2013 NYIAS Unveiled: 2014 Cadillac CTS

On the eve of the press preview days at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, General Motors unveiled the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS at a private event in New York City.

“The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan delivers crafted design, thrilling performance and sophisticated technology,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president of Global Cadillac. “The car that has always been Cadillac’s centerpiece stretches figuratively and literally to challenge the world’s best.”

The third-generation CTS follows Cadillac’s new design philosophy set forth by the release of the entry-level ATS, the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The 2014 CTS is also “longer, lower, leaner and lighter” than the previous generation.

The new CTS, which boasts a lower athletic stance, is five inches longer than its predecessor with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, while maintaining a lighter curb weight. This is achieved thanks to Cadillac’s first aluminum door structures, which also give the vehicle a near 50/50 weight balance.

The CTS features Cadillac’s shield grille and signature vertical lighting elements, including LED front signature lighting detail. The grille is wider, with a more detailed texture, while the headlamps flow up with the hood line. Active grille shutters will also be featured on some models, which improve aerodynamics on the highway to improve fuel efficiency.

The new interior is roomier with a driver-centric cockpit interior, featuring integrated technology and handcrafted appointments. There will be eight available interiors, available with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum trim. Handcrafted, cut-and-sewn leather is also available.

One of the biggest changes on the 2014 CTS came under the hood. The previous generation’s top-of-the-line 3.6-liter V-6, producing an estimated 321 horsepower, is now the mid-level engine. The premium engine option is the new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6, producing an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. It is the first twin-turbocharged engine ever offered by Cadillac and will also feature the brand’s first eight-speed automatic transmission. The Twin-Turbo CTS will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

The base model 2014 CTS will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at an estimated 272 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic.

The new CTS sedan also features a slew of safety features, including 10 standard air bags, Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control, Panic Brake Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Collision Preparation (with brake prefill), Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines and Adaptive Forward Lighting.

Production of the 2014 CTS begins this fall in Lansing, Mich.

[Source: General Motors]