We’ve seen the upcoming Cadillac CT4 undergoing testing earlier this year. During each of those instances, however, the upcoming small sedan was wearing placeholders headlights, until now – as we managed to get catch the CT4 testing with production-spec headlights at the GM Milford Proving Grounds.
The headlights reveal a new take on Cadillac’s unique vertical LED lighting signature reminiscent of that on the Cadillac ATS, which the CT4 will indirectly replace. The checkered camouflage tries to trick us into thinking that the vertical lighting signature is interrupted, but we don’t believe that this will be the case. What’s unclear is whether the vertical signature will be joined by a horizontal counterpart, like the ones seen on the 2019 Cadillac CT6 and 2019 XT4.
What appears to be an LED reflector housed within the headlamps cluster is tasked with providing primary lighting function.
The updated Cadillac CT4 prototype seen here features the least amount of camouflage and represents the furthest phase of development in which we’ve seen the vehicle to date. As such, it gives us the most revealing look at the car’s front-fascia, while representing the future Cadillac fascias.
The CT4 is expected to launch some time in calendar year 2019 as a 2020 model year vehicle. It will indirectly replace the ATS, while being positioned to compete in the subcompact space (C-segment), with primary rivals including the Audi A3 range, the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, as well as a potential BMW 1 Series Sedan.
About Cadillac CT4
The CT4 is an upcoming small luxury sedan fromÂ 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 currentlyÂ available only in China).
The CT4Â will be based on theÂ secondÂ iteration ofÂ theÂ highly-acclaimedÂ GM Alpha platformÂ known asÂ Alpha 2.Â InÂ 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-SportÂ is planned. It's unclear whether aÂ CT4-VÂ is planned.
Power should come from the standard 2.0L Turbo LSY four-cylinder engine. The naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGXÂ couldÂ be offered as an option, but that might not take place. A CT4 V-Sport model will likely be powered byÂ 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 LGW engine. If a high-performance CT4-VÂ is produced,Â then it willÂ likely be poweredÂ by a higher-output version of the LGW engine. It's unlikely that the CT4Â will ever cradle theÂ new Cadillac 4.2L V8 DOHC LTAÂ engine, otherwise known as Blackwing.
Trim levels will follow the new CadillacÂ new YÂ trim levelÂ structure, commencingÂ withÂ the baseÂ Luxury, followed by mid-level Premium Luxury and Sport trims,Â andÂ the range-topping Platinum and V-Series trims. Pricing should start in the low $30,000 range.
TheÂ CT4 will be built at the following plants:
- GM Lansing Grand River plantÂ in Michigan, USA forÂ North America, South Korea, and the Middle East
- JinqiaoÂ CadillacÂ plant in ChinaÂ for China
The Cadillac CT4Â is expected to be introduced in theÂ endÂ ofÂ the 2019 calendar year and go on sale in early 2020Â as aÂ 2020 model year vehicle.