escala concept. And now, we’re getting a fresh take on the new sedan’s design and color courtesy of the CT5’s Chinese market debut.
Earlier this month, Cadillac debuted the CT5 for China at the Chengdu Motor Show, bringing a CT5 Sport in this Wave Metallic hue. Meanwhile, Wave Metallic appears to be the same blue color as what was offered on the now-discontinued Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V. This also marks the first time the CT5 has been seen in this particular paint color.
Like its predecessor, the Cadillac CT5 looks fantastic in this cerulean color, especially when offset by the black detailing unique to the Sport trim level.
Up front, a glossy black mesh grille replaces the standard model’s bright finish, while the window trim, otherwise known as daylight window opening (DLO) trim, is also finished in a glossy black. This model is wearing a unique set of wheels that are optional
The 19-inch premium-painted alloy wheels with Satin Graphite finish seen here are optional on the CT5 Sport. The standard wheels are the 19-inch premium painted alloy with Pearl Nickel finish units. No matter, the dark rollers seen here provide a glimpse at standard Brembo brakes underneath, replacing the standard model’s regular brakes. Note that the calipers hiding behind the wheel on this model are finished in blue, but they can also be ordered in red or standard black on the CT5 Sport trim.
At the side, the CT5 features body-color rocker moldings with black extensions. Finally, the rear end features unique neutral-density (clear) gray-tinted transparent outer tail light lenses with red crystal inner elements, as opposed to the red lenses seen on the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels. A trunk lid spoiler and glossy lower fascia finish it off.
The Cadillac CT5 will be available in China in the fourth quarter of this year. Meanwhile, buyers in the U.S. will get a chance to order one in the fall. This tasty Wave Metallic paint will be available when the new D-segment sedan launches in both markets.
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Hoping it looks better in person. No matter the color, its exterior design just fails with the wow factor. Ok at best.
CT5 looks stunning in person. Those who don’t think so typically haven’t seen it in person.
The ATS had such a refined, luxury looking exterior design. The CT4 and CT5 side and rear design, however, look plain and dated. Cadillac went backwards instead of forward in the exterior design of these two new models. In my opinion, the ATS had much better looking lines, specially at the side panels and rear end.
I agree with Gary
Did you guys see the Chinese YouTube CT5 videos I posted on the “other” (crappy) GM fan site? I think it really looks good in those vids. I’m definitely getting one…
I saw it. Still not won over. It does have some nice design cues but cohesively they don’t work as a whole for an attractive vehicle. The greenhouse aft of the B pillar deflates the car and brings it down market. Did someone say C-Pillar flop?
I bought my wave meralic ct5 in Feb 2020. Great car. I don’t care what others say, i love it. Ride excelant and roomy for its size. Have the 2.0 turbo and get good milage. Only problem high test gas. Also runs well on regular.