Cadillac revealed the 2014 CTS at the New York Auto Show today. The event, complete with artistic videos, was accompanied by string instruments and a xylophone in the background. Highlighted in the presentation were some of the previously leaked photos and unseen animation of the car.
The CTS will be powered by three engines. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, initially introduced in the smaller ATS, makes 272 h.p. at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 1,700 rpm, and will probably be the most fuel efficient of the group. Next, is the 3.6-liter V6 that is rated at 321 h.p. at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft torque at 4,800 rpm. This engine is the current top-level option for the 2013 model. Finally, a new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 will surmount the lineup, making 420 h.p. at 5,750 rpm and 430 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. Cadillac predicts fuel mileage for the new engine will be 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
Unfortunately, there was no mention as to whether or not a 6-speed manual will be available, at the least for the 2.0L turbo, similar to the ATS. Cadillac has officially announced, however, that the intercooled twin-turbo will be mated to a new 8-speed transmission. The standard V6 will use the 8-speed, as well, and the 4-cylinder will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All models of the automatic CTS will come with paddle shifters, and rear or all-wheel drive will be available.
Outside, the 2014 CTS maintains many traits from the smaller ATS, just in a traditionally more muscular way for which the CTS has become known. Light piping is used in lieu of fog lamps, and the car’s profile takes on a much more stately curvature. The light piping continues around back, flanking an integrated rear spoiler and third brake light combination. The dual exhaust exits from the traditional rear corners, unlike the ATS’ center-biased location, and is finished with integrated trapezoidal finishers, similar to the XTS.
Inside, the new CTS takes more cues from its smaller sibling, the ATS. Cadillac’s proprietary infotainment unit, CUE (Cadillac User Experience), will finally be introduced in the model, along with luxurious appointments, such as wood and leather surfaces. Chrome, a Cadillac staple from the last generation, is surprisingly minimized inside the cabin.
With 5 inches added to the length of the 2014 CTS, legroom should increase (front, rear, both?) in comparison to the 2013 model and the CTS officially joins ranks, door handle to door handle, with BMW’s 5-series and Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class. Despite the extra length, the new CTS is 250 lbs. lighter than the outgoing model.
There has been no mention of whether or not a coupe or wagon version of the 2014 CTS will become available. Odds are that the coupe will make the lineup one day, with Cadillac’s new-found direct competition having 2-door versions of their cars. The European makes have wagons, as well, but they adore a 3-door/5-door configuration way more than many of us do here in the States.
Obviously, we must wait for information on the top o’ the line V-Series models. As an olive branch, however, Cadillac will offer a V-sport model, similar to Audi’s S-line or Mercedes’ AMG aesthetic packages. Cadillac’s version will offer many of the components that the V-Series currently offers (Recaro seats, suede steering wheel, larger wheel/tire setup?), minus the engine. But with a 420 h.p., twin-turbocharged V6, who needs the CTS-V? Well, I guess it’s easy to say that now. That is, until the new CTS-V is officially introduced.
Pricing has not been announced, as of yet, but AutoAcademics predicts it will be in the low $40k to $60k range.
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