Remember what caused the Stingray's delay?
When it was first revealed to the world last April at the 2019 New York Auto Show, Cadillac claimed its all-new CT5 sport luxury sedan would be in dealerships sometime the following fall. It is now Christmas and, so far, no CT5s have arrived. What's going on and when will this new BMW 5 Series fighter be available for purchase? We finally have an update regarding this matter thanks to Cadillac Society.
A company spokesperson told the publication the 2020 Cadillac CT5 will begin to arrive in US dealerships in late December, meaning immediately after Christmas. However, more significant volumes will begin arriving in the first quarter of 2020. What caused this delay in the first place? Look no further than the same reason that's delayed the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: the 40-day UAW strike against GM.
Workers walked off the job throughout America, including the Lansing Grand River facility in Michigan where CT5 production will take place. Ironically enough, the CT5 has already gone on sale in China. Chinese market CT5s are not built in Michigan but rather at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant in Shanghai. Not in the least bit surprising, GM's China operations have never been subject to a strike. The pending arrival of the CT5 in America also means the more performance-focused CT5-V probably is also due to arrive fairly soon.
But that's not the CT5 variant most everyone craves. That will be a still unrevealed high-performance variant that could come powered by the LT4 supercharged V8 found in the outgoing C7 Corvette Z06, according to an earlier report.
If so, this means we're looking at a 600 or so horsepower sedan that will give the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 some potential trouble. The base CT5, meanwhile, will come powered by a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo four with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Premium Luxury and Sport trims will instead receive a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. Both engines are linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Does Cadillac have a sedan sales hit on its hands? We'll find out fairly soon.