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New York Auto Show: 2014 Cadillac CTS

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By William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

March 26, 2013

We've seen the pictures and learned about the powertrain, now GM is spilling the beans on the new 2014 Cadillac CTS tonight.

Design of the new CTS is a further refinement of Cadillac's Art & Science design language that has been soldering on for decade now. The front end features a grille that is reminiscent of the Ciel concept, strips of LED lights running along the outer edge of headlights, and long, low hood. The side profile has character lines the run all the way that start at the front bumper and continue unbroken to the rear.

Dimensionally, the new CTS is about five inches longer, has a one inch longer wheelbase, and is lower by about 0.8 inch than the outgoing model. More impressive is that the base CTS has a curb weight of just 3,616 lbs; that's only 250 lbs lighter than the outgoing model. V6 models weigh only 175 heavier.

This weight loss is due in part to the extensive use of aluminum in the CTS. The model features aluminum doors, front bumper beam, rear suspension cradle, and aluminum brake calipers. Other weight saving tricks include varying the thickness of the B-pillar sheetmetal and removing bits of metal in between the spot wells.

Inside the CTS, Cadillac is stepping up the levels of customization. No fewer than eight different color schemes will be available, with trim featuring real wood, real aluminum or real carbon fiber. All of that trim can be swapped by dealer if you're getting tired of the trim you currently have. All CTS models will have Cadillac User Experience (CUE) as standard equipment.

Power for the CTS comes in three different engine choices:

  • 2.0L Turbo-Four: 272 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.6L DI V6: 321 horsepower, 275 pound-feet
  • 3.6L TT V6: 420 horsepower, 430 pound-feet
The 2.0T gets a six-speed automatic and the two V6s get an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available for the 2.0T and 3.6L V6 (which gets trades its eight-speed for a six-speed).

The 3.6 TT V6 gets a special trim level called Vsport. Vsport will feature eighteen-inch wheels, quicker steering ratio, Brembo brakes front and rear, a Track mode for the transmission, heavy-duty cooling system, electronic limited slip differential, and Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control active suspension.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS arrives at dealers this fall.

Source: Cadillac

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

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Lamar    72

3,616 pounds? For the sake of reference, the current Malibu LTZ 2.0T weighs 3660 lbs.

I honestly cannot find any objective problems with the car just yet. Cut weight from the previous car, will share platforms to save GM some cash, firmly distanced away from the ATS, highly class-competitive powertrain offerings... I'm still not 100% on the rear design, but that's not objective. That's just me.

Bring on the reviews!



Also, in b4 SMK complains about it still not being a Mercedes.

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dfelt    1,782

So far based on what I have read and seen in pictures I like this car from all sides. I do not like how they keep getting lower and lower to the ground as that really makes it harder for us tall guys to get in and out without doing deep squats all day long.

I love the variety of interiors.

My Beef, All the NANNY Devices they are incorporating into the auto's. This I feel is still WRONG!

Why WRONG you ask, simple. if you do not like to drive, take the freakin bus, taxi or have someone else drive who will pay attention. Having a auto that will try to sense and force you to accept when it brakes, etc I see causing more accidents than preventing. Computers can still not respond as fast as the human brain and I want the auto to do what I want, not what some GOV is telling it to do.

If there is no way to turn off these stupid NANNY devices, then my ability to buy newer auto's will come to an end.

New auto quality is at it's best ever, but then also is the complete discard it when someone hits you. All this aluminum will tend to cause these cars to be sent to the shredder and I think we will find less and less older auto's on the roads in the future.

I agree with Dodgefan, I do think that Caddy has hit this one out of the ballpark. I hope this is a trend that will continue with all new auto introductions from them.

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All I can say is holy crap is this thing awesome. I think they really nailed what they need to be going after. Easily competitive with Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series.

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regfootball    234

no stick? ............. 8 speed only with RWD? both fails in an otherwise spectacular package.......

3600 pound weight is quite exceptional, although to be fair, if the Epsilon were as rigorously engineered gram per gram as the Alpha chassis, they would be able to trim the weight of that down to about 3300 or so.......

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smk4565    323

The weight is really good, although I'd like to see what a V6 with equipment on it weighs too. Overall I think it is very good, I don't like the headlights or a bland rear end, or the center stack with the Volt-like buttons but all Cadillacs have it now. It is good that they have 8 interior colors.

The 8-speed should be on every engine, but maybe next year. They need a diesel too.

Interesting that it is 4.2 inches longer and only 1.2 inch longer wheelbase, it should be the reverse. The new CTS is Hyundai Genesis length, that is pretty big, if it has Genesis level interior room it will have more than the XTS.

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Drew Dowdell    5,000

I'll wait for the numbers, but the XTS feels larger inside front to back, width is where it may lose ground.

The CTS is amazing in the flesh. I don't see the rear as bland but as a nod to 1967.

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balthazar    1,882

^ An excellent point.


