Cadillac President Steve Carlisle told Automotive News (subscription required) that the smaller CT4 will also debut this year. He did not provide any timing or details on the car but confirmed we’ll see the car debut in 2019. His comments also put to rest the debate over whether Cadillac will call the smaller the sedan “CT3” or “CT4,” as he confirmed it’s the latter option.
While the CT5 replaces both the ATS and CTS sedans, the CT4 will handle the smaller side of things. Specifically, it should be positioned to battle the sub-compact segment and tackle the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3. It could make the CT4 Cadillac’s least expensive offering and gateway vehicle to the brand. It too should ride on the Alpha 2 platform and offer both rear- and all-wheel drive.
We’ve spied the CT4 testing and it should look a lot like the CT5, especially in the front fascia. Cadillac previously said its design language would move away from the hard angles and vertical lights up front. That’s exactly what we saw from the first photos of the CT5 sedan. The headlights, specifically, are horizontal like and flow into a new grille. LED accent lights sit vertically to keep some of the traditional Cadillac flair.
For power, we expect the CT4 will arrive with Cadillac’s 2.0-liter turbocharged LSY four-cylinder engine. The 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine may show up as an optional engine. The CT5 will not offer the engine, and instead, come with the 2.0-liter turbo-four or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. While we can expect a CT5-V to show up and replace the beloved CTS-V, it’s unclear if a CT4-V is planned. There will, however, be a CT4 V-Sport.