Cadillac CTS enters the 2007 model year as one of the driving forces of the brand’s historic renaissance. The entry-luxury sedan pioneered Cadillac’s renewed emphasis on rear-wheel drive performance and breakthrough design, moves that have driven Cadillac’s return to the top tier of global luxury automobiles.
The 2007 CTS builds on Cadillac’s century-long tradition of technology and design innovation. Built on GM’s acclaimed and Cadillac exclusive luxury rear-wheel drive structure, CTS set the groundwork for the award-winning SRX and standout STS. As a result of its design and performance, CTS has become a long-term sales success for Cadillac, with annual sales increasing through the car’s first four model years in the marketplace, an industry rarity.
For 2007, the CTS adds OnStar’s Connections and Directions to its NavTraffic service. Connections and Directions features access to driving directions, vehicle diagnostics, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle location assistance, concierge services and much more.
CTS was the first vehicle with XM NavTraffic, which provides continuously updated traffic information in a selected city. The system will come standard in cars equipped with the DVD navigation feature.
This technology, offered by XM Satellite Radio, is fully integrated with the vehicle’s on-board GPS navigation system to display current information about traffic incidents and average traffic speed along specific roadways. A driver can enter a destination into the navigation system, and then, aided by a color-coded display, obtain instant traffic data on the preferred route. The driver can:
- See how fast traffic is moving on the route
- See on-screen symbols that identify crashes, construction and road congestion
- Choose an alternate route to avoid traffic incidents and reach the destination faster
XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only) provides more than 120 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original commercial-free music and premier news, sports and talk as well as advanced traffic and weather information for select major metropolitan areas nationwide. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $12.99 a month. In addition, GM customers with GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments.
2.8L V-6 VVT engine
The base CTS powerplant is the advanced 2.8L V-6 VVT engine . It is an all-aluminum, 60-degree dual overhead cam, four-valve-per-cylinder design developing 210 horsepower (156 kW) at 6500 rpm and 194 lb.-ft. (263 Nm) of torque at 3200 rpm. Consistent with the 60-degree V-6 design, the engine employs a wide range of advanced technologies, including fully variable valve timing of the intake and exhaust valves and a dual-stage variable intake manifold to deliver outstanding flexibility, fuel economy and emissions control. The 2.8L V-6 comes mated to a new six-speed manual transmission or the Hydra-Matic 5L40 five-speed automatic transmission. CTS models equipped with the 2.8-liter engine achieve peak EPA fuel economy of 27 mpg.
3 .6L V-6 VVT engine
The 3.6L V-6 VVT debuted in the 2004 CTS as an option. It is an all-aluminum, 60-degree dual overhead cam, four-valves-per-cylinder design. Like the 2.8L V-6, it has fully variable valve timing and a dual-stage variable intake manifold. The 3.6L V-6 develops 255 horsepower (190 kW) at 6200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. (342 Nm) of torque at 3100 rpm.
The CTS offers two transmissions available with either engine choice. The Aisin six-speed manual transmission, introduced in 2005, is fully synchronized (including reverse), with a single overdrive. This allows for lower propshaft speeds and improved noise, vibration and harshness.
The compact, state-of-the-art 5L40 five-speed automatic transmission features a full complement of advanced electronic control capabilities. These include a shift mode button that allows the driver to select between "sport," "winter" and "economy" modes. Another electronic feature also is a first for GM: engine braking in all five gears, giving the automatic the same sporty feel as a downshifting manual.
The thoroughly modern CTS is a contemporary expression of the striking designs that set Cadillac apart throughout its long history. Its lean, chiseled body features sheer forms, sharp edges and crisp intersecting lines.
Conventional Cadillac cues, including the grille and exterior lighting, have been updated for the CTS. Cadillac’s traditional vertical headlamps and taillamps first appeared in 1965, and CTS refines the tradition. CTS’ integrated headlamps convey the high-tech image of optical instruments and high-end camera lenses. Thin and tall, they create more space for the large, louvered grille.
The interior blends luxurious amenities with a modern layout in keeping with CTS’ sport sedan character. It uses warm, rich materials to contrast with a sophisticated, high-tech cockpit appearance, balancing the contemporary feel with touches of traditional luxury. Simulated wooden surfaces are used selectively on the steering wheel, shifter knob and door pulls.
Comprehensive safety and security
CTS has six air bags, including dual-stage frontal air bags for front-seat passengers. Head-curtain side air bags help protect front and outboard rear passengers. It also has Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) halogen headlamps, StabiliTrak and OnStar.
StabiliTrak assists the vehicle in maintaining the driver’s intended path by applying a brake force at any corner of the vehicle independent of the driver’s use of the brake pedal. StabiliTrak uses an accelerator pedal position sensor, a brake master cylinder pressure sensor and a steering wheel angle sensor as inputs to interpret the driver’s desired path and whether to accelerate or decelerate the vehicle. StabiliTrak also uses these sensors plus a lateral accelerometer and yaw rate sensor to determine the vehicle’s actual path.
If the difference between the driver’s desired path and the vehicle’s actual path becomes great enough, StabiliTrak automatically takes appropriate action to assist the driver with maintaining the desired path. If the vehicle begins to “snowplow,” or understeer, StabiliTrak applies the inside rear brake to help turn the vehicle. If the vehicle begins to fishtail, or oversteer, StabiliTrak applies the outside front brake to straighten the vehicle. StabiliTrak is integrated with the traction control and anti-lock braking (ABS) systems.
The luxury car architecture – also the basis for Cadillac’s STS and SRX models – provides CTS with the ride comfort requisite for a Cadillac, along with excellent braking, steering and cornering capability. The fully independent suspension features long wheel travel and precise geometry for flat cornering and well-controlled ride. Optional performance packages are available with either engine choice. The 3.6L Performance Package includes StabiliTrak, more aggressive suspension tuning, automatic rear load leveling shocks, speed-sensitive variable assist steering, 18-inch alloy wheels, W-rated tires, performance brakes, limited slip differential and Xenon HID headlamps.
In keeping with Cadillac’s reputation for technology, all 2007 Cadillac owners will receive 12 months of complimentary access to Cadillac Virtual Advisor by OnStar. Cadillac Virtual Advisor service begins at activation of OnStar Hands-Free Calling. Cadillac Virtual Advisor provides three-day weather forecasts and traffic reports within pre-selected ranges of 5, 10 or 15 miles of the vehicle’s location in most major markets. Cadillac Virtual Advisor also monitors traffic for up to three personalized routes and reports information on up to 10 selected stocks on the DJI and NASDAQ markets – all at the touch of a single button. For more information about OnStar, see the OnStar overview in the Corporate book.