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2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan


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The Cadillac CTS was not the best-received model that the luxury automaker released when it debuted back in 2008. Despite its lukewarm reception, it has grown on buyers and has really blossomed into quite the staple in Caddy’s lineup. Now, at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Cadillac has unveiled the third-generation CTS Sedan , but no coupe model yet.

Unfortunately for Cadillac , the images had leaked several days before the model actually debuted, so we already knew what it would look like. However, there are still plenty of details left unknown. For example, we have no clue what model will receive that sexy, sexy twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. We also have no clue what features the new CTS will include.

Well, all of the mysteries can be laid to rest today, as Cadillac has officially released all of the information on the upcoming CTS.

Updated 06/13/2013: Cadillac announced today prices for the 2014 CTS sedan that will arrive in dealerships this fall. Click past the jump to find out how much you have to pay for the new CTS.

Updated 8/27/2013: GM took the CTS Vsport to the Nurburgring and laid down a healthy 8:14.10. You can read more about the run and see two videos of the run after the jump.

Updated 9/27/2013: Cadillac has unveiled the configurator for the 2014 CTS. The models starts off at $45,100 and caps off with a fully loaded CTS Vsport model at $72,300. Check out the configurator for yourself here.

Click past the jump to read all of the information on the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Exterior

Cadillac CTS Sedan
Cadillac CTS Sedan
Cadillac CTS Sedan

It is official, the images that leaked all over the Internet were 100-percent real. The 2014 Cadillac CTS uses the same high-performance architecture as the ATS, giving it amazing performance credentials. Overall, the CTS has grown 5 inches in length and features a wheelbase that is 1.2 inches longer than the second-generation CTS. Despite being longer, the CTS is slightly lighter than the second generation and nearly 200 pounds lighter than the BMW 528i. The weight loss is all thanks to aluminum door structures – a first for Cadillac.

The CTS is long, lean and sexy, thanks to its aforementioned stretched body and a 1-inch-lower roofline and windshield cowl. You also get a wider grille to help give the CTS a more aggressive yet luxurious, look. The new headlights add to the sleek look and follow the pronounced fender line with perfection. LED strips outline the outer edge of each taillight and run down the side of the front skirt, giving the CTS a futuristic look.

Above, you can see the images of the three variants: 2.0T (top-left), 3.6 (top-right) and Vsport (bottom). It’s clear that there will not be too much separating the models, as the only details that really stand out are the LED surrounds on the 3.6 and Vsport models, and the sportier rims on the Vsport.

Cadillac CTS Sedan

Around the backside, you get a set of sleek taillights that swoop along with the rear quarter panel’s bodyline, making the headlights and taillights almost seem connected in a way. Additionally, the rear skirt includes a diffusor with dual-exhaust tips integrated into it.

If you opt for the CTS Vsport model – the obvious replacement for the CTS-V – you get a set of 18-inch rims wrapped up in Pirelli tires.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm)114.6 / 2911
Length (in / mm)195.5 / 4966
Height (in / mm)57.2 / 1454
Width (in / mm)72.2 / 1833
Base curb weight (lb / kg)3616 / 1640
Weight distribution (% front / rear)50.3 / 48.7

Interior

Cadillac CTS Sedan

On the inside, Cadillac expanded the interior, making it roomier for all occupants. Additionally, you get a more driver-centric setup, as Cadillac shifted nearly every button and knob nearer to the driver. You can see from the images of the interior that super-luxurious leather, including semi-aniline leather seating with hand-sewn executions, is an available option. Also available are three different trimmings: wood, carbon fiber or aluminum.

Tying the interior and exterior together is the raked-back style instrument panel that mimics the exterior’s sleekness.

The 2014 CTS sedan includes Cadillac’s CUE system that allows you to pair a smartphone or tablet to the luxury sedan to access information and entertainment data. CUE includes an 8-inch screen that allows you to make selections via swipe and drag functions. Also standard with Cue is Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, USB and SD card ports, 20-way power front seats, motorized scup holder lid, heated and ventilated front seats and steering wheel, electronically locking glove box, electronic parking brake, adaptive remote start and am 11-speaker Bose audio system..

