2014 Cadillac CTS Video

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Not only does the 2014 CTS position Cadillac better than ever to compete with luxury midsize sedans from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it's the strongest candidate to accelerate GM into the 21st century. Drawing heavily from 2011's Ciel concept, the redesigned CTS aims for cutting edge with newfangled LED running lights under the headlights, abundant high-quality interior stitching, real metal and wood trim, and lots of tech features — though the forward-looking thing might go a tad far with the motorized cupholder cover.

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All that combined with a substantially reduced weight — particularly in the Vsport trim, powered by a 420-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 — may bode well for a CTS coupe comeback, though the future of the unpopular wagon remains hazy. Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 27, 2013 | Comments (1)

Beefed-Up Chevy Corvette V-8 Could Power Next Caddy CTS-V

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When the 2014 Cadillac CTS debuts at the New York International Auto Show in March, Motor Trend reports the high-powered CTS-V will have a supercharged or turbocharged version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8. Cadillac parent GM is still deciding which route to take. GM's naturally aspirated LT1 V-8, which goes under the seventh-gen 'Vette's hood, already boasts direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. A turbocharger or supercharger could push output well beyond the 2014 Corvette's 450 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque.

We'd expect it to beat that figure, given that the current CTS-V has a 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The current engine, dubbed the LSA, is "sort of a sister engine" to the outgoing Corvette ZR1's LS9 V-8, GM powertrain spokesman Tom Read said. Still, it has fixed valve timing, port fuel injection and no cylinder deactivation. The new Corvette's LT1 V-8 is the first 'Vette engine to employ such technologies.

By Kelsey Mays | February 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Cadillac ELR Video

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With sleek styling rivaling Cadillac's own CTS coupe and luxury flourishes you might not find in comparable plug-ins, the 2014 Cadillac ELR aims for the best of both worlds. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays explains that the new ELR uses an electric motor and a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine; the combination is good for 35 miles of electric-only range and 300 miles of total range.

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Inside, Mays says an abundance of high-quality materials — lots of leather, carbon fiber and stitching details — helps perpetuate its premium rep. Still, things such as un-Caddie-like trunk space and awkwardly positioned door handles annoy. Mays says we’ll have to wait and see if the yet-to-be-announced price will be worth it. Watch the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | February 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cadillac to Unveil 2014 ELR at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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Although Cadillac still hasn't released specifics on the 2014 ELR, the automaker announced today that the production version of the extended-range electric coupe will debut Jan. 15 at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Kicking Tires reported earlier that the four-seat ELR will borrow powertrain components from the Chevrolet Volt and will also be produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Cadillac said that the ELR will feature a T-shaped lithium battery, electric power and four-cylinder engine generator. Like the Volt, the coupe's engine will kick in when the car reaches the end of its electric-only range.

While its powertrain is similar to that of the Volt, GM expects that one of ELR's strong selling points will be its exterior design. "Based on the Converj concept, ELR combines dramatic design with industry-leading extended-range electric vehicle technology in a luxury coupe," the automaker said in a news release.

The Converj concept, which we last saw at the 2009 Detroit auto show, shared the Volt's 40-mile electric-only range but differentiated itself with its luxury styling, which harkened the Cadillac CTS coupe.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cadillac Adds New Touring Package to 2012 CTS Lineup

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Components typically reserved for Cadillac’s exclusive and expensive V club are now a bit more accessible to 2012 CTS buyers. Features usually found in V-trim Cadillacs are newly available on 2012 CTS models through a Touring Package.

Available on coupes, sedans and wagons, the CTS Touring Package includes equipment like Recaro seats, suede seat and steering-wheel inserts, high-intensity-discharge headlamps and specific V-themed spoiler and wheels.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

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.

By Colin Bird | April 19, 2011 | Comments (6)

Cadillac Launches Black Diamond Edition CTS-V

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We’ve seen White Diamond Edition models from General Motors before on the Chevrolet Suburban, but we haven’t seen anything featuring the color black. In spring, we will get a black tri-coat-painted CTS-V sedan, coupe and wagon, which Cadillac is calling the Black Diamond Edition trim.

Like the Suburban, the trim is mainly an appearance package. The black paint is the biggest deal here: there are small aluminum flakes in it that give the car a sparkly look.

In addition to the paint, there are special 19-inch wheels with Brembo brake calipers that are painted yellow.

By Colin Bird | February 3, 2011 | Comments (4)

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Cadillac CTS, CTS-V Coupe

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It’s two, two, two car reviews in one.

Cars.com editor Mike Hanley took on not just the all-new two-door version of Cadillac’s CTS, he also wrangled its more powerful brother, the CTS-V coupe with its 556-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

Is it a beast or too refined? You may be surprised at the answer.

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By David Thomas | January 7, 2011 | Comments (2)

Cars.comparison: Ultimate Gifts

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Christmas is fast approaching, and for those of us who typically wait to the last minute (like me) to buy gifts for our loved ones, it’s going to be a frenetic week. With all that selfless giving, however, you might want to be a little self-indulgent, too. For those who are looking for some luxury, we’ve selected the ultimate automotive Christmas gift. No, I’m not talking about our recent gift guide. I’m talking about three of the top luxury coupes on the market. Which one wins our most recent faceoff? Continue reading to find out.

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By Colin Bird | December 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Priced at $62,165

As GM prepares the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon for dealer orders, the car finally has a price: $62,165. That’s before an $825 destination fee and a $1,300 gas tax, bringing the starting cost up to $64,290, the same price of the 2011 CTS-V coupe and sedan. So really, it’s just a matter of personal preference at this point.

The CTS-V wagon gets the same 556-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the CTS-V sedan and coupe. The wagon is powered by the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels and packs magnetic ride control and Brembo brakes.

Inside, the car comes with heated leather seats, in-dash navigation system with a 40-gigabyte hard drive and a Bose audio system standard. Sapele wood trim, Recaro seats and a suede steering wheel and shifter are optional.

The unique body style is all we can say about what distinguishes the wagon from either of the other two high-performance variants. The hatch gives the CTS-V wagon up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space. That means you can take your dogs to the park in no time.

The CTS-V Wagon is available now for ordering from Cadillac dealerships and should be available for delivery sometime in 2011.

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By Colin Bird | October 5, 2010 | Comments (17)

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