Automakers typically introduce the standard model before rolling out performance variants, but Cadillac eschewed that tradition when they unveiled the CT4-V.
The standard model will be introduced in about a month, but we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Despite suggestions that the car would be smaller than the ATS, this isn’t the case. The CT4-V measures 187.2 inches (4756 mm) long, 71.5 inches (1815 mm) wide and 56 inches (1423 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 109.3 inches (2775 mm). This means the CT4-V is 4.4 inches (112 mm) longer, 0.4 inches (10 mm) wider and 0.1 inches (3 mm) taller than the ATS sedan.
Considering the wheelbase hasn’t changed, it’s not surprising to learn the CT4-V has about the same interior space as the ATS. Front seat occupants have 42.2 inches (1078 mm) of legroom and 38.4 inches (974 mm) of headroom. This means they lose 0.3 inches (8 mm) of legroom, but gain 0.2 inches (5 mm) of headroom.
The ATS’ back seat was often criticized for being cramped and those complaints will likely continue in the CT4. Legroom drops from 33.5 inches (851 mm) to 33.4 inches (848 mm), while headroom falls from 36.8 inches (935 mm) to 36.5 inches (928 mm).
The CT4 continues to ride on the rear-wheel drive Alpha platform and the CT4-V tips the scales at approximately 3616 lbs (1640 kg). That means the car weighs 243 lbs (110 kg) more than the ATS with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and 155 lbs (70 kg) more than the model equipped the 3.6-liter V6. However, we can expect the standard CT4 to be lighter than the CT4-V.
The old 3.6-liter V6 is interesting to mention as it produced 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS). This is 15 hp (11 kW / 15 PS) more than the turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder in the CT4-V, but the new engine produces 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque which is a significant increase over the V6’s 285 lb-ft (386 Nm).
As for styling, the CT4 should closely echo the CT4-V. However, we can expect a less aggressive front fascia and a revised grille. The standard model will also drop the four-tailpipe exhaust system and V-spec rear spoiler.