You can also opt for a 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD instrument panel cluster. This system offers up four layouts that range from normal to performance. Also available is a full-color heads-up display and a 13-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system.

Standard Interior Features

  • CUE
  • 20-way adjustable front seats
  • Motorized cup holder lid in the center console
  • Heated and cooled (ventilated) front seats and heated steering wheel
  • Electronically locking glove box
  • Electronic park brake
  • Adaptive remote start feature that also activates the climate control system
  • Standard Bose eleven-speaker sound system

Optional Interior Features

  • 13-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system
  • 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD instrument cluster

Interior Dimensions

Front Legroom (in / mm)42.6 / 1081
Rear Legroom (in / mm)35.4 / 899
Front Headroom (in / mm)39.2 / 995
Rear Headroom (in / mm)37.5 / 952
Front Shoulder room (in / mm)56.9 / 1446
Rear Shoulder room (in / mm)54.8 / 1392
Front Hip room (in / mm)53.8 / 1366
Rear Headroom (in / mm)53.3 / 1353
Seating capacity (front / rear)2 / 3
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L)97 / 2746
EPA trunk volume (cu ft / L)13.7 / 388

Engine and Drivetrain

Cadillac CTS Sedan

Under the hood is where we really get excited, but we are going to start you off slowly here. The smallest engine in the CTS lineup is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This compact powerplant pumps out a stout 272 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm. This engine performs rather well in the CTS, as it can sprint the sedan to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

The next step is the same 3.6-liter V-6 that has been a part of the second-generation CTS. This engine comes to the plate bearing 321 horsepower at 6,800 rom and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. We assume that this will be the base engine, but the 2.0-liter could end up being the base engine – it all depends on its build cost.

The top-line 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport will come with an all-new 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, giving it a massive 118 horsepower per liter. This output makes it the most powerful six-cylinder engine ever offered in the midsize luxury segment.

The 3.6-liter twin-boosted engine is equipped with a pair of smaller turbochargers and an efficient intercooler. This powerful six-pot sprints the car from to 60 mph i just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 170 mph.

The 2014 CTS will also include a new high-performance, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that helps improve fuel efficiency by about 1.5 percent.

The CTS Sedan Luxury, Performance and Premium will all have the option of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. The CTS Vsport, on the other hand, will only be available in rear-wheel drive. These three models also are available with either the 3.6-liter or 2.0-liter engine, but Cadillac has not specified which one is standard. Fior now, we can only assume that the 2.0-liter engine is the standard powerplant.

Driveline Specifications

2.0L Turbo DI VVT
Displacement (cu in / cc):122 / 1998217 / 3564217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm):3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 863.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.63.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material:cast aluminumcast aluminumcast aluminum
Cylinder head material:cast aluminumcast aluminumcast aluminum
Valvetrain:DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timingDOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timingDOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery:direct high-pressure fuel injectiondirect high-pressure fuel injectiondirect high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio:9.5:111.5:110.2:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):272 / 203 @ 5500 (est.)321 / 239 @ 6800 (gas)420 / 313 @ 5750 (SAE-certified)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):295 / 400 @ 1700-5500 (est.)275 / 373 @ 4800* (gas)430 / 583 @ 3500-4500 (SAE-certified)
Recommended fuel:premium recommended but not requiredregular unleaded or E85premium required
Maximum engine speed (rpm):700072006500
GM-estimated economy (city / hwy):19 / 30 RWD
18 / 28 AWD
19 / 28 RWD
18 / 27 AWD
17 / 25

Suspension and Braking

Cadillac CTS Sedan

The CTS’ suspension system is far more advanced than we had expected. The main goal of GM engineers was to keep the suspension’s weight as low as possible via the use of aluminum on the front and steel ion the rear.

