2021 Cadillac CT4: Redesign, Price, Debut, and Specs. The sharply styled 2021 Cadillac CT4 is an entry-level sedan that attempts to combine a luxury experience with enthusiastic performance. The all-new CT4 essentially replaces the outgoing Cadillac ATS, but the CT4 continues to ride on the same basic underpinnings as the ATS.
Engine, Ride, and Handling
The CT4 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the Premium Luxury version, it makes 309 horsepower and 348 lb-ft from a 2.7-liter turbo four, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For those wanting more power, the CT4-V gets 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft from the 2.7-liter engine and also uses the 10-speed automatic. That output is significantly less than the outgoing ATS-V, which makes 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft. The CT4-V also gets a limited-slip rear differential, Brembo front brakes with four-piston calipers, and 18-inch wheels with summer-only performance tires. All-wheel drive is optional on all CT4 models. We’ll provide our impressions of its ride and handling once we drive one, but we expect both to be excellent based on how balanced the ATS was.
Interior and Technology
Inside the CT4, Cadillac wisely switches to more user-friendly controls versus the largely touch-sensitive interface found on the ATS. The interior design and the quality of the materials appear attractive but unremarkable, the CT4 will feature Cadillac’s cutting-edge technology. We’ll have a better idea once we get some seat time in one. New electrical architecture will allow the sedan to receive over-the-air updates à la Tesla. Cadillac’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise will also be available. There is a slew of standard and optional high-tech features that run the gamut from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. We will continue to update this page as we learn more about the all-new CT4.
2021 Cadillac CT4 Debuts With Up to 309 HP
After revealing the somewhat potent CT4-V earlier this year, Cadillac is now showing off the more frugal base version. The 2021 Cadillac CT4 joins the lineup as the brand’s new entry-level sedan.
The CT4-V boasts a tempting 325 hp from its 2.7-liter turbo-four, but not all small sedan buyers will need, or want, that much power. The regular CT4 comes standard with an eight-speed automatic and a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Hey, at least that’s more hp than a base 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA or Audi A3. The Premium Luxury trim offers a detuned 2.7-liter with an estimated 309 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. Models with the 2.7-liter are paired to a 10-speed automatic.
The CT4 is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and in Luxury, Sport, and Premium Luxury trims. Brembo performance front brakes are standard kit on the Sport model, as well as cosmetic upgrades such as dark exterior accents and a body-color rear spoiler. Premium Luxury CT4 models get their own unique exterior cues, including brightwork on the door handles.
As expected, the CT4 will utilize GM’s new digital vehicle platform to take full advantage of high-speed signal transmission, over-the-air updates, and evolving cybersecurity measures. Cadillac’s much ballyhooed Super Cruise will be available in the 2021 calendar year.
2021 Cadillac CT4 Release Date
GM said the new CT4 will be available to order “later this year.” Let’s hope it’s before the snow flies.