Last month, GM revealed the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V at a special event in Detroit. The reveal of the CT4-V marked the first time we’ve seen the new CT4 camo-free, though Cadillac didn’t show the regular, non-V version during the event. But we just managed to capture two “regular” Cadillac CT4 models running completely camouflage-free in Metro Detroit, giving us our first look at the C-segment luxury sedan.
The red car is the Cadillac CT4 in Premium Luxury, as evidenced by the bright grille accents in the grille, bright window trim and door handles, red tail lamp lenses, and bright multi-spoke wheels.
Meanwhile, the blue model is the Cadillac CT4 Sport, as per its black grille elements, blacked-out window trim, body-color door handles, clear taillight lenses, and sporty wheels with fewer spokes and a darker finish. There’s also a more aggressive lower fascia on the CT4 Sport.
Both the CT4 Sport and Premium Luxury are expected to be the higher-end trim levels of the CT4 model range. The entry-level model is expected to be the base Luxury trim, which is not pictured here since we have yet to see it.
Though not officially announced, we believe that these “base” Cadillac CT4 models will be powered by the new turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine that first made its debut in the 2019 Cadillac XT4, before making its way to the 2019 Cadillac CT6 (and before being deleted for the 2020 model year), along with the 2020 Cadillac CT5 and XT5 refresh. The boosted four is rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission expected to be available in the Cadillac CT4 is the new GM 10-speed automatic.
Underpinning the Cadillac CT4 is GM’s critically-acclaimed Alpha platform previously used on the Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS, and the current sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro. In fact, the CT4 appears to be a very thorough re-skinning of the ATS, keeping its wheelbase, roofline, as well as other proportions/dimensions. The interior, however, is completely redesigned and is more along the lines of the cabin in the Cadillac CT5.
The higher-performance Cadillac CT4-V will feature the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B making 320 horsepower. The boosted four will also be mated to the new ten-cog gearbox. A second, higher-performance variant of the Cadillac CT4-V is expected to show up later on in the model’s lifecycle as part of Cadillac’s new two-tier V-Series strategy. The model was previewed by what GM called the “next level” Cadillac CT4 prototype at the Belle Isle race track during the Detroit Grand Prix.
When it goes on sale in early 2020, the new Cadillac CT4 will take on other C-segment luxury cars, with the primary rivals being the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, and upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Sport lines.