A prototype version of the Cadillac CT4 has been spotted by a spy photographer’s camera on its public road test early last year. The CT4 compact 4-door sedan is set as the successor for the Cadillac ATS and CT5 which has been recently announced to the public. Well, this week, the Detroit-based car manufacturer has officially revealed the 2020 Cadillac CT4 which comes in the form of a high-performance CT4-V sedan. This is Cadillac’s new entry-level luxury sedan that is entirely based on the GM Alpha platform, the same platform as that used by the Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro.
It looks like the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is an updated version of the current ATS-V sedan with some performance tweaks and it’s set to compete with some of its main competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3. Cadillac provides several high-performance tweaks on the CT4-V sedan, but no more than the new CT4 standard variants that will be launched in the next few months. It also uses a GM turbo powertrain to be able to compete with its competitors like the Mercedes-Benz and Audi who also use turbo four-banger engines.
Under its hood, the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is powered by a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that can cranks out up to 320 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The upcoming CT4-V sedan is available with a standard rear-wheel drive, but customers can get an all-wheel drive configuration offered only as optional equipment. Basically this is the same GM’s turbo engine as that used by the current Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.
The Detroit factory also provided several performance upgrades on the CT4-V chassis, including a limited-slip differential as standard equipment for the AWD and RWD models, as well as magnetorheological dampers specifically for the rear-wheel drive powered models. Apart from that, the rear-drive version of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V seems more aimed at more high-performance car buyers. Given that the rear-wheel drive model is equipped with a standard 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, while the CT4-V AWD comes with all-season tires.
The most striking design changes that we can see in the CT4 sedan lineup is the new front-rear fascia, which is likely to be the mid-cycle facelift for the current Cadillac ATS. Customers will find the same design style cues as the 2020 Cadillac CT5 at the front end of the car, plus it gets a new headlight design with a more modern style. The new Cadillac CT4-V is not equipped with a special body kit, it’s instead offered with quad exhaust tips, a new front grille with a dark mesh pattern, and a new rear spoiler that makes it even more different from the base CT4 model. In addition, this new model will also get the new electrical architecture as a major upgrade from General Motors. That includes the Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system and over-the-air software updates (OTA) exactly as offered by Tesla.
Release date has been confirmed but pricing is still unknown. The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is scheduled to reach U.S. dealerships early next year. According to a recent report, the new CT4-V sedan is likely to go on sale with an estimated price range of $40,000, while the base CT4 model is priced at around $30,000. However, look for official pricing details closer to the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V release date.
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