Cadillac took to social media to publicly unveil its new CT4 compact luxury sport sedan, a replacement for the previous ATS.
The 2020 CT4 is based on the GM rear-wheel drive architecture (all-wheel drive is available across the board), which is also used on the bigger CT5 and the Chevrolet Camaro, as was the ATS. The compact luxury sedan is available in 11 exterior colours and 8 interior treatments, and is available for ordering by the end of 2019.
“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, taught surfacing and Cadillac family details that hint at the athletic driving experience this vehicle offers.”
The exterior features distinguishing accents. grille treatments and facias and wheels between the trim levels, with the luxury trim levels receiving bright accents and the sports series getting darker accents, as well as rocker extensions and rear spoiler. LED lighting front and rear is standard across the board.
Steering feedback and road isolation are provided through the use of Cadillac’s double-pivot MacPherson strut front suspension, with driver selectable driving modes (Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice, Track and new My Mode) are standard, offering control over engine note, shift points, suspension, steering, brake feel and torque split on AWD models. The V-Series also gets a V mode (controlled via the steering wheel), in addition to magnetic ride control (for rear-drive cars) and Brembo brakes.
“Cadillac is dedicated to building the most exhilarating sport-luxury sedans,” said Rob Kotarak, Cadillac chief engineer. “Every element of the CT4 is designed to bring innovative technologies right to the driver, providing discerning driving dynamics with cutting edge precision.”
The standard engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder with active fuel management and run stop/start. It makes 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, controlled by an 8-speed automatic. Optional, and standard on V-Series, is a new 2.7-litre turbo 4-cylinder (also with fuel management and stop/start) that makes 325 hp and 380 lb-ft (309 and 348, respectively, on lower trim), controlled through a Hydramatic 10-speed automatic.
The leather interior is accessed through keyless entry, features push-button start and flows around an 8-inch HD touchscreen in the centre of the instrument panel, which serves to control the dual-zone climate control (with humidity sensor), premium audio system with noise cancellation, navigation and, of course, offers display for the rearview camera.
Prices and equipment levels will be finalized closer to delivery dates in the new year.