Operations at the facility have been idled for the better part of the 2021 calendar year as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage. More recently, the plant partially reopened to facilitate the assembly of the initial units of the two ultra-high-performance variants of the CT4 and CT5 – the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
The regular variants of the CT4 and CT5, meanwhile, have not been in production since May 10th, effectively closing out the vehicles’ 2021 model year. As such, the CT4 and CT5 that began production today are 2022 model year vehicles, which contain minor changes over the 2021 models. One of these changes is the deletion of the NFC smartphone pairing feature, as previously reported by Cadillac Society.
Both vehicles will continue to offer the same powertrain lineup as they did for 2020 and 2021. That means the base engine for the 2022 Cadillac CT4 350T will remain the turbocharged 2.0L I4 (production code LSY), rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s standard on the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trim levels. The turbocharged 2.7L I4 (production code L3B) is optional on the CT4 Premium Luxury, where it makes 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and gets the 500T badge. The 2.7L turbo engine is standard on the CT4-V, where it’s tuned to deliver 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
New for the 2022 model year is the CT4-V Blackwing, which is powered by the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 engine (production code LF4) rated at 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque.
The 2022 Cadillac CT5 350T will continue to feature the 2.0L I4 (production code LSY), rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as standard on the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trim levels. The twin-turbo 3.0L V6 (production code LGY) is optional on the CT5 Premium Luxury 550T, where it makes 335 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, and standard on the CT5-V, where it makes 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.
Joining the CT5 lineup the 2022 model year is the CT5-V Blackwing, which is powered by the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine (production code LT4) rated at 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque.
The lack of production has caused CT5 and CT4 sales to suffer significantly, with both models recently slipping to the bottom of their respective segments in terms of cumulative sales volume. Here’s to hoping that the restarted production of both vehicles, which represent Cadillac’s only remaining sedans in the United States and Canada, will continue without any hiccups.
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