As rumored, Caddy is giving its CTS range (Sedan, Wagon, and Coupe) a modest range of updates, including a new 3.6 liter V6 engine, new grille, standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, and the availability of a Touring Package.
The most notable change to the highly-acclaimed CTS range is the new engine (known within GM as the LFX). The powerplant adds an extra SAE-certified 14 horsepower and 2 lb.-ft. of torque — resulting in a total output of of 318 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque (compared to the outgoing engine’s 304 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of twist). As with the LFX in the 2012 Camaro, engineers were able to reduce engine weight by a total of 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg) over the outgoing LLT V6 by integrating the cylinder head/exhaust manifold design, introducing a new composite intake manifold, a lighter-weight structural front cover, and high-strength connecting rods. Overall, the weight savings help with fuel economy while improving the handling and driving balance.
Out front, updates to the CTS’s grille result in a more refined appearance and include new premium finishes that — according to Caddy — “highlight the intricacies of a new frame and mesh combination” as well as sharper colors and raised ridges of the legendary Wreath & Crest emblem, resulting in a three-dimensional impression.
Rounding out the exterior changes is a new touring package for the CTS Sedan and Wagon that offers chrome door handles, an exclusive grille with a dark finish, metal pedals, a dark Sapele wood interior trim, and sueded seat inserts, steering wheel, and shift knob. The package, available with either the the 3.0L V6 or 3.6L V6 engines, will also offer 19-inch polished wheels and 14-way adjustable Recaro performance seats (on the 3.6 liter version) and 18-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish (on the 3.0 liter version).
Finally, Bluetooth phone connectivity will become standard on all 2012 CTS models and a (much-needed) side blind-zone alert system will be available on the CTS Coupe.
The GM Authority Take
These are great additions to an already great car. Unfortunately, Cadillac didn’t give in to our cries for a V8 engine in a non-V trim. With that said, we’re highly anticipating the next-generation Alpha-based CTS and its smaller brother, the ATS in the next few of years.
We’ll be on hand at New York Auto Show tomorrow — where we hope to see the updated CTS in the flesh and bring you some awesome video and photos.