The Cadillac CT4-V has arrived, and its place in the Cadillac lineup takes a bit of explaining. It looks like a reworked version of the ATS, and it is, riding on the same Alpha platform and even looking to share some body panels. But rather than being a BMW 3-series competitor—that’s now the CT5’S s job—Cadillac is repositioning the CT4 into a smaller segment so that it will now compete with the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz A-class.
The model you see here is the CT4-V, a medium-performance variant that’s several rungs below the outgoing ATS-V on the performance ladder. Think of it as a direct rival to the Audi S3 and Mercedes-AMG A35 providing a slight but not extreme performance enhancement over the base CT4, which will be revealed in about a month.
Also like the CT5-V, the CT4-V is based on the Alpha platform that underpinned the ATS and CTS, and gets fourth-generation magnetic ride control dampers. A mechanical limited-slip rear differential will be standard, as will a launch control feature, and five driving modes. Brembo front brake will help arrest momentum. Summer performance tires will be standard on rear-drive models, while AWD cars will get all-seasons; all will be mounted on 18-inch alloy wheels.
The CT4-V looks like a 7/8 scale version of CT5-V sedan. Cadillac hasn’t released dimensions yet, but the CT4 appears to be about the size of the Genesis G70.
The exterior has a wide horizontal mesh grille, slim headlights, a front lip spoiler, and dark accents. A strong character line can be spotted along the sides, and the rear is punctuated by quad exhaust tips, a decklid lip spoiler, and a diffuser.