The CTS is lighter than its primary competitors, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class, and its range of power-dense powertrains underpins its performance. A roomy, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology through Cadillac CUE and hand-crafted appointments complements the exterior and supports the CTS sedan’s driving experience. Eight interior environments are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood or carbon fiber. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline leather, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions.
An all-new 3.6L V-6 engine debuts in the 2016 CTS, ushering in new benchmarks for efficiency, refinement and durability. The second-generation, clean-sheet engine redesign incorporates new features, including Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology to enhance fuel economy. At an SAE-certified at 335 horsepower (250 kW), it’s also the most powerful naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment.
A new Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission is matched with the 3.6L V-6, elevating the driving experience with one of the luxury market’s smoothest, quietest and most efficient powertrain combinations.
The Cadillac 2.0L Turbo returns in the CTS for 2016, adding the fuel-saving Stop/Start feature. It also is matched with the new 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmission.
Also new for 2016 is an 18-inch polished wheel design and three premium exterior colors: Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Moonstone Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic. Inside, a Surround Vision 360 degree camera provides a “bird’s eye” view of the entire vehicle, Cadillac CUE is enhanced and includes phone integration capability – including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (Android Auto to be offered later in the 2016 model year) – and several interior color/trim options enhance the ambience of the design.
The 2016 CTS lineup is offered in well-equipped standard models, as well as Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections.
Cadillac also introduces the third-generation CTS-V for 2016. It introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine SAE-certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm). It’s backed by the Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting. See the separate CTS-V release for complete details.
Linear elements, including an uninterrupted feature line that runs from the headlamps to the taillamps, emphasize the CTS’s long, lean proportion and contribute three-dimensional qualities to its surface. The sense of flow over the CTS sedan is furthered, too, with a “trapped” hood design – surrounded completely by sheet metal – that eliminates the forward cut lines between the grille and headlamps.
Cadillac’s signature bold vertical lighting elements – including LED front signature lighting details – evolve with headlamps that flow up and with the hood line. The headlamp housings incorporate crystalline LED light guides in the upper and lower forward corners, bringing uniform white illumination without hot spots and serving as the daytime running lamps.
High-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting are standard.
At the rear, first-, second- and third-order bezel elements within the taillamp housings offer a distinctive rear signature for the CTS when illuminated. LED lights within crystalline blade structures ensure a crisp, uniform appearance and the Cadillac script is etched in the upper illumination blade.
The spacious, driver-centric cockpit interior in the CTS Sedan combines technology and hand-crafted appointments to support the driving experience. It’s an intuitive and connected cabin, with asymmetrical features that focus the controls and displays on the driver – reinforced with authentic materials and refined amenities to give it character that is distinctive in the segment.
An industry-exclusive, one-piece wrapped upper instrument panel flows from the base of the windshield down to the base of the center stack, while the “brow” over the instrument cluster reaches across the center stack, exemplifying the asymmetrical cues.
Several distinctive interior environments – including five two-tone combinations – are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood or carbon fiber. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions. The range of interior environments reflects the ambience of customers’ driving experiences, from relaxed touring to serious performance.
CTS sedan also offers full-leather, 20-way adjustable front seats, which includes 14 power-assisted adjustments, a manual cushion length extension and four-way manual headrests. The 20-way full-leather seats are available, with 16-way adjustable seats standard with leather seats. The CTS’s standard seats feature 14-way adjustment and all seats were designed to deliver segment-leading comfort and craftsmanship. Heated and ventilated front seats are standard with leather seating and rear heated seats are available.