However, the rear treatments on MOST cars are rather bland. mercedees, BMW, audi; Snorefests, all series.
Yes, I am thinking of the tailfin era, where both ends had the hardware to delight & entertain. Not that I expect tailfins (real tailfins) to return... but a return to a similar effort of styling would be nice. I'm just not sure there's much that can be done.

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I'll wait for the numbers, but the XTS feels larger inside front to back, width is where it may lose ground. The CTS is amazing in the flesh. I don't see the rear as bland but as a nod to 1967.

Judging by the live pics of the red car @ Jalopnik I agree completely. That rear end is much more detailed and intricate than the Jalop-leaks indicated, I knew it had to be. Bear in mind that the back end of the leaked car was silver, which hides these kinds of things. I'm overall even more impressed with the styling in the live pics. That front end looks like the front end of a transcontinental locomotive compared to the daintier faces of the BMW and Audi and the rear end has much more imagination and detailng than the E-.

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Intrepidation    846

I think they could have done a bit more with the rear end. Specifically the taillights. I liked how the ELR's extended into the quarter panel and formed the car's primary character line.

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With that said I just saw real world photos of a red on on the show floor, and as usual, GM's $h!ty press photos don't do the car justice.

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regfootball    234

I'll wait for the numbers, but the XTS feels larger inside front to back, width is where it may lose ground. The CTS is amazing in the flesh. I don't see the rear as bland but as a nod to 1967.

That's because the XTS has Epsilon's disease (lack of girth).

Should be interesting the girth difference between the narrow ATS and the CTS (semi-platform mates)

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smk4565    323

The CTS's interior dimensions as far as head, shoulder, leg room are with in an inch of the XTS, XTS wins most of the categories. The big difference is the XTS has 5 inches more rear seat leg room, I am surprised it is that much since the CTS has a longer wheelbase.

Overall this new car looks way better than the current, I liked the first CTS, the 2nd gen looked fat and bulky, this one has sleek proportions back. It will be interesting to see how it sells and what happens to XTS sales.

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balthazar    1,882

It will be interesting to see how it sells and what happens to XTS sales.

By your own emphatic definition, it is impossible for the CTS & XTS to appeal to the same consumer, as one is FWD & the other RWD (when either is not AWD).

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Lamar    72

The CTS's interior dimensions as far as head, shoulder, leg room are with in an inch of the XTS, XTS wins most of the categories. The big difference is the XTS has 5 inches more rear seat leg room, I am surprised it is that much since the CTS has a longer wheelbase.

Overall this new car looks way better than the current, I liked the first CTS, the 2nd gen looked fat and bulky, this one has sleek proportions back. It will be interesting to see how it sells and what happens to XTS sales.

For comparison's sake, Infiniti G37 has a longer wheelbase than the Nissan Maxima, but the latter is much roomier inside, especially in the back. Longer RWD wheelbases often show their length in the engine compartment rather than in the cabin (hence, proportionately longer hoods and shorter front overhangs).

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ocnblu    733

It's a great looking machine, with authority that Cadillac should have.

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hyperv6    774

Why are we even speaking of the XTS here? The XTS is here for a reason and to do a job that is different from this car. Same for the coming LTS.

The CTS is a bonified home run and the only negative I expect is that some will complain that there may not be more room in the back seat or some nit pick like this.

The Key here is the weight as they made a slightly larger car and cut weight. Killing weight is something that will add performance in ways a more powerful engine can not and will not do on its own. This bodes well for coming Alpha Products like the Camaro and possible Buick More power adds so much to handling and braking that this car will be shocking in its performance even outside the V series.

Now as long as they address the little details like shifters and have the fixed Cue system this car should be the one to have. I just hope they took to heart the little things that held them up just a bit on the ATS. They nearly got that perfect but just lacked a couple small detail.

By the complaints from the BMW and Benz crowed I suspect they are concerned. You never heard them critic a Cadillac in so much detail and in mostly subjective areas as in the last day.

This car also shows unless Lincoln has something different soon in a platform they will have lost even more ground. I feel they may be left to Buick to thrash out for sales here in America.

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smk4565    323

The best thing is that Cadillac now has a car sized and prices like a 3-series and a car sized and priced like a 5-series, although the CTS is sized more like a Jag XF. They have needed this for years and the CTS trying to split the gap wasn't working.

I don't know if making it bigger was the right move (but maybe it will be) the new CTS is about STS size, and will likely be priced like the STS. The STS-DTS duo didn't work, that is why they are both gone, Cadillac is recreating that in a way here, but this car is executed better than the STS.

Lexus is who needs to worry, that GS is terrible, and the Infiniti M looks like a gawdy Maxima. The Germans will be fine.

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smk4565    323

Here is a Wall Street Journal article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324789504578382260127618472.html?mod=WSJ_hp_EditorsPicks

It is a bit critical but it does point out how Cadillac faces the same problems they did when the 03 CTS came out, this car seems more up to the task of going against the Germans, where the last 2 generations didn't make a dent in their armor, in fact Audi's market share has more than doubled since the 2004.

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