2012 Cadillac CTS: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Cadillac CTS sedanFor the 2012 model year, the Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe and wagon get a new V-6 engine, exterior updates and some trim reshufflings.

The updated 3.6-liter V-6, which comes equipped on Cadillac’s Performance and Premium trims, is now rated at 318 horsepower, up from 304 hp in the previous model. Despite the power boost, the new engine has the same fuel-economy ratings — an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway — as the 2011 model.

Lower trim models will continue to be offered with a 270-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. The new 3.6-liter V-6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the six-speed manual option is no longer available on the 3.6, but it’s still an option with the 3.0. Rear- and all-wheel drive are available on all trims.

Along with the new engine, Cadillac has updated the CTS grille. It now has a more pronounced two-dimensional grid design as opposed to the somewhat three-dimensional mesh grill on the 2011 model. According to Cadillac, the grille and Cadillac badge have more detail to them than the ones they replace (an up close photo is provided below).

Cadillac also added a new feature package, called the Touring Package, to its lineup for the model year. The package includes dark finishes to the exterior, metal pedals, a darkened wood trim and suede-trimmed upholstery. The feature suite is available with either the 3.0-liter or the 3.6-liter V-6. When equipped with the 3.6-liter, the Touring Package also comes with Recaro seats and 19-inch wheels.

Cadillac will announce pricing and more trim details soon. The model goes on sale in late summer.

Comments 

jordan

The design language for these american cars is gross. The cars are big boxy and angular and then you wonder why women prefer other models.

Anonymous

Read the details, the

Manual Tranny is not available in 3.6 liter engine. Good, since the 6-speed automatic is better.

No word about the CTS-V (Sedan, Coupe & Wagon), this has a V8 6.2 liter engine. With the gas price above $3.8 / gallon, probably no one is buying this. Another good thing.

Why are they selling Coupe, when then just winded down the Coupe's in Chevy (Cobalt) & Pontiac (G5) & Saturn (Astra).

George

So no 8 speed automatic until 2013?

Troy S.

This car looks quite gawdy.

6K

Never ever buy a GM car or truck! Today the Financial Times revealed US Taxpayers will take a loss of more than $11 BILLION from the GM bailout. GM's stock is currently priced at $30 per share and the US is planning on liquidating it's shares in the next 60 days and would need to sell at $53 per share just to break even. I am ashamed that I campaigned and voted for Obama. He's just another corrupt politician.

Wayne

For my money, it is Cadillac ALL the way! Cadillac offers an interior that is full of the best premium Italian leather that money can buy. Both sides of the seats are covered with it, as well as the dashboard and door panels, whereas the German and Japanese competition uses cheap plastic. A Cadillac CTS-V will set the owner back about $1,200.00/year to insure compared to around $2,900.00/year for the BMWs. Cadillacs also are up to 4 TIMES less expensive to repair too.

So, at the end of the day, WHY would anyone want any other luxury car when they can get better performance, better quality, lower repair prices, lower insurance rates, and a MUCH lower purchase price with the Cadillac?

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