General Motors will not offer the new Cadillac V-Series models – the CT4-V and CT5-V – in China, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with Cadillac product plans.
The decision to not offer the all-new Cadillac V-Series vehicles in the Chinese market is noteworthy given that China has recently become Cadillac’s largest market by sales volume. In 2019, for instance, Cadillac recorded 156,246 new vehicle sales in the United States, some 57,000 units less than the 213,717 units delivered in China during the same timeframe.
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Not offering the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V means that Chinese customers will be limited to only a single engine offering in both sedans – the twin-scroll, turbo-charged 2.0L LSY engine, which is rated at a maximum 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Meanwhile, the two Cadillac V-Series models – which began shipping to U.S. dealers in March just as the COVID-19 pandemic halted GM production in the Americas – deliver more power and more spirited performance.
The CT4-V is powered by a turbo-charged 2.7L I-4 L3B engine with TriPower technology making 325 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission with either RWD (standard) or AWD (optional). Magnetic Ride Control is offered on RWD models, while AWD models use passive dampers. Brembo brakes bring the vehicle to a stop.
The CT5-V is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 LGY engine making a healthy 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Like in its smaller brother, power is sent via a 10-speed automatic transmission with RWD as standard, and AWD optional.
In roughly a year, both models will be joined by ultra-high-performance variants – the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.
Not bringing the CT4-V and CT5-V in China follows in the footsteps of the discontinued CT6-V, which was also not offered in the Asian country, which is now the world’s largest by sales volume.
It’s worth noting that all three of Cadillac’s primary competitors – Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW – offer their mid- and high-tier performance models in China, including S/RS, AMG and M, respectively. Sources tell GM Authority that GM’s decision not to offer Cadillac V-Series vehicles in China are driven by the desire to keep the supply chain simplified, while also allowing the vehicles to slot into a lower tax bracket (China taxes vehicles based on engine displacement). As of this writing, we’re told that no plans exist to change that.
For the time being, the CT4-V and CT5-V have been officially announced for the U.S. and Canada. No official announcements have been made for the two models to become available elsewhere, but we expect them to also become available in the Middle East and South Korea in roughly a year.
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