Our first look at this new small sedan and it’s already wearing a V badge
This is our first look at Cadillac’s smallest sedan, the 2020 CT4, and it breaks cover in the best way possible: by wearing a V-Series badge. That’s because its power comes from a 2.7-liter turbo-four engine that generates 320 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
The high-output engine, which is likely related to the four-cylinder option in the Chevrolet Silverado, features a unique three-step sliding camshaft that helps optimize performance at all speeds. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. No manual option, but you do get paddle shifters.
The CT4 slots below the also-new CT5 sedan, which in turn replaces the ATS and CTS. On the eve of the Detroit Grand Prix, Cadillac decided to blow some high-octane by revealing the V-Series versions of both the CT4 and CT5.
Although we’ve seen the regular CT5 before, this was our first look at the smaller, more nimble car. Details of the base CT4 are promised in about a month.
And there will also be a track version of the CT4-V with details to come soon. This will be a V-Series strategy going forward, an affordable V and a track V. The first two vehicles to adopt this strategy are the CT5-V and CT4-V. The CT6-V has only one level, but it’s a doozy with the new 550-hp, 627-lb-ft Blackwing V-8 engine.
All versions of CT4 will be built at the Lansing Grand River plant and go on sale in the first quarter of 2020.
Pricing has not been announced, but it will have a $6,000–$7,000 USD premium over a CT4 Sport model. This is a buyer’s most affordable entry into the V-Series family.
The underpinnings are the next generation of GM’s Alpha rear-drive architecture—same bones as the CT5—but the CT4-V is designed to be more nimble than the CT5-V, being shorter and lighter. The rear-drive version has standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, while sedans with all-wheel drive get ZF MVS passive dampers. All have a limited-slip rear differential.
The car has 18-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires; all-season tires are available with AWD.
Cadillac introduced the V-Series in 2004 with the 400-hp CTS-V with a V-8 under the hood. Over the years the family has included V variants of the STS, XLR, ATS, and CT6, which ups its game with the limited run of cars with the new 550-hp, 627-lb-ft Blackwing 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine.