General Motors has been releasing information about its updated 2012 models, and the changes Cadillac have just been announced.
The CTS was introduced as a 2008 model, and has seen minor tweaks and modifications since then. Cadillac largely continues with this incremental improvement pattern for the 2012 Visually, the biggest change is a new grille that focuses on a vertical design and is constructed with more premium elements.
Instead of a plastic appearance, the look has a new finish to put emphasis on a new frame and mesh combination. The Cadillac Wreath and Crest logo has also been revised, with sharper colors and ridges between the colors to give it an upscale, three-dimensional appearance.
Improvements to the engine are where the good stuff is at though. The CTS’ 3.6-liter V-6 made 304 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque for 2011. For 2012, engineers added larger intake valves, a longer-duration intake camshaft and redesigned the intake port. These changes up the power level to 318 hp and 275 lb-ft, without sacrificing fuel economy.
The engine also drops weight, with to the tune of 20.5 pounds. The drop in weight is thanks to an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold made from composites, a lighter-weight structural front cover and high-strength connecting rods. Lighter weight is always a good thing, for fuel economy as well as the car’s weight distribution.
The CTS get some upgraded technology as well with Bluetooth now standard across the lineup and the availability for side blind-zone alert technology in the CTS Coupe.
New for 2012 is a Touring Package that includes a darkened grille finish, metal pedals, Dark Sapele wood interior trim and suede inserts in the seats, steering wheel and shift knob. No word on pricing for the package, expect that to be announced closer to an on-sale date.