2018 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2018 Cadillac CTS is going to come out with a slightly refreshed look which will see the current third-generation updated for another period. The model will include slight refreshes coming for the exterior of the car and it is also adding better and newer technology on the inside. Also, we are getting a more streamlined approach for the various trims that the CTS is offering.

The story of the Cadillac CTS started in 2002, when the mid-size executive sedan was introduced for the first time. This marked the return of this brand to a luxury RWD platform and also making the CTS the first Cadillac model with a manual transmission after a period of almost 15 years. The second-generation model made its debut in 2008 and was also initially offered as a sedan, while offering a two-door coupe version and a five-door sport wagon after that. The most significant change between the generations was the change in the dimensions of the car.

The 2013 model came back to offering only a sedan version with the coupe and wagon ones dropped and it started using such engine choices as the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6 for the third-gen models. It also introduced the V-Sport and the high-performance CTS-V brand.

The Cadillac CTS was aimed to go head to head against some of the German competitors in the luxury segment which came in the form of a BMW 5 Series model and also the Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class car.

The current car has already received a lot of accolades, even being voted as the Car of the Year in 2014. This update can be regarded more as a facelift as the changes brought here will make the car a lot more competitive. Although the style has not become so much dated the refresh will do a lot of good for it. With the release date just around the corner, here is our take and our review about the car.

Exterior Silting

The 2018 Cadillac CTS will adopt a new direction with the style, while at the same time staying true to the “Art and Science” design language introduced for the third-generation models. The styling will change with the additions of a new grille design and a completely new rear fascia. The car will combine a stylish “long, lean and low” combination, as they are putting it. The grille is long and has chrome all over it and it mimics the Cadillac crest. The side intakes and the lines of the headlights have hard angles and use some deep cuts, with very little roundness.

The profile adopts a solid but chunky design with  more hard angles for the lower character line and the window line. Generally speaking, the car has a three-box proportioned look with the C-pillars being a bit wider compared to before.

The rear end has the taillights which have the same upright design as the headlights do. The lower part sees some trapezoidal exhaust tips and there is a further horizontal chrome trim added on the trunk lid of the car while above it a slight suggestion of a spoiler is made.

Some extra features for the outside include a Galvano chrome finish for the grill on the CTS, Luxury, and Premium Luxury trim levels. The V-Sport and V-Sport premium Luxury models are separated by black chrome and a different grille design is made. In order to maximize the aerodynamics and consume less fuel some additions that are made include active aero grille shutters which help the engine cool off as well.

Inside Design

With the inside of the 2018 Cadillac CTS, the designers have decided not to skim on any materials and have made the entirety of the inside as best as they possibly could. The look incorporates an asymmetrical, driver-oriented layout, with a lot of symmetry between the passenger and the driver’s side and the center console facing straight back. The design actually has a look which balances out the use of long curves and angles that push towards the center of the vehicle.

Of course, everywhere you look you will find higher end materials and various trim options. These include aluminum, wood and carbon fiber, which come in five individual two-tone color combos. The seats are upholstered in leather with optionally offering a handcrafted semi-aniline material. 14-way power adjustable seating, with manual cushion length extensions and four-way manual headrests is also offered as standard while a 20-way adjustable ones are provided optionally.

The infotainment of the 2018 Cadillac CTS also reached a whole new level with the new Cadillac CUE system which provides more connectivity. Improvements that are made here will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration. You also get a Wi-Fi hotspot and the systems include all the latest apps and ways of integration which will provide various sorts of connectivity and also pleasure while driving.

Powertrain Offer

There are actually going to be three different powertrain choices for the 2018 Cadillac CTS model. The first one is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder model that makes 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The next one is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine choice which expands the power to 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the last engine offer is being used for the V-Sport version. It is a boosted V-6 engine making 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The torque peak is reached at 90 percent between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm and the car is also capable of getting to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and it can develop a top speed of 170 mph.

Release Date and Price

The newest 2018 Cadillac CTS will be offered by the end of the year. We are expecting the release date to be already set for the start of the of the 2018 season so the car will most certainly start sales by the end of 2017. The price list has already been released with the base version being offered at $46,990 as base MSRP. The Luxury costs $52,690 or $54,690, depending on the engine that is used, the Premium amounts to $60,190 while the V-Sport manages $61,690. Still the most lucrative offer is the V-Sport Premium Luxury that costs $71,790.

 

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