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    2014 Cadillac XTS Gets VSport Package, Starts At $63,020



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 24, 2013

    As we reported back in May, the 2014 Cadillac XTS will now be available the option of the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 with 410 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Now, we know which models will be getting this engine and the pricing.

    The TT 3.6L V6 will be a part of the VSport package on the Premium and Platinum Collection XTS models and will start at $63,020 (includes destination).

    “The addition of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan. This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president Global Cadillac.

    The 2014 Cadillac XTS begins rolling off the assembly line in August.

    Source: Cadillac

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2014 Cadillac XTS Packs Twin Turbo Power

    • New V-6 engine option produces 410 horsepower

    DETROIT – Cadillac will add a new option to its XTS luxury sedan: More power and torque. Starting in August, the all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 will go into production as an optional engine for the 2014 XTS.

    The new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 is also a signature feature of the upcoming all-new 2014 CTS luxury performance sedan. In the XTS, the twin turbo will produce an SAE-certified 410 horsepower (306 kW) and 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm), making it one of the most power-dense six-cylinder engines among luxury cars. The engine delivers 105 lb-ft more torque over the standard V-6 from1900 to 5600 rpm, providing seemingly endless torque for vehicle responsiveness.

    “The addition of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president Global Cadillac. “This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history.”

    In both the CTS and XTS product lines, the twin turbo will be the centerpiece of a new model offering called Vsport. The new Vsport is inspired by and slotted “underneath” Cadillac’s elite high-performance V-Series models. Vsport includes the best-performing technical elements inside the “regular” car line in a single model, headlined by Twin Turbo engine.

    The new Cadillac Twin Turbo is a comprehensive upgrade to the 3.6L dual overhead cam V6 that is standard in the XTS in the U.S. market. Almost every component is unique, including:

    • All-new cylinder block casting
    • Strengthened connecting rods
    • Machined, domed aluminum pistons with top steel ring carrier for greater strength
    • 10.2:1 compression ratio
    • Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts
    • Two turbochargers producing more than 12 pounds of boost (80 kPa)
    • Vacuum-actuated wastegates with electronic control valves
    • All-new direct injection fuel system
    • Tuned air inlet and outlet resonators, aluminum cam covers and other features that contribute to quietness and smoothness.

    The cylinder heads are also unique. They feature a high-tumble intake port design that enhances the motion of the air charge for a more-efficient burn when it is mixed with the direct-injected fuel and ignited in the combustion chamber.

    Pricing for the 2014 XTS starts at $45,525, including destination fees, unchanged from 2013, with standard equipment including the 3.6L V6 engine that makes 306 hp, CUE, intelligent brake assist and Magnetic Ride Control. Three option packages are available: Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections.

    The XTS Vsport model will be offered only in the up-level Premium and Platinum Collections. In addition to the twin turbo engine, Vsport offers upgraded 20-inch wheels and a unique grille, with pricing starting at $63,020 including destination fees.

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    So V-Sport is to Cadillac what the M-Package is to BMW... Nice enhancements to offer, and a way to squeeze a few more USD per vehicle... :AH-HA:

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    CTS V-sport is cheaper than this. Interesting that they make this AWD and the CTS V-sport is rear wheel drive as to try to make them not compete against each other. I think no one is going to buy the XTS V-sport, why pay more for a heavier car with less power, less gears, and worse handling than the CTS V-sport.

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    ^ HA, you also said 'no one will buy the XTS' and you were quite wrong there. Consumers don't buy cars on the singular factoid of which wheels are driven. Most mercedes & BMW owners have no idea which do.

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    It will be interesting to see who buys and how many new CTS vs. XTS.



    The XTS is not my kind of car but It is very comfortable and with the new engine they have made it interesting. I love the drivers seat.



    I am trying to bet my in laws to look at one to dump their DTS for it. They have had so many nagging issues with that car I would like to see them dump it. I think it was that car you always heard was built on a Friday.


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    It will be interesting to see who buys and how many new CTS vs. XTS.

    The XTS is not my kind of car but It is very comfortable and with the new engine they have made it interesting. I love the drivers seat.

    I am trying to bet my in laws to look at one to dump their DTS for it. They have had so many nagging issues with that car I would like to see them dump it. I think it was that car you always heard was built on a Friday.

    Hyper, I hope you in-laws will go and look at the XTS. While I know many happy DTS owners here in Seattle, I have also run into many who want American luxury but are put off by the poor quality of the older generation cars.

    I am hoping the XTS will rebuild the faithful in Cadillac as a stepping stone to greater things to come.

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    The DTS has been issues with Oil burning, Air pump, AC, BCM, Fuels purge system and now converter issues. I am shocked the CEL has not burned out with as much as it has been on. I am glad I have a good engine scanner so we could figure out what many of the issues were. From what I have read on the Cadillac site many were common.

    They have had a series of Lincolns and now the Cadillac and have had bad luck with all of them.

    She just uses it to go shopping a lot.

    I recommended that they check out the Impala too as the car just gets beat up in mall parking anyways.

    I really never liked the DTS but then it is not really my kind of car.

