Cadillac to introduce more turbocharged models

Article by Christian A., on August 21, 2012

The Cadillac ATS has attracted many admirers, particularly for its new 272-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It is meant to compete with the BMW 3 Series. The SRX, with its 300-hp turbocharged V6, was the last Cadillac to come with a turbocharged engine. The engine had power but it wasn’t very frugal.

It was discontinued after just a year. Cadillac cited sluggish sales. Clay Dean, director of advanced design at Cadillac, attended a Cadillac event at Pebble Beach last weekend. He gave confirmation that Cadillac will offer more turbocharged vehicles. This report coincides with past ideas of a twin-turbocharged V6 being used on Cadillac’s rumored high-performance ATS-V.

This engine is likely to deliver about 400hp, guaranteeing that the 556-hp V8 engine that is used in the CTS-V is still exclusive to that model.

Cadillac had cited the upcoming third-generation CTS during the event. Presently, the CTS’s base engine is a 3.0L V6 that delivers 270-hp. A modification to the same turbocharged-four-cylinder engine used in the ATS would be an upgrade to its power as well as its fuel efficiency, which suggests that it may be available with a turbocharged engine soon.

With the new 2014 CTS sedan, Cadillac hopes to take the lead in the midsize luxury market. This latest offering comes with a higher level of luxury highly-advanced technology, and increased performance. Not only does the new CTS bring about a more evolved version of the Art & Science design philosophy of Cadillac, but the proportions are clearly lower, longer, and even more athletic, when compared to the previous version. Overall length has been increased by 5 inches (127 mm) with the wheelbase extended by 1.2 inches.

Both the roofline and the cowl, with the latter being placed at the windshield’s base, are now lower by 1 inch. Still, it manages to complement the added length and this highlights just how lean this model is. The 2014 CTS will be the third generation of this range and utilizes the rear-drive high-performance platform of the highly acclaimed ATS sport sedan. No wonder then why the brand is confident in joining the midsize luxury sedan segment, an esteemed class if there ever is one.

2014 CTS is expected to become the lightest model of the segment allowing it to have the most agile of driving dynamics compared to other models in the same segment. Helping emphasize the performance are the broad choices of power-dense powertrains. This includes the new Twin-Turbo engine from Cadillac which is paired to the automatic eight-speed transmission.

Going back to the dimensions, despite have the overall length and its wheelbase extended, the 2014 CTS has a curb weight that is surprisingly lower compared to the model before it. Compared to the BMW 528i for example, the new CTS is lighter by 200 lbs. (90 kg). This is because this vehicle has a number of lightweight features included like the door structures being made of aluminum.

Features like the one mentioned not only help lower the weight but also ensure a weight balance of almost 50/50. Furthermore, Cadillac said that the base models will have the Magnetic Ride Control, the brand’s very own damping system that works in real time. This will be the first time a CTS model will have such a system. While the 2014 CTS does have the shield grille and the well-known vertical lighting elements, which includes the signature LED lighting detail in the front, this has been evolved for this version.

The grille itself is now wider and has its texture show more detail. Meanwhile the headlamps go up to the hood line where there are integrated the crystalline LED light guides. This allows for an appearance that shows technological advancement while providing illumination at a more uniform level.

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