Up front, the CTS receives a multi-link MacPherson Strut system that has a double-pivot design. Out back, the CTS has a five-link independent setup. A ZF Steering Systems-built electric, variable-assist steering gear helps keep the luxury sedan as agile as possible. A set of 17-inch rims are standard, while 18- and 19-inch rims are available as options. Also optional on the CTS is a Magnetic Ride Control with real-time damping system and all-wheel drive.

If you opt for the CTS Vsport, you get 18 inch wheels with sticky high-performance Pirelli tires, quick-ratio steering, Brembo disc brakes with aluminum calipers, “Track Mode” with steering rate and Magnetic Ride Control calibrations and an electronic limited-slip differential

Brake Specifications

TypeFour-wheel disc with sliding calipers on base; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP; Brembo brakes with fixed calipers on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections
Standard Front Rotor type and thickness (in / mm)12.6 / 321 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum dual-piston calipers
Standard Rear Rotor type and thickness (in / mm)12.4 / 315 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum single-piston calipers
Uplevel Front Rotor type and thickness (in / mm )13.6 / 345 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum dual-piston calipers
Uplevel Rear Rotor type and thickness (in / mm )12.4 / 315 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum single-piston calipers

Safety Features

The CTS will feature 10 airbags standard, Ultrasonic rear park assist and OnStar to help keep you safe. There is also a slew of optional safety features that you can add on, including: Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control, Panic Brake Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Collision Preparation (with brake prefill), Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Vision Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines, Adaptive Forward Lighting, Active pedestrian protection system (where required). Also available for the first time on a Cadillac is automatic seatbelt tightening to ensure optimal safety and comfort at all times.

Price and Availability

Cadillac CTS Sedan

The 2014 CTS will be priced from $46,025, including $925 destination. The CTS Vsport model starts at $59,995, including $925 destination.

Pricing Details:

Model MSRP RWD MSRP AWD
CTS Sedan 2.0T Standard$46,025$48,025
CTS Sedan 2.0T Luxury$51,925$53,925
CTS Sedan 2.0T Performance$58,325$60,325
CTS Sedan 2.0T Premium$62,725$64,725
CTS Sedan 3.6 Luxury$54,625$56,625
CTS Sedan 3.6 Performance$61,025$63,025
CTS Sedan 3.6 Premium$65,425$67,425
CTS Sedan Vsport$59,995N/A
CTS Sedan Vsport Premium$69,995N/A

Production will begin in the fall of 2013 in Lancing, Michigan.

Driving Impressions

The CTS has yet to undergo testing by independent outlets, but GM did take the CTS Vsport model to Nurburgring and let it lap the legendary track at full tilt. It ran an amazing 8:14.10 around the `Ring, which is 6 seconds faster than the first-gen CTS-V. That time nestles it right between the BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé time of 8:14 in 2008 and the 8:15 run by the BMW 1 Series M Coupe in 2011 — pretty good company to keep, in our opinion.

You can see one video of this run above and one below.

Competitors

2014 BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series

In 2014, BMW is releasing an LCI (mid-generation update) version of the 5-Series, and we have seen many leaked images and heard many rumors. Rumors are pointing toward the 535i dropping the N5 engine in favor of a peppier six-cylinder. Other than that information, we have little more to pass on. According to the leaked images we have seen, the CTS certainly crushes the 5-Series in looks. Plus, it’ll likely be a good bit cheaper.

2014 Audi A6

Audi A6

We don’t expect any updates for the 2014 Audi A6, so look for it to feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant with 211 horsepower as its base engine and a 310-horsepower 3.0-liter as an option. The 2.0T model hits 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and the 3.0T hits 60 mph in only 5.2 seconds. We expect the A6 to be just as luxurious as the CTS and likely in the same price range. This may change if Audi decides to shock us with a revision to the existing model.

Conclusion

Cadillac CTS Sedan

The CTS is a stunning car that has massive performance credentials. It kind of stinks that it looks like the V-8 engine is no longer an option, but we’re sure that 420-horsepower V-6 engine is more than competent. You never know, Cadillac may decide to unveil the CTS-V in the future. Overall, we love this car!

