2013 New York Auto Show: 2014 Cadillac CTS
2013 New York Auto Show
What Is It?
2014 Cadillac CTS
What's Special About It?
Cadillac always knew the previous two generations of its CTS midsize luxury sedan effectively weren't really sized large enough to be perceived as properly substantial enough to compete with the dominating class-defining BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. In one swoop with the 2014 Cadillac CTS, GM's luxury division conquers two of its major competitive bugaboos: the size of the CTS and the general notion that all GM cars weigh too much.
The big takeaway for the 2014 Cadillac CTS is that it's now enlarged to properly take on the segment's big dogs, yet it's going to be significantly lighter than the 5 Series from longstanding mass benchmark BMW. Some credit comes from ditching the former CTS's Sigma rear-wheel-drive platform to piggyback on the new architecture developed for the recently launched rear-drive 2013 Cadillac ATS compact sedan.
At the New York auto show, the 5 inches of added length and 1.2 inches of newfound wheelbase are immediately apparent, as the 2014 CTS looks just plain larger and markedly more substantial. Adding to the impression of heft is a 1-inch-lower roof line. The CTS suddenly looks as if it's punching in the same division as the 5 Series, E-Class and Audi A6.
Yet Cadillac promises the 2014 CTS, when fitted with the new-to-the-nameplate turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is "about 200 pounds" lighter than an equivalent BMW 528i. OK, the 5 Series is more advanced into its lifecycle and the next generation is certain to now possess weight-saving measures of its own, but the 2014 CTS's significant mass reduction could be an important start on GM's stated plan to cut weight from all its vehicles. The base curb weight of 3,616 pounds for the new CTS is comfortably lighter than the 3,860 pounds for the lightest version of the 2013 CTS.
Front styling is an evolution of the CTS's signature look, but the grille now is wider and the headlights, with LED detailing, flow into the hood line. There's noticeably more heft at the rear, where a strong shoulder line becomes prominent past the C-pillar.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS will have eight unique interior styling "environments" featuring genuine wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. There will be the now-common arsenal of infotainment and electronic safety features, including a massive 12.3-inch configurable LCD display for the gauge cluster, Cadillac's CUE infotainment interface and Cadillac's first automated parking assist functionality.
The brand's powertrain statement for the 2014 CTS is an all-new, twin-turbocharged version of GM's 3.6-liter V6 for a bespoke trim called Vsport. The engine generates 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. New to the CTS is the 2.0-liter turbocharged base engine, which makes 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; it will be the car's fuel economy leader with a rating of 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for rear-drive models. In the middle of the lineup is the 3.6-liter V6 making 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.
All-wheel drive will be available for any CTS with the 2.0-liter and normally aspirated 3.6-liter engines, with the twin-turbo Vsport being rear-drive only.
GM's first eight-speed automatic transmission (quietly supplied by Japan's Aisin AW as GM awaits completion of its in-house eight-speeder) is standard for rear-drive V6 models, while a six-speed automatic comes with the four-cylinder turbo engine or the AWD 3.6-liter. Either tranny gets paddle-shift functionality.
Cadillac said the 2014 CTS goes on sale this fall.
What Edmunds Says:
No longer a 'tweener, the 2014 Cadillac CTS might finally have visual and technical ammunition to genuinely take on the German competition.
Base Price: TBA
Engine: 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 420 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm, 430 pound-feet @ 3,500 rpm
Fuel Mileage: 17 city/25 highway mpg (est.)
Length: 195.5 inches
Wheelbase: 114.6 inches
Width: 72.2 inches
Height: 57.2 inches