2014 Cadillac CTS Goes on a Diet, Now Comes With MORE POWER
All photos courtesy of General Motors
Cadillac unveiled the 2014 CTS today at the first press day of the New York International Auto Show, and judging by the specs sheet, the new midsize from the General’s luxury division appears to be even more a worthy competitor to the normal German sports sedans than ever before.
We’ve already announced the new CTS will ship with a twin-turbo V6 rated at 430hp and 430 lb-ft of torque; that trim will be called the CTS Vsport (not to be confused with the not-yet-announced, but still probable, CTS-V) and comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a first for General Motors. The car will also ship with the familiar 3.6L V6 in the midrange, now good for 321hp, and a 2.0L turbo-4 from the ATS, which produces 271hp, as the base engine. Although the car grows dimensionally (length increases by 5 inches), weight decreases by about 240lbs on the base model, due to the CTS now riding on the smaller Alpha platform that also underpins the ATS. At 3,616lbs, Cadillac also proudly claims the car is roughly 200lbs lighter than a BMW 528i, the lightest of the major players in this segment. The Magnetic Ride Control suspension setup will also be available on all trim levels of the CTS.
The 2014 CTS also has the looks to back it up, as it continues Cadillac’s “Art and Science” theme that debuted in the first iteration of the CTS. The front end looks like a more aggressive version of that on the ATS, complete with the triangular headlights that taper to a point at the upper end of the fender, all filled with requisite LED lighting. The interior has also received a needed upgrade, and the interior is available with real wood, carbon fiber, and aluminum trim. An eleven-speaker Bose sound system comes standard, as does the CUE infotainment system and hot/cold ventilated front seats.
The CTS is an integral part of Cadillac’s product mix, and the launch of the 2014 model must be successful to make up for 2012’s 14% decrease in CTS sales compared to the year previous. The CTS is the second best-selling car in Cadillac’s stable, less than 2,000 units behind the SRX crossover, although the refreshed model will likely jolt the sedan to the forefront.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS will go on sale sometime this fall; pricing has not yet been released. Additional body styles have not yet been announced; the current CTS and CTS-V are also available as a stylish coupe or wagon.