2014 Cadillac CTS Gets Longer, Lower, Lighter: 2013 New York Auto Show

2013 New York Auto Show


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    2014 Cadillac CTS. | March 26, 2013

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2013 New York Auto Show

Just 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.

Comments

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    Looking forward to seeing this in NYC. My question is; why not put the new V8 in this car instead of the V6 turbo? I'm sure a slightly detuned version of the Vette engine say 420hp, would get similiar, if not better performance and fuel economy numbers than the V6. Plus it would sound so much better.

  • 09gt_ 09gt_ Posts:

    The V-sport is NOT the V-series. The V-sport will bridge the gap between the "regular" CTS and the CTS-V. The CTS-V will still have a V8. Why didn't Edmunds report on the over 200 lb weight loss over the current version (despite being bigger)?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I like the front end, very "Cadillac". This looks promising, but what I really want to see is the full redesign when that ever comes around. If they learned a couple of lessons from the ATS (especially chassis dynamics) and successfully incorporate them into the next generation CTS, that car is going to do a lot of good for the brand.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I like the design. I really hope they managed to find some extra rear seat leg room though. For a car of it's size the current CTS's back seat is woefully short of leg room (and I speak from experience, not manufacturer's measurements).

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Wow. The blockier, more classic proportions of the ATS and now the CTS really update the brand. Also like the full-shield grille rather than split- they had taken that as far as it could go. Wish the XTS had been a bit less rakish and more like this even tho I like it too. GM is really on fire lately!

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @quad: I think this might be a full redesign. They did say this was on the same platform as the ATS, which is not the same platform as the old CTS.

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    this does look great, I must be getting old

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    I think Cadillac has a great lineup for all age groups. Very appealing drivetrains, and look out Germans! Finally a contender. Looks are both bold yet conservative at the same time--hard for me to describe.

  • greg128 greg128 Posts:

    Better looking and edgier than the Germans, and the Japanese Luxo brand styling is a joke next to this. I thought the ATS was great looking but this outdoes it. Just exudes Class.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @stovt001: Ah yes, you're right. Thanks.

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