2014 Cadillac CTS
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: October 2013
Expected Pricing: Low $40,000s
After a decade in production, an all-new, third-generation Cadillac CTS sedan debuted just ahead of the New York International Auto Show, boasting bigger proportions, a refined design and less heft.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS is expected to arrive in dealerships in October 2013.
At five inches longer, the 2014 CTS now sits smack-dab in the center of the midsize luxury segment. Earlier generations of the CTS straddled the line between compact and midsize, but with the introduction of Cadillac's compact ATS last year, the CTS grows in size and moves squarely into competition with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS boasts an all-new design that bears a family resemblance to the ATS and full-size XTS sedan. While still based on Cadillac's Art & Science design language, the once-radical styling of the CTS has been softened, while keeping Cadillac's signature vertical lines and angular creases. The grille is wider, with a vertical stripe of LED lights that run the length of the wraparound headlights and continuing down into the fog lamp housing.
As significant as the new body style is what lies under the hood: a new twin-turbo direct-injection V6 on a line-topping Vsport model that's good for 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which is available as low as 2500 rpm. It's paired to an all-new 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters for a broader power band and increased fuel economy. GM estimates the CTS Vsport will dash from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Preliminary manufacturer fuel economy estimates for the V-Sport are 17/25 mpg city/highway.
Two other powertrain options will carry over from the previous CTS: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 good for 272 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, and a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 rated at 321 hp and 275 lb.-ft. Both will continue to use GM's 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
Based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the compact ATS, the new CTS employs many of the same weight saving technologies as its little sister, like extensive use of aluminum in the chassis and body. The result is the lightest CTS to date; Cadillac says the base model has a curb weight of 3,616 pounds, nearly 200 pounds lighter than the BMW 528i. Use of lighter materials in the back, combined with a heavier rear steel suspension, help the CTS to achieve a near-50/50 weight distribution.
For the first time, GM's magnetic ride control suspension system will be optional on all CTS models, even the base. Other features include new 20-way adjustable front seat with heat and ventilation, an electronically locking glove compartment, a motorized cup holder lid in the center console, and a standard 11-speaker Bose sound system. An adaptive remote start feature will allow drivers to start the car and activate the climate control system from outside the vehicle. The CTS will also come equipped with Cadillac's polarizing CUE infotainment touchscreen interface with voice recognition.
The 2014 CTS will be the first Cadillac to use Automatic Parking Assist, GM's automated parallel parking system. New safety features include automatic safety belt tightening, which continuously adjusts the seat belt during driving. A plethora of electronic safety systems currently found on the ATS and XTS will also be optional on the CTS, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert and panic brake assist.
No official word yet on pricing for the 2014 Cadillac CTS. We hear it will be a significant bump up from the previous-generation 2013 CTS models, which range from $39,990 to $49,185, with the CTS-V retailing for $64,515. The XTS has a starting price of $44,075. We're guessing the new CTS will start above $40,000.