American luxury just took another leap forward. The 2014 Cadillac CTS, on display tomorrow at the New York Auto Show, raises the bar for design, power, and value in the luxury sedan segment, continuing the CTS' legacy in forging new ground for Cadillac and the U.S.
This isn't the same CTS we've come to know and love, however. In fact, it's hugely different in almost every respect. Larger, more dramatically styled, and far more powerful (excepting the previous generations CTS-V), the 2014 Cadillac CTS moves up a notch to compete with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz E Class more directly.
The design, of course, speaks for itself. But there's a lot going on underneath that pretty skin.
Weight & Performance
Specifically, the CTS is 4.1 inches longer (now 195.5 inches), including a 1.1-inch longer wheelbase (up to 114.6 inches). It also cuts a lower profile into the wind, with a one-inch lower roof line (now at 57.2 inches). At the same time, the 2014 CTS weighs about 200 pounds less than the 2013 BMW 528i (according to Cadillac) at 3,616 pounds--and it's more than 250 pounds lighter than the outgoing model of the CTS.
That lighter weight is distributed evenly front-to-rear, with a 50.1/49.9% weight balance.
A curious factoid: that's a better front-rear weight bias than the 2013 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport's 51/49% distribution.
Together with the lighter weight, this should result in a CTS that's more dynamic and capable than the current model. Also aiding the CTS' ability to control its motion, both in terms of comfort and performance, is the availability of Magnetic Ride Control adjustable dampers, even on the base model--a first for the CTS.
Of course, the powertrains will play heavily into the feeling of sport in the 2014 CTS' nature, as well.
The engine lineup starts with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, rated at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine offered in the new ATS, and even in the larger CTS, manages GM-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway gas mileage ratings in rear-wheel drive form. All-wheel drive is also available, scoring estimates of 18/28 mpg. A six-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission is standard with the turbo four-cylinder engine.
Next up the line is the familiar 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Rated at 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, the V-6 rates 19/28 mpg in rear-drive, and 18/27 mpg in all-wheel drive. It's also available with the six-speed paddle-shift automatic, but can optionally upgrade to the new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, another first for Cadillac.
The range-topper, dubbed the CTS Vsport, comes with the newly announced 420-horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Backing up the tall horsepower figure are 430 pound-feet of torque. Only available in rear-drive form, the most powerful CTS earns an estimated mileage of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. It comes standard with the eight-speed automatic.
Another curious factoid: the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport packs just 8.6 pounds per horsepower. That's just one more pound per horsepower than the 436-horsepower 2013 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport.