2020 Cadillac CT5 revealed with Escala looks and turbo power

Cadillac’s focus has been on crossover SUVs for the last few yars, but on Monday it shifted back to sedans when it revealed the 2020 CT5 mid-size sports sedan.

Set to make its formal debut next month at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the CT5 is first in Cadillac’s upcoming sedan offensive. A compact CT4 will slot below the CT5, while the CT6’s future is hazy at best. With the XT4, XT5, and XT6 crossover SUVs future already secured, Cadillac’s sedans needed a rethink.

The CT5 is sized between the ATS and CTS and features a design inspired by 2016’s Escala concept car. A wide grille flanked by horizontal LED headlights give the car visual width, while a strong character line down the side is a neatly pressed look. A kink off the rear window line into the C-pillar adds some verve, although we’ll reserve judgement on whether it comes off cheap in person. First shown in Sport trim, the CT5 will also be available in a Luxury trim that will likely feature more chrome trim.

Cadillac Super Cruise

Cadillac Super Cruise

The interior of the CT5 is said to be a driver-focused high-tech place with touch-sensitive controls set to be a prominent feature. Cadillac’s Super Cruise hands-free driver assist system will also be offered.

The CT5 will be Cadillac’s first model to ride on an updated version of General Motors’ rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform. The car has also been confirmed with a 10-speed automatic transmission and the choice of 2.0-liter turbo-4  or 3.0-liter twin-turbo-6 engine. All-wheel drive is also on the options list.

Cadillac 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8

Cadillac 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8

Though it’s yet to be confirmed, a high-performance CT5-V packing Cadillac’s 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 should be launched eventually.

Production of the CT5 will be handled at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, where the ATS and CTS are currently built. The plant will also be responsible for the compact CT4 sedan. This model is due in showrooms about the same time as the CT5.

2020 Cadillac CT4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2020 Cadillac CT4 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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Tesla begins to roll out Model 3 peak power increase in new software update

Tesla has begun to roll out a new software update that boosts Model 3 peak power by 5%. The over-the-air-update was first mentioned by the company in a blog post that introduced the $35k Model 3. Though no timeframe for the upcoming performance increase was mentioned, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter in the days following the blog post to reveal a March roll out.

“Firmware update coming later this month will increase power by ~5%,” tweeted Musk, adding “top speed [to increase] by 10 km/h or 7mph.”

Now, approximately two weeks after Tesla’s announcement of the upcoming Model 3 performance enhancement and range boost, select owners have started to receive the feature update. Release notes for firmware 2019.8.2 posted to Reddit, confirms the improvement.

Credit: 22marks via Reddit

“Your vehicle’s peak power has been increased by approximately 5%, improving acceleration and performance,” reads the description for the new Peak Power Increase.

Independent tests by Model 3 Performance owners show that the vehicle is already capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.18 seconds, and the additional power from firmware 2019.8.2 could only improve upon that. It’s worth noting that the 5% increase in power applies to all Model 3 vehicles, including the Long Range rear-wheel drive and Dual Motor variants.

Already an astounding sports sedan that’s not only able to compete with the best of the best performance-bred cars, on both the street and track, Model 3 looks to extend its lead as a top-seller in its category and climb to the apex of the high-performance car arena.

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Tesla Model Y gets “chrome delete” treatment as a standard offering

The popular chrome delete treatment has finally made its way as a standard offering in Tesla Model Y.

When the electric carmaker unveiled its new 7-seater compact SUV to the world, Teslarati quickly took notice of Tesla Model Y lacking the same chrome accent trim as standardized across the Model S, Model X and Model 3 fleet. Unlike Model 3 which the vehicle is derived from, Model Y’s door handles, side mirrors, blinkers, pillar trim, and various accents that are ordinarily in chrome are finished in matte black.

Tesla Model Y without chrome trim

Photo: Teslarati

Tesla’s Model Y online configurator confirms the company’s direction to remove all chrome accent pieces from the exterior of the vehicle and have “chrome delete” as a standard offering. At least for now.

While it remains to be seen how this aesthetic change will be received by the greater Tesla community, signs of this cosmetic update first appeared when Tesla’s Chief Designer was spotted with a chrome-deletion treatment on his personal Model 3.

Having a Tesla void of any chrome is a common look that’s sought after by the aftermarket community, with owners forking out upwards of $1,000 to cover these pieces with black vinyl.

By making this a standard look on the Model Y, Tesla could be gauging the market for a reaction (and demand) before determining if this will be offered as a future upgrade. In other words, if there’s a negative reaction to this standard “chrome delete” offering, Tesla could simply bring back the chrome trim and offer the matte black trim as an additional upgrade. Conversely, the same could be said if there’s a positive reaction to it. With many people warming to the new look, Tesla could offer this as an upgrade package for existing Model 3, Model S and Model X.

A positive reaction will also help guide the team on setting design cues for future vehicles and vehicle updates such as the rumored Model S and Model X refresh.

Here are some before and after photos showing a Model 3 with standard chrome trim and without. What do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

Tesla Model 3 with standard chrome accents

Tesla Model 3 with a “chrome delete” treatment

Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen’s Model 3
Credit: Marc Benton

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