GM Authority was the first publication to correctly identify prototypes of the Cadillac CT4 in August 2018. Since then, our photographers have given us photos of the upcoming small sedan wearing production headlights and tail lights, as well as the hotted-up V-Sport trim. Today, we caught the Cadillac CT4 Sport with a production grille.
As per Cadillac’s recently-introduced Y trim level strategy, Sport models are distinguished by replacing many of the vehicle’s shiny, chrome-look design elements like the ones seen on this CT4 Premium Luxury with blacked-out ones, while also tuning the suspension to a sportier setting. Though the tester model continues being wrapped in some heavy camo, we can still make out some of these elements on the Cadillac CT4 Sport.
The most notable feature here is the grille: whereas previous prototypes wore a placeholder grille, this Cadillac CT4 Sport is wearing the production unit, which features the new shield-like mesh while having a shiny black finish. The pattern on the grille is nearly identical to what we see currently on the Sport trim levels of the 2019 Cadillac CT6, 2019 Cadillac XT4 and 2020 Cadillac XT6.
We also see this particular Cadillac CT4 Sport tester wearing a set of black, double five-spoke 19-inch wheels with very low-profile tires. The units appear to be identical to the gloss-black 19-inch accessory wheels offered on the current ATS range, where they are assigned RPO code 5XZ.
We believe that these wheels will be optional on CT4 Sport models, and that the stock wheels will be a set of 18-inch units with black elements.
Out back, the Cadillac CT4 Sport tester features another tell-tale sign of its trim level: tinted neutral-density (clear) taillamps. A set of integrated, trapezoidal dual exhaust pipes is present and accounted for on the model. Meanwhile, the model we believe to to be the CT4 V-Sport gets a set of quad pipes out back, while retaining the other design elements from the CT4 Sport.
Overall, we must say that the CT4 is coming along quite well. The model is expected to be a new entry into the hotly-contested C-segment currently defined by the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and – in some markets – the BMW 1 Series sedan. Expect it to reach the market in late 2019 or early 2020, as a 2020 model year vehicle.
About Cadillac CT4
The CT4 is an upcoming small luxury sedan from GM's Cadillac luxury car division. The vehicle will indirectly replace the ATS Sedan as Cadillac's smallest sedan, slotting in the luxury C-segment against the likes of the Audi A3 range, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class family and the BMW 1 Series Sedan (which is currently available only in China).
The CT4 will be based on the second iteration of the highly-acclaimed GM Alpha platform known as Alpha 2. In first-generation guise, the architecture underpinned the ATS and CTS lines. Rear-wheel-drive will be standard, while all-wheel-drive will be optional. High-performance CT4 V-Sport is planned. It's unclear whether a CT4-V is planned.
Power should come from the standard 2.0L Turbo LSY four-cylinder engine. The naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX could be offered as an option, but that might not take place. A CT4 V-Sport model will likely be powered by 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 LGW engine. If a high-performance CT4-V is produced, then it will likely be powered by a higher-output version of the LGW engine. It's unlikely that the CT4 will ever cradle the new Cadillac 4.2L V8 DOHC LTA engine, otherwise known as Blackwing.
Trim levels will follow the new Cadillac new Y trim level structure, commencing with the base Luxury, followed by mid-level Premium Luxury and Sport trims, and the range-topping Platinum and V-Series trims. Pricing should start in the low $30,000 range.
The CT4 will be built at the following plants:
- GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan, USA for North America, South Korea, and the Middle East
- Jinqiao Cadillac plant in China for China
The Cadillac CT4 is expected to be introduced in the end of the 2019 calendar year and go on sale in early 2020 as a 2020 model year vehicle.