2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan Gets Updates And Changes Galore16
Cadillac is giving the CTS Sedan many notable changes and updates for the 2016 model year.
On the outside, the Majestic Plum Metallic, Black Diamond Tricoat, and Opulent Blue Metallic colors are replaced with Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Moonstone Metallic, and Stellar Black Metallic — all of which are extra cost colors. Two new wheel designs replace two existing ones.
Inside, the 2016 Cadillac CTS does away with three interior colors, including Twilight Blue with Jet Black accents, Light Cashmere with Medium Cashmere accents, and Jet Black with Jet Black accents; they’re complemented by changes to the following color combinations: Light Platinum with Jet Black accents and Jet Black with Jet Black accents, both of which now include Sapele high-gloss wood trim.
On the powertrain side, the 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan does away with the 3.6L V6 LFX engine, as well as the associated 6-speed automatic transmission and 3.45 ratio rear axle. In their place are the new 3.6L V6 LGX with Active Fuel Management and automatic start/stop plus an external engine oil cooler, 8-speed automatic transmission (when mated to the LGX and LTG motors) and a 2.85 rear axle ratio, respectively. Finally the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG motor gains auto stop/start.
On the technology side, the 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan gains a plethora of updates to the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, including improved system speed and performance, faster redesigned navigation interfaces, and Bluetooth Media browsing, among other things. In addition, the SD Card slot is removed from the system. Meanwhile, the 12.3″ reconfigurable gauge cluster now includes a high-def cluster with black background and new graphics. The Rear Vision Camera is now standard across the CTS range. A remote-locking Fuel filler door is also added.
Check the official RPO-level changes:
- Interior color (H2B) Twilight Blue with Jet Black accents
- Interior color (H5Y) Light Cashmere with Medium Cashmere accents (Performance Collection)
- Interior color (HCL) Jet Black with Jet Black accents (Performance Collection)
- Exterior color (G7U) Majestic Plum Metallic
- Exterior color (GLK) Black Diamond Tricoat
- Exterior color (GTR) Opulent Blue Metallic
- SD card slot removed from Cadillac CUE
- (QC0) 17″ x 8.5″ (43.2 cm x 21.6 cm) 10-spoke ultra-bright machined finish wheels
- (RCV) 18″ x 8.5″ (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) 7-spoke polished aluminum wheels
- (LFX) 3.6L V6, DI, DOHC, VVT engine
- (GM3) 3.45 ratio rear axle
- (MYA) 6-speed automatic transmission
- Exterior color (G1F) Cocoa Bronze Metallic (available at extra charge)
- Exterior color (GA6) Moonstone Metallic (available at extra charge)
- Exterior color (GB8) Stellar Black Metallic (available at extra charge)
- (UVH) Surround Vision
- (N08) Fuel filler door, remote locking
- (RLI) 17″ x 8.5″ 10-spoke ultra-bright machined finish with dark painted pockets wheels (replaces QC0)
- (UHN) 18″ x 8.5″ 10-spoke polished aluminum wheels (replaces RCV)
- (KC4) external engine oil cooler on (LGX) 3.6L Gen 2 V6 engine with (V03) extra capacity cooling system
- (LGX) 3.6L Gen 2 V6, SIDI, DOHC, VVT engine with Active Fuel Management and automatic start/stop (replaces LFX)
- (M5N) 8-speed automatic 8-transmission on (LGX) and (LTG) engines (replaces MYA)
- Interior color (HHM) Light Platinum with Jet Black accents now includes Sapele high-gloss wood trim
- Interior colors (H0Y) Jet Black with Jet Black accents and (H2D) Light Platinum with Jet Black accents now includes Natural Sapele wood trim
- Cadillac CUE upgrades include improved system speed and performance, faster, more accurate map loading and voice command execution, faster service reprogramming, redesigned navigation interfaces, single press mute navigation voice/cancel route, expanded cities with 3D maps, route information and next maneuver and BT Media browsing
- (UDV) 12.3″ reconfigurable gauge cluster changed to a high-definition cluster with normally black background and new graphics
- (UVC) Rear Vision Camera now standard
- (LTG) 2.0L Turbo engine now includes automatic start/stop
- (HRD) 2.85 rear axle ratio now included with RWD (LTG) 2.0L Turbo engine (replaces GM3)
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Completely expected since similar changes were announced on little brother ATS.
It will be interesting to see if Cadillac announces any significant changes to the XTS since that model will have a short shelf life.
Good job Cadillac continually improving the model range. That is how to build brand equity and value.
2016 should be a good year for Cadillac.
My CTS-V (Gen 2) is black diamond. That paint is awesome. I get TONS of compliments on it. Too bad they’re doing away with it.
The one thing I wanted and didn’t get: reconfigurable gauge cluster on the Luxury Collection. The standard gauge cluster is just no that good looking compared to the competition. I plan on getting a new CTS this fall but don’t want to step up to the performance trim to get the option for a reconfigurable gauge cluster. Why can’t it just be on option on all models?
I agree. Give the option for that cluster.
The Reconfigurable cluster should be standard on all CTS MODLES
Very disappointing that the reconfigurable gauge cluster — updated on the CTS — did not find its way into the 2016 ATS. The ATS’s cluster really needs improvement.
Exactly! Please fix this ASAP, Cadillac!
I’m pleased with all of the changes. I would like them to make one more. To me, the standard 17 inch tires are too small. I also think the 18 inch tires are too small for the CTS. When the lease on my 2014 ATS Performance ends, I plan to lease the CTS Performance with 19 inch tires.
By the way, my ATS has 18 inch wheels.
What about Apple CarPlay compatibility?
I hate to see the elimination of the light cashmere/medium cashmere interior. It is the only color I would get. Getting sick of black/gray or black/tan or all black interiors. Where’s the color imagination these days?
17 inchers are fine for the CTS, even with a sporty suspension. Yes the 18 inchers look sharp, I have them on my Mustang, but you gain nothing in handling by going bigger in diameter. In fact when the wheels get outsized, you hurt your mileage and you’ll be floored when it comes time for replacements. Got all this from a manager at Dunn Tire.
When will the 2016 CTS hit dealership lots?
Does the 2015 CTS “i” have the 2016 Cue Nav updates
Light Cashmere with medium Cashmere accents still available code HDZ, not sure what has changed
Can anyone tell me how many majestic plum went into production?