LOVE IT
  • Stunning new body
  • Massively powerful V-6 engine
  • Sport-tuned Vsport model
LEAVE IT
  • No CTS-V
  • Lacking a V-8 option
  • Could end up being super expensive

Press Release

2014 Cadillac CTS Elevates to Challenge World’s Best

  • Longer, lower and leaner sedan drives into heart of midsize luxury segment
  • Lightweight technologies, including aluminum door structures, contribute to lower curb weight and nearly 50/50 weight balance
  • New Vsport model offers new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6 and brand’s first eight-speed automatic transmission
Cadillac CTS Sedan

NEW YORK – Cadillac today introduced the all-new 2014 CTS sedan, which ascends into the heart of the midsize luxury market with expanded performance, elevated luxury and sophisticated technology.

The third-generation CTS sedan is based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the award-winning ATS sport sedan, moving Cadillac into the prestigious class of midsize luxury sedans. It will be the segment’s lightest car, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class. A range of power-dense powertrains underpin its performance, including the all-new Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Production of the 2014 CTS begins this fall in Lansing, Mich.

“The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan delivers crafted design, thrilling performance and sophisticated technology,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president, Global Cadillac. “The car that has always been Cadillac’s centerpiece stretches figuratively and literally to challenge the world’s best.”

A longer, lower and more athletic-looking proportion is introduced on Cadillac’s landmark sedan and evolves the brand’s Art & Science design philosophy. While growing five inches (127 mm) in length, including a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, the roofline and cowl – the base of the windshield – are about an inch lower, dimensions that complement the longer exterior to accentuate the car’s lean aesthetic.

“With Cadillac growing globally, driven by rising product credibility, the new CTS elevates the brand to a new level,” said Ferguson.

While stretched in overall length and wheelbase, the all-new CTS sedan has a lower curb weight than the preceding model and weighs about 200 pounds (90 kg) less than the BMW 528i. Lightweight features, including Cadillac’s first aluminum door structures, contribute to the lower weight and a nearly 50/50 weight balance. And for the first time on CTS, Magnetic Ride Control, Cadillac’s real-time damping system, is available on base models.

Cadillac’s shield grille and signature vertical lighting elements – including LED front signature lighting detail – evolve on the CTS. The grille is wider, with a more detailed texture, while the headlamps flow up with the hood line, incorporating crystalline LED light guides for a technologically advanced appearance with more uniform illumination.

Active grille shutters are included on some models, improving aerodynamic performance on the highway to enhance fuel efficiency.

Inside, a roomier, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology and hand-crafted appointments complements the exterior elements and supports the CTS sedan’s driving experience. Eight available interior environments are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline leather, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions.

CTS Performance

The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission combination leads the CTS sedan’s powertrain lineup in the new CTS Vsport. It is the first twin-turbocharged engine ever offered by Cadillac and is the brand’s first eight-speed automatic.

The CTS Vsport also features:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli summer-only performance tires (19-inch wheels with all-season tires are available)
  • A quicker steering ratio
  • Brembo disc brakes with aluminum calipers and high-performance brake pads,
  • Heavy-duty track cooling package
  • Driver-selectable track mode with specific steering rate and Magnetic Ride Control calibrations for greater track performance
  • Electronic limited-slip differential that enhances capability on the track – including optimal acceleration out of turns.
Cadillac CTS Sedan
Cadillac CTS Sedan

The Cadillac Twin-Turbo is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 430 lb.-ft. of torque (583 Nm), making it the most power-dense six-cylinder engine in the segment. A pair of smaller turbochargers helps provide more immediate power on demand, with approximately 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,500rpm to 5,500 rpm. That gives the engine a broad torque curve that customers will feel as strong, willing power in almost all driving conditions – and helps the CTS sedan reach 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds.

