NEW FOR 2015:
-Revised grille with new Cadillac crest
-Available wireless phone charging
-Test message alerts with Cadillac CUE
– OnStar with 4G LTE and standard wifi hotspot
-Available automatic park system adds perpendicular parking feature
-Drive Awareness Package adds lane keep assist and lane change alert
-New paint colours, and revised interior colour and trim combinations
Cadillac’s mid-size sedan adds standard and optional technology features for 2015. Otherwise, the CTS is once again offered in four distinct trims, and with a choice of three engines. Cadillac calls its trims “collections:” the CTS’ designations are Standard, Luxury, Performance, Premium, and the performance-oriented VSport. The first four come with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine (272 hp/295 lb-ft of torque), and Luxury, Performance, and Premium models can be optioned with a 3.6L V6 that makes 321 hp and 275 lb-ft. The Vsport is exclusive in its use of a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6L that cranks out 420 hp and 430 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all but the Vsport, while that car comes with an eight-speed that’s optional in Luxury, Performance, and Premium models. All CTS models start as rear-drivers; AWD can be optioned in all but the Vsport.
Standard kit across the line includes the OnStar communications system, Brembo-branded brakes, electronic parking brake, remote start, automatic halogen headlights, heated side mirrors with body-coloured housings and integrated turn signal repeaters, rear park assist, LED taillights, 17-inch wheels, variable intermittent wipers, cargo net, dual-zone automatic climate control, front centre console with armrest, overhead front console with map lights, cruise control, carpeted floor mats, gauge cluster with 5.7-inch colour display and trip computer, tire pressure monitoring, LED dashboard and door panel lighting, intelligent keyless entry, driver’s seat memory, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescopic adjustment, garage door opener, heated leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way front passenger seat, split-folding rear seatback, Bluetooth, 11-speaker stereo with CD player, CUE infotainment system, wifi hotspot capability, and satellite radio.
The Luxury Collection adds a ‘driver awareness’ package that bundles safety alert seat, blind zone alert, lane change alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, backup camera, automatic headlights, and automatic highbeams. Also included are HID headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Performance Collection cars come with GM’s magnetic ride control suspension, front and rear park assist sensors with parallel park assist, illuminated door handles, sunroof, 18-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, head-up display, 110-volt power outlet in front centre control, illuminated sill plates, power rear window sunshade and manual rear side window shades, heated rear seats, and navigation.
The Premium Collection starts out with an advanced security package of theft-deterrent system with tilt sensor, steering column lock, locking wheelnuts, and laminated rear window glass. Other standard features include autonomous emergency braking, a driver assist package of adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic braking, and automatic belt tightening, 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, alloy sport pedals, and 20-way front sport seats.
Along with the “big” motor, the Vsport adds a higher-capacity cooling system, electronic limited slip differential, performance suspension, eight-speed transmission, and a Vsport-specific grille.