Cadillac has updated its CTS model for 2012, which the company will show at the New York motor show.
General Motors Co.’s luxury division will add the new features to sedan, coupe and wagon version made at the Detroit carmaker’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant.
The new grille for the CTS will receive a revised version of its mesh and frame. Cadillac compares it to altering a photo to a higher resolution so that the details stand out that much more. The grille will also receive higher gloss finishes to further extend the look of the front of the car and the Wreath & Crest logo will get sharper colors and raised ridges between the colors for that 3D effect.
The special edition also gets chrome door handles, 19-inch alloys – for the 3.6-litre version – or 18-inch alloys for the lower powered engine.
However, the real news is that the CTS will get, for the 2012 model year, an upgraded V6 engine and a new Touring Package edition. The revised direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 now puts out 318 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, thanks mostly to intake changes, including larger valves, revised ports, and a tweaked camshaft that keeps the intake valves open longer.
Despite the power boost, the new engine has the same fuel-economy ratings — an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway — as the 2011 model.
Lower trim models will continue to be offered with a 270-hp, 3.0-liter V-6.
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 2012 models will arrive at dealerships in late summer with pricing to be announced closer to the start of production.