Long rumored, Cadillac finally unveiled their all new 2014 CTS Sedan at the New York Auto show yesterday. It’s longer, lower, leaner, and faster thanks to a variety of structural improvements and a new, more powerful powertrain.
CUE concerns aside – see my XTS review from last year – the interior comforts, as well as exterior aesthetics look vastly appealing, especially for an American bred sedan of this class. Three powertrains will be made available to CTS customers: a 2.0L turbocharged 4 banger that produces 270hp; a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 rated at 321 horsepower; and the brand-new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 which produces 420hp and 430 pound-feet of torque. Both V6 engines can be mated to an 8-speed transmission, while the 4 will be relegated to a 6-speed automatic. Unfortunately, a manual tranny isn’t an option – sorry driving purists.
Nevertheless, until the next CTS-V shows up, Caddy will offer a V version (like BMW’s M or Audi’s S division), which includes the twin-turbo V6, eight-speed automatic and model-specific features like aluminum 18-inch wheels with Pirelli summer tires, a quicker steering ratio, Brembo disc brakes, a heavy-duty track cooling package, an electronic limited-slip differential and a driver-selectable track mode. That said, Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control will be available to drivers who opt for a package that includes 18 or 19-inch wheels – the 17-inch wheels are standard to the CTS.
The same 12-inch LCD instrument cluster that I loved in the XTS, has made its way to the dash of the new CTS. This doesn’t exactly address the shortcomings of Cadillac’s CUE system, but I’ll take what I can get. Complimenting that is a panoramic sunroof, rear sunshades, tri-zone climate control, unique ambient lighting and a 20-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
Pricing for the 2014 CTS has yet to be announced, though the last iteration started at $40,000.