In August 2021, GM debuted a new 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in China, with a modular design and various power outputs, as the latest member of the eighth generation of Ecotec engines. A new leak has just revealed that the Cadillac CT5 and Cadillac CT4 will soon add a variant of this new engine in the Asian country.
Chinese authorities released the official statement of SAIC-GM, the automaker’s main joint venture in the Asian country, for the updated 2023 Cadillac CT5 and CT4, the main novelty of which will be the addition of GM’s new 1.5T engine. According to the leak, both models will receive the unit as a new entry-level engine in the Chinese market.
The new 1.5L turbocharged engine in the 2023 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 in China was introduced with the RPO code LDF and is rated at 201 horsepower (150 kW), making it one of the most powerful engines by displacement. This is the most potent variant of GM’s new 1.5L Ecotec engine, offering a net power range of 181 to 201 horsepower (135 to 150 kW).
However, the statement shows that the new 1.5T engine in China’s 2023 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 actually delivers 208 horsepower (155 kW). This figure surpasses all similar powertrain offerings from other manufacturers and would make the most powerful 1.5L engined sedans on the Chinese market.
Since the official launch of the models in China, the Cadillac CT5 and CT4 have been offered exclusively with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY engine that develops 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The new 1.5T engine will be added to the lineup as the base powertrain choice to meet stringent emissions standards and the needs of young Chinese buyers.
The updated 2023 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 with the new turbocharged 1.5L engine will be officially introduced during the second half of the year, and will go on sale in late 2022. The new engine is also expected to be offered in the brand’s other Chinese-built 2023 vehicles, such as the recently leaked Cadillac GT4 crossover.