A five-star crash test rating was given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to two 2012 Cadillac models (CTS sedan and wagon and SRX crossover). These recently announced top safety ratings from the U.S. safety regulators mean that GM now has a total of nine vehicles in its 2012 lineup that have the five-star rating.
The rest are the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt and Traverse. To date, the five-star rating for overall crash test performance has been given by the NHTSA to 21 vehicles that are set to be released under the 2012 model year range.
“Receiving five stars under the new rating system is an impressive feat – one that clearly demonstrates the strength of the SRX and CTS advanced structure, overall crashworthiness and effectiveness of the models’ state-of-the-art safety technologies,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety.
Featuring a new overall shape and evolved dimensions, the new Cadillac CTS could be availed with the optional all-wheel-drive system. This configuration resulted to a two-inch increase in track width, allowing the new Cadillac CTS to sport a wider stance. This means that the new CTS comes now has a more planted and capable appearance further emphasized by its tighter tire-to-fender relationships.
This also means that the sides of the new Cadillac CTS are now more sculpted inward (tumblehome), enabling it to sport a premium rear-wheel-drive appearance that features a lower roof line that does not affect headroom or interior space.
The premium appearance of the new CTS also conveys sophistication and agility through its lower and more sculpted hood, wider tapering sail panel, a tighter wheel-to-body relationship, and smoother wheel housing lips. Up front, the new CTS takes inspiration from the Cadillac Sixteen concept car. For instance, the CTS now dons a more aggressive, large, chrome dual-textured grille that is now more vertical in shape.
Integrated in the center of this grille is a large wreath and crest. This grille is bordered by vertically stacked headlamps featuring bright bezels with staircase-like piling. In addition, fog lamps and brake duct intakes border the lower air intake. As a tribute to the marque’s grand heritage, side air extractors are just located forward of the car’s front doors.
The sides of the CTS are marked by further chrome detailing like on the moldings framing the side windows, and three-inch exhaust outlets. Completing the side styling of the CTS are, as standard, seven-spoke 17-inch wheels – in painted or machined finishes -- masking the larger high-performance brake calipers and rotors. Also available are optional 18-inch wheels in either premium multi-coat or high-polish finish.
On the other hand, the new Cadillac CTS boasts of a charismatic rear end marked with Cadillac’s hallmark vertical taillamps. Interestingly, the rear decklid carries at the centerline both the angular and directional theme of the front end, with the roofline and rear backlight featuring a coupe-like profile.