2019 Cadillac CTS Deletes These Features14
When the current, third-generation Cadillac CTS made its debut, it propelled Cadillac directly into the luxury midsize sedan segment, thereby becoming the brand’s first-ever “true” midsize sport-luxury sedan to take on the highly-lucrative midsize luxury car segment that’s been defined by the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 2019 model year marks the sixth year on the market for the 2019 CTS, and it’s losing several features in the process.
Three exterior colors get axed for the 2019 CTS, including:
- Phantom Gray Metallic
- Silver Moonlight Metallic
- Midnight Sky Metallic
Additionally, the Morello Red Edition gets deleted, along with the Recaro performance seats and black chrome grille with dark grillettes that were part of the package.
2019 might be the last year of the CTS, as the upcoming Cadillac CT5 is being prepped to replace both the CTS and ATS. And in that regard, the deletion of these features isn’t exactly representative of going out in style. But that might not even matter, as awareness and consideration of the model line appears to be extremely low thanks to nearly non-existent advertising support from Cadillac.
About Cadillac CTS
The Cadillac CTS is a midsize luxury sedan family that includes the CTS Sedan, CTS V-Sport Sedan, and ultra high-performance CTS-V variant. The vehicle slots above the compact Cadillac ATS and below the full-size Cadillac CT6.
The current, third generation CTS was introduced for the 2014 model year. The vehicle is based on the extended-length wheelbase variant of the GM Alpha platform. The same platform underpins the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro while a shorter variant of the same architecture underpins the Cadillac ATS.
For the 2018 model year, the CTS gets a new exterior color, an automatic heated steering wheel, the all-new CUE 3.0 infotainment system, and the deletion of the Carbon Black Package. For the 2019 model year, the CTS loses several exterior colors as well as the Morello Red Package, while the CTS-V loses two exterior colors, gains two more, and deletes the Championship Edition package. The CTS is expected to be replaced by an entirely new, next-generation model called Cadillac CT5 for the 2020 model year.
The Cadillac CTS is built exclusively at the GM Lansing Grand River factory in Michigan operated by GM USA. The vehicle is currently not offered in China, which will likely change for the CT5, since we expect a GM China factory to build the CT5 for the Chinese market.
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The CTS has always been a good looking car especially in V-Series trim . It got off to a rocky start when returning customers balked at the higher price . Even at one point lowering the cost to attract those customers .
But having that car sitting next to the XTS didn’t do it any favors either , they are so close in size that some went for the older XTS that had a bit more interior room and had that ” Cadillac ” ride .
Now that the 4-door ATS is going away the plant is in the process of tooling up for the CT5 & 4 . What I am hearing is that it;s going to be a slow ramp up and may start with just a single shift until Cadillac gets a feel for the marketplace .
Atleast Cadillac is adding CUE 3.0 to the CTS , they aren’t just letting it die with old infotainment . Plus if some people do buy or lease one they may like the new system over the old one that got so many bad reviews .
No ads , a higher price and a market that is heavy into crossovers never helped sales .
It is a big error to kill de ATS production, you leave all the way to BMW an AUDI why not produce de ATS ( L ) al ready produce in CHINA. Many owners are probably waiting for this version of the ATS. more weel base mean more legs room for the rear seat
américans and canadians have long legs compare to the chinese peoples. My ATS is a better car than my last Audi A 4 quattro. the engine is better, the chassis is better, the suspension is better, the brakes is better, and the LOOK is far better than Audi and BMW. Why not another year with the ( L ) version of the ATS I prédic a great succes with this new version.
GM consistently places in the top 3 of the biggest advertising spenders. In previous years placing first but as of late third. They place right up there in spending with big telecommunications, each of which are practically omnipresent and very effective. There is little reason for any of GM’s portfolio to lack support here.
When is the last time you saw an ad in a magazine, or on TV for an ATS, or CTS, and damn few for CT6 and Escalade. They simply DON’T advertise the product like BMW, Audi, and MB do. That is a fact.
GM blows through 20% more than Verizon, munch on that for a minute.
No big deal on the loss of the CTS and ATS as the CT3 and CT5 are coming.
Lest just hope they are still focused as JDN had wanted.
Why do articles constantly say that the ATS and CTS are being replaced by the CT5, while they know the CT3/4 is already coming as well? The Line-Up will be CT3/4, CT5, and CT6 by 2020 with a CT8 possible arriving in 2022 depending on the CAR market. CUVs will be the XT4, XT5, XT6, and Escalade.. along with a few EV vehicles most likely wearing their own names and on a different platform than the ICE car or CUV equivalent in size
Why do we “constantly” say that? Because it’s true.
The CTS and ATS will both be replaced by one model, the CT5.
Whatever comes under the CT5 will slot below where the current ATS slots, from a price and positioning standpoint (not necessarily from a size standpoint, though). The CT5 will take the middle range of the ATS and CTS from a price and postponing standpoint, as well as from the perspective of size.
Not quite correct……
The CT8 will be the Escala arriving in the 2nd/3rd quarter of 2022.
There will be a CT3 Sedan , CT4 Coupe/Convertible, CT 5 Sedan, CT6 Sedan, CT7 Coupe, and CT8 .
There will be V Sports and “V”s, as well as PHEV’s.
There will be an XT3, XT4, XT5, XT6, XT7, and XT8 eventually with the XT8 being bespoke mostly.
There will also be V Sports and “V”s as well as PHEV’s.
Cadillac’s halo CS1 will arrive in 2023/2024,and there are scheduled to be 3 variants; a TTV6, Supercharged V8, and a PHEV.
Beyond that I CANNOT confirm anything else…..
The CTS has been and still is a great car. I feel that the first two generations represented what is a good value. This current 3rd generation is no longer a good value. A brand new premium model in my town being $70,000.
The CT5 needs to, and I think will represent a good value again under Carlisle. Trying to run with E class and 5 series is selling to a customer the CTS cant get.
Most definitely the best Cadillac sedan to grace the badge! Despite it’s crucial flaws, it’s currently the only Cadillac model truly worth its salt! Hopefully the CT5 will capitalize on this great product’s strengths, while remedying the shortcomings, which mostly includes its tight interior packaging, unrefined powertrain, and somewhat sub-par interior quality!
It is a damn shame that people are sooo badge conscious. I have heard several people say…”If I’m going to spend that much money I’m going to buy a BMW, or Benz, or Audi. The ATS and the CTS have been, on numerous occasions, lauded for having the best chassis in their segment.
GM has so tarnished the name Cadillac in the 80’s and 90’s (from about 1980-2005) with bad engineering….i.e. the V8-6-4 engine, the Cimarron, bad designs, poor build quality, AND, not standing behind their product, that they are now paying for that witha bad image.
And that’s sad, because the product now is on par with those other brands. The Omega chassis is the most innovative, highly engineered chassis in the industry, and has been lauded so. Super Cruise is the best autonomous driving system currently available. I used it yesterday to drive from North Carolina to Washington D.C. in my 2018 CT6 and it performed flawlessly. It is somewhat unique to be driving an automobile at 70 mph, for an extended period of time, with your arms folded, and no feet on the pedals. The system drives, steers, and brakes itself.
I love this CT6, it is, simply put, the best automobile I have owned to date, and I have owned an “S” Class. I also have an Escalade, a CTS V , and two Corvettes…
So predictable that the one interior color combo I liked is getting axed.
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