The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V has made its official debut during a special event at Detroit’s Eastern Market. It will go on sale later this year as an answer to other luxury compacts like the Mercedes-AMG A35 and CLA35, as well as the upcoming BMW M235i Grand Coupe and Audi S3.
Under the hood of this subcompact luxury sedan is General Motors’ turbo-charged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine making 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet torque. All that torque is on tap from just 1,500 RPM, guaranteeing plenty of low-end grunt. The engine comes with Active Fuel Management as well – just as it does in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
Paired with the turbo four is the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available as an option. RWD models will come with Magnetic Ride Control, while AWD Cadillac CT4-V’s will use ZF MVS passive dampers. A limited-slip rear differential and Brembo front brakes are present and accounted for.
The Cadillac CT4-V rides on the same Alpha 2 platform that underpins the Cadillac CT5 and CT5-V, which itself is an evolution of the first-gen Alpha platform that was introduced in the ATS and CTS. Cadillac says that the platform delivers near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution delivering exceptional feeling of balance and control.
The exterior features Cadillac’s new front fascia, dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles. The small sedan rides on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer only tires on RWD cars and all-season tires on AWD models. Quad exhaust tips and a unique rear spoiler design that helps reduce rear lift while increasing grip for the rear tires are present and accounted for.
The cabin of the Cadillac CT4-V features an all-new interior, with horizontally-laid-out elements such as AC vents and trim. The latest iteration of Electronic Precision Shift and rotary controls for the Cadillac infotainment system are present and accounted for.
The CT4-V also features a “unique performance persona instrument cluster”, a new steering wheel with V-Mode steering wheel controls, and a Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode. GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system will be available.
The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V goes on sale early in the 2020 calendar year. Production will take place at the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan for the North American markets. Units destined for China will be built at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant in Shanghai.
Cadillac says that “additional product information, as well as details on additional V-Series variants will be announced at a later date.”