General Motors invited members of the media and other professionals to gather atop the third-floor terrace of Toronto’s luxurious Shangri-La Hotel for the official Canadian debut of the 2014 Cadillac CTS. Looking to go head to head with the Germans, the new sedan is longer, lower and sleeker than the outgoing model and no longer fills an awkward niche between compact and mid-size.
Based on a larger version of GM’s Alpha platform, the new CTS tips the scales at 3,616 lbs., making it the lightest car in the mid-size luxury segment. The lighter chassis and additional weight saving technologies have contributed to the cars near 50/50 weight distribution, putting its dynamic abilities right up there with its German rivals.
The car on display at GM Canada’s official unveil was a metallic grey example, equipped with the range topping, 420 hp 3.6 liter twin turbo V6, which will start at $74, 495 CAD in Canada. Customers will pay $50, 895 CAD for the base 2.0 liter turbo RWD CTS, the price rises to $53, 520 CAD if equipped with all-wheel drive. Prices for the middle of the range 3.6 liter V6 start at $57, 040 CAD for rear-wheel drive models and $59, 060 CAD for all-wheel drive variants.