2012 Cadillac CTS receives a new grille, upgraded V6 engine and Touring Package

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 19, 2011

This is the 2012 Cadillac CTS, an updated version of firm’s popular model which promises to offer an upgraded V6 engine, a new front grille as well as a new Touring Package Edition. First of all, let’s take a look at the new engine: according to GM, the 3.6-liter V6 engine uses a lighter more efficient design and will offer more power and the same fuel economy as the current engine.

The new engine will deliver 318 horsepower (237 kW) and 275 lb.-ft. (372 Nm) of torque, while the current 3.6-liter V6 produces 304 horsepower (227 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of torque.

Still, the EPA fuel economy label will remain 18 city/27 highway mpg, as the new design of the engine reduces the weight with 20.5 pounds or 9.3 kg.

Regarding the design, the 2012 Cadillac CTS comes with a new front grille, redesigned with new premium finishes. Moreover, the Wreath & Crest logo also has sharper colors, and promises to deliver a refined appearance. All the changes will be seen in all three CTS models – CTS Sport Sedan, Sport Wagon and Coupe.

Cadillac says that the new CTS engine delivers more power and torque than comparable V6 offerings in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus ES350. In addition to the new engine and the redesigned grille, the 2012 Cadillac CTS will also receive the Touring Package.

Available in the 3.0L V-6 and 3.6L V6 engines, the Touring Package ads an exclusive grille with a dark finish, metal pedals, dark Sapele wood interior trim and sueded seat inserts, steering wheel and shift knob.

Moreover, the Touring Package Sedan and Wagon also will have chrome door handles, while the 3.6L version will have 19-inch polished wheels and Recaro 14-way adjustable performance seats. The 3.0L version will have 18-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish.

Exterior Design

Cadillac engineers made a list of improvements to the engine’s design. The intake valves of the cylinder heads are now larger. The intake ports have also been modified. These changes enable the longer-duration intake camshaft to increase power and efficiency because of the greater airflow into the engine.

The weight of each engine has also been decreased. The integration of the cylinder head and exhaust manifold in the new design results in a weight reduction of 13 pounds (6 kg).

The aluminium in intake manifolds have been replaced with a new composite material that saves about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg). The structural front cover and connecting rods have also been made lighter without compromising strength. The total weight reduction computes to 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg). As can be expected, fuel efficiency, handling and driving balance are all improved because of this.

Besides the new engine and grille, Cadillac is introducing the new Touring Package for 2012. This package improves key details on the CTS exterior and interior. These include a dark-finish grille, dark Sapele wood interior trim, metal pedals, and suede-covered seat inserts, gear knob and steering wheel. The package is available for the 3.0L V-6 and 3.6L V-6 versions.

Press Release

CTS Adds Horsepower, New Grille For 2012 Model Year

Cadillac’s CTS luxury sport Sedan, Coupe and Wagon will add an upgraded V-6 engine, new grille and new Touring Package edition for the 2012 model year.

The new 3.6L V-6 will use a lighter, more efficient design to give customers more power at the same fuel economy as the current 3.6L V-6. The new engine delivers an SAE-certified 318 horsepower (237 kW) and 275 lb.-ft. (372 Nm) of torque, compared to the current engine’s 304 horsepower (227 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of torque. The EPA fuel economy label will remain 18 city/27 highway mpg.

The CTS’s distinctive shield-shaped front grille has been redesigned with new premium finishes that highlight the intricacies of a new frame and mesh combination. The Wreath & Crest logo also has sharper colors and raised ridges between the colors, giving it a three-dimensional quality. The result provides customers a CTS with a more refined appearance.

The changes will be carried in all three CTS models – CTS Sport Sedan, Sport Wagon and Coupe. The 2012 models will arrive at dealerships in late summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

“CTS has established itself as a world-class line of luxury sports cars, but to remain on top, we have to continually make improvements,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. “The changes for the 2012 model year give customers a fresh take on the CTS’s bold front grille and provide enhanced driving performance without sacrificing fuel economy.”

The new grille builds on a design that has helped the CTS family win a spot on Car and Driver’s 10 Best list, Popular Mechanics’ Auto Excellence Awards and Automobile Magazine’s All-Stars list. The new finishes on the grille add more gloss to the mesh and luster to the frame, accentuating the details in the design. The mesh also is pulled flusher to the frame, making these details stand out even more.

The new 3.6L V-6 builds on another award-winning design. It’s an evolution of an engine named twice to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for what the automotive publication called its “laudable low-end torque and effortless power delivery.” The new CTS engine, like its predecessor, provides more horsepower and torque than comparable V-6 offerings in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus ES350.

Cadillac engineers were able to improve the current design in several ways. The cylinder heads have larger intake valves and an improved intake port design. These work with a longer-duration intake camshaft to boost power and efficiency by allowing more air to flow into the engine.

Engineers also reduced the engine’s weight. An integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design saves about 13 pounds (6 kg) per engine compared to the cylinder heads and manifolds of the current engine.

The new composite intake manifold saves about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) compared to the current aluminum intake. A lighter-weight structural front cover and lighter-weight, high-strength connecting rods bring the total weight savings to 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg), which helps the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and improves the car’s handling and driving balance.

In addition to the new engine and grille, Cadillac is adding a new Touring Package for 2012 that enhances key touch-points of the CTS. The Touring Package, available in the 3.0L V-6 and 3.6L V-6 engines, will have an exclusive grille with a dark finish, metal pedals, dark Sapele wood interior trim and sueded seat inserts, steering wheel and shift knob.

The Touring Package Sedan and Wagon also will have chrome door handles. The 3.6L version will have 19-inch polished wheels and Recaro 14-way adjustable performance seats. The 3.0L version will have 18-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish.

Other changes for the 2012 model year on the CTS include standard Bluetooth phone integration on all models and side blind-zone alert technology available on the CTS Coupe.

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