The Cadillac CT4 is a four-door sedan that is an indirect successor to the discontinued Cadillac ATS. It represents the entry-level vehicle in the luxury marque’s sedan lineup, and is positioned beneath the Cadillac CT5 and Cadillac CT6. It is currently sold in the U.S., Canada, China and the Middle East. It’s built at the Lansing Grand River plant for North American markets, while the Cadillac Jinquiao plant handles production for China.
|Model Years||2020 – Present|
|Assembly location||Lansing Grand River Plant, Michigan, USA; Jinqiao Shanghai, China|
|Engine(s)||Turbo 2.0L I-4 LSY, Turbo 2.7L I-4 L3B, Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 LF4|
|Transmission||GM Hydra-Matic 8-Speed Auto, GM Hydra-Matic 10-Speed Auto, Tremec 6-speed Manual|
|Drive wheels||Rear-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive|
|Availability||U.S.A., Canada, China, Middle East|
|Predecessor||ATS Sedan (indirect predecessor)|
|Successor||None at the moment|
|Segment:||Luxury B Sedan (Lux 2)|
As for the CT4 moniker, the name is the result of Cadillac’s latest naming convention, wherein the luxury marque tags all sedans and coupes with the “CT” suffix followed by a number designating its order in the lineup. Similarly, Cadillac crossovers and SUVS are named “XT,” followed by a number identifying its positioning in the vehicle hierarchy.
General Motors filed a trademark application for the CT4 name with the Untied States Patent and Trademark Office on November 7th, 2014. The 2020 CT4 made its debut in the third quarter of 2019, and went on sale early in the 2020 calendar year as a 2020 model year vehicle.
First Generation (2020 – Present)
“We developed CT4 to appeal to youthful buyers in the luxury market who may be new to the Cadillac brand,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “The vehicle was intended to draw attention, using a combination of great proportions, taut surfacing and Cadillac family details that hint at the athletic driving experience this vehicle offers.”
Available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, the Cadillac CT4 harnesses one of two engine options. The first is the luxury marque’s turbocharged 2.0L LSY I4 engine, good for 237 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which is mated exclusively to the eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.7L L3B I4 engine is also available, providing 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission.
The “regular” CT4 was launched alongside its more powerful performance counterpart, the CT4-V. Opting for this variant grants the high-output version of the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B engine, which is good for 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional, and customers can choose from the 10-speed automatic transmission or optional six-speed manual.
Finally, the range-topper in the CT4 family is the CT4-V Blackwing. This super sedan, which is part of the Cadillac V-Series line of performance vehicles, harnesses the twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF4 V6 engine, which is tuned to deliver 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Introduced in early 2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle, the CT4-V Blackwing brings aggressive exterior styling to the luxury sedan, along with exclusive available carbon fiber elements. The six-speed manual transmission is standard on the CT4-V Blackwing, while the 10-speed automatic is optional. Additionally, the super sedan is exclusively available with a rear-wheel-drive drivetrain.
|Engine||Model(s)||Fuel||Aspiration||Driven Wheels||Transmission||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)||Axle Ratio|
|2.0L LSY I4||350T (Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport)||Gasoline||Turbocharged||Rear or All-Wheel Drive||8-Speed Auto (M5N)||237 / 177 @ 5000||258 / 350 @ 1500-4000||2.85|
|2.7L L3B I4||500T (Premium Luxury)||Gasoline||Turbocharged||Rear or All-Wheel Drive||10-Speed Auto (MQA)||310 / 231 @ 5500||350 / 475 @ 1500-4000||2.85|
|2.7L L3B I4||CT4-V||Gasoline||Turbocharged||Rear or All-Wheel Drive||10-Speed Auto (MQA)||325 / 242 @ 5500||380 / 515 @ 2000-4000||2.85|
|3.6L LF4 V6||CT4-V Blackwing||Gasoline||Twin-Turbocharged||Rear-wheel-drive||10-Speed Auto (MQA) or 6-Speed Manual||472 / TBD @ 5850||445 / TBD @ 3500||2.85|
Lifecycle & Future Models
Below are our expectations for the lifecycle of the Cadillac CT4.
|2020 Cadillac CT4||Launch|
|2020 Cadillac CT4-V||Launch|
|2021 Cadillac CT4||Minor changes|
|2021 Cadillac CT4-V||Minor changes|
|2022 Cadillac CT4||Minor changes|
|2022 Cadillac CT4-V||Minor changes|
|2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing||Launch|
|2023 Cadillac CT4||MY changeover|
|2023 Cadillac CT4-V||MY changeover|
|2023 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing||MY changeover|
|2024 Cadillac CT4||MY changeover – midcycle refresh (expected)|
|2024 Cadillac CT4-V||Mid-cycle refresh (expected)|
|2024 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing||midycle refresh (expected)|
|2025 Cadillac CT4||MY changeover – minor changes (expected)|
|2025 Cadillac CT4-V||MY changeover – minor changes (expected)|
|2025 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing||MY changeover – minor changes (expected)|
It is unlikely that the Cadillac CT4 will see a second generation. It will likely be discontinued after the 2025 model year, after which it will be indirectly replaced with an electric sedan that will be the size of the Cadillac CT5.
- Although this timeline represents the latest intel from sources familiar with the matter, it is subject to change.
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