In 2003 Cadillac launched the CTS, designed to compete with mid-sized luxury sedans, the car helped to convey Cadillac’s attempt to appeal to younger buyers and helped to restore the brand’s prestige both in the United States and abroad. At the New York International Auto Show Cadillac unveiled the third generation CTS.
Three engine options will be offered with the CTS, a turbocharged four cylinder, a naturally aspirated V6, and a twin turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 producing 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged V6 will be offered in V-sport trim (one step bellow Cadillac’s M5 and E63 rival, the CTS-V). The latter engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, with flappy paddles. The two prior engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Thanks to the use of aluminum in the doors, and in the front suspension, the CTS weighs approximately 3,500 lbs., when paired with the V-sport powertrain, the luxury sedan can hustle to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
The V-sport will also come with a limited slip differential, and Brembo breaks. A cooling system optimized for track use is also available, should you want to feel entirely out of place driving a CTS at your local racetrack.
The nose of the CTS has received noticeable changes, new vertical LED running lights flow into the headlights that resemble the headlights seen on the ATS, and on the new Range Rover. Angular front fascia draws the eye to Cadillac’s wreath and crest emblem. The rear of the car is more understated with trademark vertical taillights, a “V” shaped third brake light, and large integrated exhaust tips. In an effort to make the CTS appear more athletic, the roof has been lowered by 1 inch, while the length of the car has grown by 5 inches.
As the CTS is intended to be a luxury sedan, it’s outfitted with ample amounts of wood trim, leather and soft plastic. Cadillac’s infotainment system called CUE is operated by touch scree and by a number of buttons mounted flush to a center console that is unfortunately made out of a hard shiny plastic, which feels cheap to the touch.
Like the Cadillac XTS, the CTS uses a vibrating driver’s seat to alert drivers to potential collisions. The CTS will also come with a lane departure warning system, a blind spot warning system, and adaptive headlights.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS will go on sale this fall, with the announcement of the new CTS-V forthcoming.