Cadillac CTS Range with Fresh Face and More Power
- Acclaimed CTS range comprises Sport Sedan, Sport Wagon and Coupe
- Distinctive alternative choice in Europe’s premium mid-size segment
- Bold Cadillac design, Nürburgring-tuned chassis, high-end equipment
- More powerful, 237 kW/322 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine
Zurich – The Cadillac CTS range is the core of Cadillac’s European product line-up. Comprising Sport Sedan, Sport Wagon and Coupe bodystyles, it symbolizes Cadillac’s resurgence as a global premium brand.
The line-up offers a distinctive, alternative choice in the premium, mid-size segment, combining sharp, signature Cadillac design, sophisticated technology, a rear-wheel drive chassis honed on the Nürburgring and high-end equipment as standard. All wheel drive is also available throughout the range.
New for Model Year 2012 is an improved and lightened 3.6-liter V6 engine, delivering almost four percent more horsepower (237 kW/322 hp) without any increase in fuel consumption. The latest range is also distinguished by a new frame and mesh grille design with a more prominent Wreath & Crest badge.
Two CTS specifications are offered: Elegance, with a 203 kW/276 hp 3.0-liter V6 engine, and Sport Luxury, with the new 3.6-liter engine and the option of all wheel drive. The CTS Coupe is available exclusively in Sport Luxury specification.
The ultimate, high performance expression of the CTS range is the awesome V‑Series. Powered by a supercharged, 415 kW/564 hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine, it includes the coupe as well as the fastest sedan and wagon in series production. (For further information, see separate release: Cadillac CTS V-Series: World’s Fastest Family of Cars.)
Bold, expressive design language
The CTS range exemplifies Cadillac’s exciting ‘Art and Science’ design language. Crisp, ‘edgy’ exterior styling and sculpted wheel-arches are combined with signature ‘stacked’ headlamp housings, a dihedral-shaped hood and vertical rear light zones.
A ‘V’ center crease in the front and rear styling is another recurring signature theme common to all three variants.
With dramatic, wedge-like proportions, the CTS Coupe is a bold extension of the range. It simply oozes style and excitement. Whilst it shares the same wheelbase as its sedan and wagon stable-mates, the Coupe is 41 mm wider and, compared to the sedan, its overall height and length are both reduced by 51 mm. The rake of the windshield is increased to 62.3 degrees and the rear screen is almost horizontal. Its dynamic 2+2 shape is also underlined by rear bodywork which is flared to accommodate a 25 mm increase in the rear track.
Touch-pad door opening removes the need for conventional door handles and contributes further to the Coupe’s clean exterior execution. Signature twin exhausts are centered within the rear bumper molding.
The Sport Wagon adds five-door functionality whilst retaining the CTS’s dynamic, visual appeal. It features a ‘hidden’ roof rail system which eliminates any protrusion above the roof line. Small, integrated ‘fins’ run longitudinally down either side of the roof to allow the unobtrusive placement of the removable cross bars.
The spacious cargo deck, accessed by a powered tailgate with a programmable opening height, offers a flexible load carrying capacity with a flexible cargo capacity (up to 1484 liters) which is almost four times that of its sedan stable-mate. The cargo area also features an integrated cargo management system that stows neatly under the floor when not in use.
Polished, aluminum 18-inch wheels come with CTS Elegance specification, while 19-inch wheels are fitted to all Sport Luxury models, except those with all wheel drive which revert to 18-inch wheels.
Refined and luxurious cabin
The CTS cabin fuses craftsmanship with technical precision to create a luxurious, premium class interior. The leather seats are finished with French stitching and genuine hand stitching around the instrument panel, center console and door trim panels adds to the high quality presentation.
A satin metallic finish is applied an integrated center stack which accommodates a pop-up navigation touch-screen. Full color instrumentation provides comprehensive driving data, while background lighting with LED spots and light tubes contributes to the cabin’s calming ambience.
Real sapele wood trim is offered as an option for the instrument panel, center console, doors and steering wheel.
Extensive standard equipment for Elegance variants includes:
- Powered front seats, eight-way adjustment, powered lumber support, driver memory
- Driver personalization settings, including powered pedal adjustment
- Dual zone climate control
- Infotainment with 40 GB HDD, Navigation and Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround™ audio
- Rear-view camera system
- Ultrasonic rear parking assistance
- Adaptive Forward Lighting with steering-linked Xenon headlamps
Sport Luxury specification adds:
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Powered steering wheel adjustment
- Keyless access with passive entry and remote starting
Efficient power and Nürburgring-tuned handling
Both the all-aluminum, 3.0 and 3.6-liter V6 engines are fitted with four overhead camshafts operating four valves per cylinder. Direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing optimize power and fuel efficiency while reducing emissions.
Delivering 203 kW/276 hp at 7,000 rpm and ample torque of 302 Nm at 5,700 rpm, the 3.0-liter engine propels the Sport Sedan from zero to 100 km/h in just 8.0 seconds (8.2 seconds for the Sport Wagon).
The performance stakes are raised with the 3.6-liter engine, now developing 237 kW/322 hp at 6,800 rpm and maximum torque of 373 Nm at 4,900 rpm. A series of measures – including a new cylinder head design, larger intake valves, longer duration intake camshafts, a composite intake manifold and lighter but stronger connecting rods – have increased its efficiency. The result is almost four percent more horsepower, without any increase in fuel consumption, and a 9.3 kilo reduction in weight.
For all bodystyles, this top-of-the-line power plant enables zero to 100 km/h acceleration in just 6.3 seconds and a top speed is 241 km/h.
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which includes a Sport mode and optional steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual shifting (standard with the Coupe, which is also unique in offering a six-speed manual gearbox option). For the 3.6-liter engine, a limited-slip differential is fitted at the rear axle to optimize grip.
All wheel drive is also available with the 3.6-liter motor. This active system operates seamlessly to improve handling, stability and traction in all road conditions. On dry roads, it can distribute up to 25 percent of drive torque to the front wheels and, in wet, icy or snowy conditions, the advanced control system can optimize traction by sending up to 100 percent of available torque to the front axle.
Like other Cadillacs sold in Europe, the chassis dynamics and powertrain calibrations of the CTS range have been tested and honed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the world’s most challenging race circuit.
Tire contact with the road is optimized by the use of unequal length, double wishbone front suspension. The multi-link, independent rear suspension is mounted on an isolated sub-frame for exemplary ride refinement. Ventilated discs are fitted both front and rear to ensure strong braking performance, and speed-sensitive ZF power steering provides excellent driver feedback.
Cadillac’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, including rollover mitigation, and a full complement of occupant protection measures are fitted as standard. These include a dual-depth front passenger airbag and roof-rail side curtain airbags linked to rollover protection technology pioneered by Cadillac.
The CTS range also features a Pedestrian Protection system. When sensing a front bumper collision with a pedestrian, the vehicle’s hood is immediately raised to create additional clearance above the engine compartment in order to protect the pedestrian's head. The system is designed to sense and discriminate collisions with a pedestrian at vehicle speeds ranging from 27 km/h to 45 km/h.