The third-generation CTS sedan is Cadillac’s next big project since the brand’s XTS and ATS sedans have already hit the market. General Motors design chief Ed Welburn said that the appearance of Cadillac’s top-selling sedan will be “more sophisticated” and “more premium.” The Cadillac CTS has reaped several achievements since it first came out in 2002.
It led the way for a new era of design for the Cadillac. In fact, its angular, chiseled look persists until today. Interestingly, the CTS is very different from its German and Japanese rivals in the sport luxury sedan segment in terms of appeal. Nevertheless, the CTS required an update since the second-generation Cadillac CTS starting to show its age while the first-generation model is clearly not fresh anymore.
Another issue is that the ATS and XTS sedans now look better than the CTS. When interviewed by Automotive News, Welburn said the new car, which will arrive in late 2013, will appear more mature, a look similar to the 1987 model. To distinguish itself from the ATS sedan, the Cadillac CTS will be bigger by half a size. It will then be able to go up against the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.
Welburn said that it will have a more sophisticated body surfacing and won’t anymore have the sharp angles that define Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy. The new Cadillac CTS has been spied while running laps at the Nürburgring. It’s obviously bigger but no design details were seen because it was disguised.
New Cadillac CTS sedan has been designed to harmoniously fuse convenience, comfort and safety into a well-crafted interior that boasts of a flowing design. It is also equipped with an array of active safety features that couldn’t provide alerts but also intervene as needed.
One of the technological highlights of the new CTS luxury sedan is the so-called Cadillac User Experience infotainment system. CUE employs controls and commands similar to that of tablets and smartphones to allow users’ access information and entertainment data to be displayed on an eight-inch, high-resolution color touch screen with haptic feedback.
CUE comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity – with natural voice recognition -- USB and SD card ports. For those who want a greater view, a configurable 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD instrument cluster display is available. This large display offers four layouts – such as basic and performance-oriented – each boasting of graphics customized according to the desired level of information. Cadillac is also offering a configurable head-up display (HUD).
The new Cadillac CTS sedan marks the debut of the Automatic Parking Assist in Cadillac vehicles. This employs ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car – which means that the new CTS is capable of parallel parking. The driver only needs to engage reverse and then press both the accelerator and brake pedals.