The midsize sedan gets new, stylish package

Introduced for the 2014 model year, following a significant overhaul inside and out, the third-generation Cadillac CTS has been around long enough to receive GM’s new eight-speed automatic transmission and even a high-performance CTS-V version. But, despite being praised for its driving dynamics and appealing drivetrain options, Caddy’s executive sedan has been a huge disappointment sales wise, with GM selling less than 30,000 units a year in both 2014 and 2015. Cadillac tried to boost sales by slashing the sticker by up to $3,000 in early 2015 and then by introducing new options and packages. For 2016, the CTS gets yet another special bundle, this time called the Black Chrome Package.

As the name suggests, the new option darkens some of the chrome on the outside of the vehicle. It also limits the body colors and drivetrains available, while trying to give the sedan a stealthier appearance.

The CTS Black Chrome Package was launched alongside a similar offering for the smaller ATS, yet another nameplate struggling to find new homes since 2015. For the ATS, the bundle is available for both the Coupe and Sedan.

Will this package boost CTS and ATS sales this year? It’s difficult to tell at this point, but until we find out you can learn more about the Black Chrome option below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Cadillac CTS Black Chrome Package.

What makes the Cadillac CTS Black Chrome Package special

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By selecting the Black Chrome package, customers will get a CTS with a dark front grille and equally dark bumper inserts. The option doesn’t include blackened windscreen and lower side window trim, but it replaces the standard wheels with premium, 18-inch alloys in After Midnight. This color matches that of the front grille, while the multi-spoke design gives the CTS a more upscale appearance. Exterior colors are limited to Black Raven, Phantom Gray Metallic and Crystal White Tricoat. Not too diverse if you ask me, but they all go well with the blackened grille and bumper inserts. While the Black Raven is free of charge, Phantom Gray and Crystal White will set you back $495 and $995, respectively.

Inside, there are several trim choices. The standard model can be had in either Jet Black or Light Platinum with Jet Black, while versions equipped with the Performance Seat & Cluster Package can pick between Jet Black, Jet Black with Morello Red, and Kona Brown with Jet Black.

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Under the hood, the Black Chrome Package can be paired with either the 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet or the 3.6-liter V-6 with 321 horses and 275 pound-feet. The bundle isn’t available for the V-Sport model, which uses the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 with 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of twist. Both the available engines can be had with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

The package is priced according to each trim. For the Luxury model it costs $1,295, while the Performance version requires an extra $1,095, as does the Premium variant. All told, the Black Chrome Package starts from $53,575 versus the $46,555 sticker of a standard, entry-level model.

Cadillac CTS

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The third-generation CTS was unveiled on March 26, 2013, with a redesigned exterior, a revised interior, and new and updated drivetrains. For the first time, the CTS received a four-cylinder engine, the turbocharged 2.0-liter unit from the ATS, and a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 in the V-Sport trim. The sedan was named the 2014 Car of the Year by Motor Trend and won several other honors in its first year on the market. In 2016, a facelift brought a new eight-speed automatic transmission and mild changes inside and out. A CTS-V version with a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque was added in 2015.

Read our full review on the Cadillac CTS here.

Press Release

Cadillac today introduced the Black Chrome Package for Cadillac ATS Sedan and Coupe and Cadillac CTS Sedan. The package further enhances the engaging performance and the striking design of the ATS, a Consumer Guide Best Buy for three years in a row, and the CTS, named one of Car and Driver’s 10Best for three years in a row.

The Black Chrome Package is available now to order at local Cadillac dealerships or through the Build Your Own tool on the Cadillac.com website. For additional information, customers can call Cadillac Customer Experience at 1-800-458-8006.

CADILLAC CTS BLACK CHROME PACKAGE

Unique Content

“After Midnight” premium paint finish 18” alloy wheels
Black Chrome accented grille

Available Model Choices

2.0T & 3.6L Luxury Collection RWD & AWD
2.0T & 3.6L Performance Collection RWD & AWD
2.0T & 3.6L Premium Collection RWD & AWD

Available Interior Choices

Jet Black
Light Platinum/Jet Black

With Performance Seat & Cluster Package

Jet Black
Jet Black/Morello Red
Kona Brown/Jet Black

Package MSRP

Luxury: $1,295
Performance: $1,095
Premium: $1,095

Available Exterior Color Choices

Black Raven: No Charge
Phantom Gray Metallic: $495
Crystal White Tricoat: $995

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