Faster back, hold the hatch. “We wanted to reinterpret the sedan by giving it more of a fastback profile” Smith said. “People have asked me why didn’t we make it a hatchback. The point I’ve made is the sedan is actually more of an efficient package; we didn’t put any hinges overhead, so we didn’t have to raise the roof.”
One car, two personalities. “Something we started with the XT4 is we wanted to make sure people know it’s a Cadillac, but also know which Cadillac it is,” Smith said. “Each vehicle has its own character and we really wanted this vehicle to be expressive and athletic, but this also continues our philosophy of giving Cadillacs both luxury and sporty characters. The front ends [of the CT5’s luxury and sport trims] are actually quite different graphically but also in texture. There’s the Escala-inspired front end and a more V-series inspired one with the mesh.
About the CT5’s controversial rear pillar design
. “What we wanted to do was have an element that gave you a really fast upper while still maintaining good headroom,” Smith said. “The Interesting thing there is we could have gone and put in a sixth window in, but to me it’s less efficient and it’s a nice solution for the rear occupant as well. Graphically I like where it sits on the car and the whole stance of the vehicle.”
The approach to its insides. “We wanted to do a couple of things [with the interior],” Smith said. “We think the rear is class-leading, and we’ve done a lot of work at the architectural level with foot room and entry to make it a great place to sit. But ultimately a luxury vehicle is about the person who owns the car so wanted to give it a driver focus. We also wanted to make sure that everything was intuitive and easy to use and within reach of the driver.” At the top of the center stack is a 1080p full-HD, 10.0-inch touchscreen.
One car, two personalities, part deux. “We kind of curate different experiences using materials,” Smith said. “There’s one with open-pore elm wood trim [on the Luxury]. The [Sport] has a high-contrast interior with red stitching that makes it feel really sporty. The red stitch is matched with a red wire weave that’s in the carbon fiber as well. It has a different character.”