2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan grows larger, to better compete with the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
- The 2014 CTS gets a twin-turbo Vsport edition with a new eight-speed transmission.
- The new CTS debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
NEW YORK — The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is growing larger, to better compete with the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The new CTS, which debuts this week at the 2013 New York Auto Show, also adds a twin-turbo Vsport edition with a new eight-speed transmission.
The third-generation CTS, which goes into production this fall, moves slightly upmarket, according to Cadillac. It is being resized, growing 5 inches in length, to better slot between the Cadillac ATS sedan and the top-of-the-line XTS sedan.
The 2014 CTS gets new sheet metal, but the exterior design is not a radical departure from the current generation. The base car, which gets a smaller engine, also has shed 244 pounds, despite its additional length.
Pricing won't be announced until closer to the on-sale date.
Cadillac hopes the latest iteration of the CTS, which shares its underpinnings with the smaller ATS, will help the brand be more competitive in global markets, especially China.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS will offer a choice of powertrain teams, including a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic and a 321-hp 3.6-liter V6 coupled with an eight-speed automatic on rear-wheel-drive models and a six-speed automatic on all-wheel-drive models. Torque on the 2.0-liter is 295 pound-feet; on the 3.6 it is 275 lb-ft.
The new Cadillac CTS Vsport is the most potent version. It features a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 rated at 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. The Vsport marks two firsts for Cadillac, including the company's first twin-turbocharged engine and its first eight-speed automatic transmission. The combination provides estimated EPA fuel economy of 17 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway.
In comparison, the 2013 CTS V-Series is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 556 hp and 551 lb-ft.
Estimated fuel economy on the 2014 CTS with the turbo 2.0-liter is 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for rear-wheel drive and 18/28 for all-wheel drive. Estimated fuel economy on the normally aspirated 3.6-liter is 19/28 for rear-wheel drive and 18/27 for all-wheel drive.
The turbo 2.0-liter replaces the normally aspirated 3.0-liter V6 in the 2013 CTS.
Among the features on the 2014 CTS are Cadillac's first 20-way-adjustable front seats and standard Bose 11-speaker audio system. It is also the first Cadillac to offer automatic parking assist.
Edmunds says: The old CTS was never a head-to-head competitor for either the 3 Series or 5 Series. But Cadillac is hoping all that will change with the 2014 CTS.