    The XTS is good in her eyes for the chrome but she does not like the slope to the back. She likes here cars like boxes and I have advised here other than the 300 Boxes are pretty much gone. I do not think the father in law will go Chrysler as they have had several on that side of the family and many blown head gaskets and other issues with them. But most were driven in WV and beat to death too with 50 mile plus trips to work and 50 miles home over the mountains.

    They are also looking as SUV's too. She really likes out Terrain and I told her to check out the SRX.

    She buys cars not for performance or even the comfort it is the image she seeks.

    On a side note my resident Ford guy at work about fell all over himself over the Impala. He could not believe how sweet it was. I told him last Feb it blows the Taurus away in styling and now that he saw it he agreed. He said if he had not just bought a new Ford he would have looked at one.

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    ^ HA, you also said 'no one will buy the XTS' and you were quite wrong there. Consumers don't buy cars on the singular factoid of which wheels are driven. Most mercedes & BMW owners have no idea which do.

    I thought the XTS would sell around 2,000 to 2,500 a month, and that is sort of where it is. It should be able to sell 30,000 a year when the Town Car is gone, the MKS isn't very good and it basically replaced STS and DTS. There is still a segment of buyer that wants a big cushy American car, and there is the Livery market. You can get 30,000 sales a year there. I don't see the livery market or 70+ year olds wanting 410 hp, or spending $65k to get it.

    I am curious how the new CTS will sell and what will happen to XTS sales once it comes out, because they are priced nearly the same.

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    b-b-b-but they cannot remotely compete with each other, because -as you have illustrated ad nauseum- one is FWD(/AWD) & one is RWD(/AWD).

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    b-b-b-but they cannot remotely compete with each other, because -as you have illustrated ad nauseum- one is FWD(/AWD) & one is RWD(/AWD).

    Most car companies don't put 2 cars of equal price and similar size against one another. They will cater to different markets yes. But RWD beats FWD in the luxury game. The CTS should be able to cut into XTS sales big time, because of the superior ride and handling, and the interiors are basically the same.

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    I'm curious how you know the ride of the CTS is better... and more to the fact... how the ride has anything to do with which wheels drive the car?

    Rear drive cars ride and handle better than front wheel drive. CTS has a better chassis, Alpha vs Epsilon 2, CTS will have the same magnetic shocks. If Cadillac can't make the CTS have better ride and handling than a dressed up Impala, how are they going to go against Mercedes.

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    Ride & handling are 2 different criteria.

    Ride has zero to do with which wheels are driven and everything to due with suspension/rolling stock. No problem to have a worse-riding RWD car than a FWD car.

    Handling is another matter, which -all else being equal- is generally true (that RWD will handle better).

    CTS is already on par with the 5-series & e-class in handling & ride and is notably lighter, so your theoretical backpedaling to the handling of your nebulous, so-called 'dressed up Impala' isn't even a legitimate concern.

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    It's not like the vehicles we're talking about are 70/30. The XTS is 58/42, the 550 is 53/47, and the way both are driven, owners are very unlikely to see any plowing differences during braking in turns. These are NOT hard-driven sedans and are very close in spec, esp vs. decades ago. I'd be very interested to see how the XTS with it's MRC 'feels' vs. the older suspension tech on the 5-series.

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    I'm curious how you know the ride of the CTS is better... and more to the fact... how the ride has anything to do with which wheels drive the car?

    Rear drive cars ride and handle better than front wheel drive. CTS has a better chassis, Alpha vs Epsilon 2, CTS will have the same magnetic shocks. If Cadillac can't make the CTS have better ride and handling than a dressed up Impala, how are they going to go against Mercedes.

    Ride (firmness or softness) is not the same as handling (ability to maintain control at 9/10ths). Ride has nothing to do with which wheels drive the car. The old DTS "rides" way better than the new (any) CTS.. regardless of how well each one does in the corners.

    The XTS in AWD handles extremely well for the car that it is with far less body roll than an E or S class. It is also substantially firmer than either.

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    A nose-heavy FWD car will tend to plow more during braking, upsetting the ride.... a RWD car with better balance should plow less..

    Magnetic ride control and Hi-Per strut mitigate that.

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    • By William Maley
      When Chevrolet announced the 2017 Bolt's range last week, they hinted that the model would have a price tag of under $37,500 and would qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit. Today, Chevrolet announced the starting price for the Bolt will be $37,495 when it arrives at dealers later this year. The company is quick to point out that the price drops to $29,995 once you add in the $7,500 federal tax credit. But we need to stress that this tax credit cannot be used during the purchase of the Bolt, so you're still paying the $37,495.

      The base Bolt LT will come equipped with a regen-on-demand steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch touchscreen, backup camera, and more. Premier models feature leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, surround view camera, and the rear camera mirror. Chevrolet hasn't announced pricing for Premier at this time.
      Source: Chevrolet
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      DETROIT – The Chevrolet Bolt EV set the range benchmark for an affordable EV capable of going the distance by offering an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge. Now, Chevrolet is keeping its promise to offer the Bolt EV at an affordable price by confirming a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,495 including destination charge. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a net value of $29,995.
      “Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. “We have kept our promise yet again, first on range and now on price.”
      Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. The thrill of driving an EV, along with the sales and service support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers, makes the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
      The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.

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