We’ve already shown you all kinds of Cadillac CT4 spy photos last year. But today, our eagle-eyed spy photographer has caught a potential CT4 V-Sport variant.
While most other Cadillac CT4 prototypes we’ve seen in the past have worn a shiny set of multi-spoke wheels and a dual exhaust treatment, the unit seen here features quad exhaust tips and a darker set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/40 R18 Continental SportContact 6 SSR tires. This is high-performance rubber, as the SSR designation denotes Self Supporting Run-Flat tires. Notably, we have seen this exhaust treatment on a prior CT4 prototype, but that model wasn’t using these wheels.
Notably, these wheels appear to be exactly the units from the Carbon Black Package introduced on the 2017 Cadillac ATS. Assigned RPO code PXG, the wheels were 18 inches in diameter and the finish was called Midnight Dark alloy.
The exterior of this particular tester doesn’t tell us much else about its positioning in the CT4 lineup, leading us to conclude that it could either be one of these two models:
- CT4 V-Sport – which would deliver higher performance than the regular model thanks to a higher-output engine and suspension components, or
- CT4 Sport – which would simply be a regular CT4 but with different content (like black trim pieces instead of chrome ones), in line with Cadillac’s new Y trim level strategy
Whichever one of the above options we’re looking at here, we should note that this is definitely not the full-on CT4 V high-performance model, which the CT4 is expected to get during its lifecycle. As far as we know, development of the CT4-V has not yet begun.
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.