Cadillac’s replacement for the entry-level ATS coupe and sedan is called the CT4. A heavily reworked version of the ATS, the 2020 Cadillac CT4 uses the same platform and vehicle architecture but features a redesigned exterior, a reworked interior, and both hardware and software upgrades.
Highlights of the new Cadillac CT4 include:
- Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, and CT4-V trims – with an even higher performance version to come
- Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
- Near 50:50 weight distribution for balanced driving dynamics
- Cadillac User Experience (CUE) is exorcised from the interior, replaced with a tablet-style touchscreen, buttons, and knobs
- Available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0
What’s important to you, future-thinking reader, is that Cadillac Super Cruise is an option for the new CT4.
New Caddy CT4 Made For People Who Like to Drive, and Who Don’t
Arguably the most advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) available at the start of the summer of 2019, Super Cruise debuted in the Cadillac CT6. Now, with the introduction of the new CT4 entry-luxury and the CT5 mid-luxury sedans for the 2020 model year, this technology is available at a lower price than before.
Cadillac announced the expansion of Super Cruise to its entry-level car when the automaker introduced the CT4-V. This is the performance-tuned version of the car, the one that’s the most fun to drive.
If you’re still interested in driving, here are the important details:
- Turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine making 320 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- Rear-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive
- Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 continuously adaptive damping suspension with V-specific tuning (RWD only)
- Brembo front brakes, with 4-piston calipers and vented discs at each corner
- 18-inch aluminum wheels with 235/40 summer performance tires
- Weighs 3,616 pounds
Apparently, the new CT4-V won’t be the highest-performing version of the new compact luxury sport sedan. At the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix, a couple of camouflaged prototypes went ripping around the course to the delight of race fans. Each boasted more aggressive wheel-and-tire combinations, subtle bodywork modifications, and revised grille and air intakes to cool whatever beast lies within.
Cadillac Super Cruise Offers True Hands-off Driving
If you’re no longer interested in driving, you might still want a 2020 Cadillac CT4, because Super Cruise allows you to travel 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada without holding the steering wheel. Seriously. You can drive for hours without gripping the rim, as long as conditions are right.
What you can’t do with Super Cruise is stop paying attention. Like Santa Claus, the Cadillac CT4 will know when you’ve been sleeping, will know when you’re awake, will know when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.
Cadillac CT4 production starts late in 2019 at the company’s Lansing Grand River factory in Michigan and goes on sale in early 2020. Reports claim that it will compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, which suggests that Cadillac CT4 prices will start below $35,000.
Of course, that’s without Super Cruise.