The 2014 CTS is also available with a naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6 rated at an estimated 321 horsepower and also matched with the new paddle-shift eight-speed automatic in rear-wheel-drive models (or six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive; and a 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at an estimated 272 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic.

Cadillac’s new, paddle-shift eight-speed offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission, including 1.5-percent greater fuel economy.

Excellent power-to-weight ratios and racetrack-honed suspension geometries established with the development of the ATS enabled engineers to advance CTS’s performance with greater feelings of feedback, control and response. The comparatively low curb weight helps make the most of the driving experience by allowing the use of lighter-weight chassis components, which reduces unsprung weight to enable more precise handling without compromising ride quality.

The CTS sedan’s low mass and optimal brake sizes are expected to give it braking performance that is among the best in the segment, with standard Brembo brakes.

Suspension and driver control highlights also include:

  • Multi-link MacPherson strut suspension with a double-pivot design
  • Five-link independent rear suspension
  • Available all-wheel-drive
  • Premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system
  • Choice of 17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
  • A number of aluminum components are used with the suspension system, while the rear suspension is mostly steel. That helps offset the weight of the engine and transmission at the front of the vehicle, helping the CTS deliver its near-perfect weight balance and contributing to less noise and vibration.

CTS technology and safety

Cadillac CTS Sedan

The CTS sedan seamlessly blends comfort, convenience and safety technologies with the interior’s hand-crafted appointments and flowing design. Active safety features provide alerts and intervene when necessary to help avoid crashes.

At the core of the car’s intuitive technologies is CUE, Cadillac’s infotainment system that uses smartphone- and tablet-influenced controls and commands to access information and entertainment data. An eight-inch, high-resolution color touch screen with haptic feedback allows users to swipe and drag preferences. Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition is standard with CUE, along with USB and SD card ports.

An available 12.3-inch high-resolution, configurable LCD instrument cluster display complements the CUE display and supports the active safety features. It offers drivers four layouts – from basic to performance-oriented – each delivering bold, crisp graphics tailored to the level of vehicle information desired. A full-color, configurable head-up display is also available.

CTS technologies also include:

  • Cadillac’s first 20-way adjustable front seats
  • Motorized cup holder lid in the center console
  • Heated and cooled (ventilated) front seats and heated steering wheel
  • Electronically locking glove box
  • Electronic park brake
  • Adaptive remote start feature that also activates the climate control system
  • Standard Bose eleven-speaker sound system and available Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 13 speakers.

The new CTS sedan is the first Cadillac to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to park itself in parallel spaces. It uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car into the space, with the driver only required to engage reverse and apply the accelerator and brake pedals. Ultrasonic rear park assist is standard.

Ultrasonic sensors, as well as radar and cameras, support the CTS’s advanced safety features to help prevent crashes. Among the most sophisticated is Fr ont and Rear Automatic Braking , which relies on short-range radar technology and ultrasonic sensors to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary.

A Driver Awareness Package includes Cadillac’s patented Safety Alert Seat technology. It uses vibrating pulses in the driver’s seat to alert the driver to an imminent collision or to vehicles in the car’s blind spot. The seat vibrates on the left or right side, or both sides simultaneously, depending on the direction of the risk.

GM’s first application of automatic safety belt tightening is offered in the new CTS. It automatically takes slack out of the safety belts when buckled and offers real-time, active adjustments during driving to ensure optimal tension and comfort. Additional available safety features include:

  • Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Panic Brake Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Automatic Collision Preparation (with brake prefill)
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines
  • Adaptive Forward Lighting
  • Active pedestrian protection system (in global regions where required).

The new CTS sedan also features 10 standard air bags, including front-passenger dual-stage low-risk deployment, which makes the most of the air bag trajectory and inflation rate based on the occupant’s size, position and severity of the crash.

Additionally, OnStar is standard for one year. It can use GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of a crash. OnStar service also includes myCadillac and OnStar myCadillac mobile apps, whichoffer vehicle information, controls and OnStar services via the customer’s iPhone or Android smart phone.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.



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