Following on the heels of its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show earlier this year (which was covered by our own Editor-in-Chief and current CTS owner Chris Haak). Cadillac has officially unveiled the official pricing ladder for the redesigned four door which has been sharpened and honed by GM engineers to be a more focused contender for established rivals such as the BMW 5 Series and the redesigned 2014 Mercedes Benz E-Class. As expected, the renewed mission statement and slightly more upscale positioning of the new CTS has slightly increased the price of admission versus last year with base CTS prices now beginning at $46,025 which incorporates the $925 destination fee and is nearly a $7,000 increase versus the previous generation CTS. Buyers willing to pay the higher price tag will have the choice of three different trim levels – Luxury, Performance, and Premium – which are similar to what is already in place on the smaller ATS. Performance comes from either the standard 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine which is good for 272 horsepower and a 6.1 second 0 to 60 time (1.5 seconds faster than last year’s base model), or the optional 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 which makes 321 horsepower when installed in the ATS. Buyers can also mate both engines to either the standard RWD layout, or the optional AWD variant which should please buyers looking for a solid four season vehicle. Magnetic ride control (once a signature piece of equipment on the previous generation V-Series) is now available on CTS’s that are equipped with 18 inch wheels while special selectable driving mode software allows occupants to tailor the car to a wide range of driving situations by offering three different settings Touring, Ice and Snow, as well as a performance oriented sport mode.
However for buyers that crave more muscle and cannot wait for the next generation CTS-V to hit dealer lots, Cadillac has the answer for them with the range topping $59,995 Vsport model. Unlike the standard-issue CTS, the Vsport comes equipped with a twin turbocharged version of the familiar 3.6 liter V6 that produces 420 horsepower and should do a good job delivering a more involved driving experience, especially on our favorite back roads. All of this power is channeled to the rear wheels (no AWD is available in the Vsport) through a eight speed gearbox which aims to make the car more fuel efficient while promising quicker and sharper shifts. In addition the Vsport also features an electronically controlled limited slip differential as well as a special track mode that features special calibration for the Magentic Ride Control suspension as well as enhanced throttle response.
“CTS has always been Cadillac’s centerpiece, and as our brand expands and elevates the car properly grows to its true place” said David Leone, CTS executive chief engineer. “With last year’s addition of the award-winning ATS compact luxury sedan, CTS will directly challenge the luxury midsize competition with uncompromised performance, luxury and technology.”
Look for the 2014 Cadillac CTS to begin arriving at a Cadillac showroom near you sometime this fall.