CC Newsstand: Cadillac Shows New CT5 Sedan – Goodbye Arts and Science – And Mercedes Will Build Its Uber-Luxury Maybach SUV in Alabama

It’s likely to sell reasonably well in its biggest market, China, but I’m having a hard time seeing the new Cadillac XT5 find a lot of traction in the US, where the sedan market just keeps on shrinking. But here it is, Cadillac’s latest entry in a class that has seen some huge changes in the past year or so.

I couldn’t readily find a chart that covers the full year 2018, as the M3 had a huge surge at the end of the year. Since that’s not likely to be sustainable, this part year chart probably paints a more realistic picture.

Update: Here’s a full 2018 MY chart that Eric left in the comments, so I’ve substituted it instead.


Take a good look, as you might well not see many of these on the streets.

Power comes a standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine or optional 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine, both mated to a 10-speed transmission. And like the new XT6 large crossover, the CT5 will feature Cadillac new badging convention that identifies powertrains based on their torque rating in newton-meters.

Somewhat surprisingly, a smaller CT4 is also coming this fall. Cadillac needs more sedans! Both new cars will be built in Lansing, Mich. The CT5 is based on GM’s Alpha platform, which debuted with the ATS. The CT4 is expected be on that platform as well.

Meanwhile mercedes announced that it will build its new $200,000 Maybach at its plant in Alabama. Based on the new third-generation GLS unibody platform, the Maybach will be the most expensive passenger car built in America.

In case you’re Rip van Winkle, luxury SUVs are where it’s at with the younger rich set. Every luxury brand has one or is jumping in, and this Maybach is positioned to take over some of the role the blinged-out G Class has played.

This interior shot is of the Maybach concept, so if the production version is not quite the same, don’t blame me. It reminds me of the ultra-top end British cars of the day, like the Phantom. And a tea set; Stephanie would love it, although this looks to be for green tea; she likes black tea with lots of milk. Is there a fridge on board? If not, it’s a deal breaker for us.