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The Cadillac CTS coupe might be new, but the wagon and especially the sedan has been around for a few years now. So it was about time for a mid life nip and tuck.
So for the 2012 model year, the CTS range will be sporting a new grille. According to Cadillac, premium finishes have been added to highlight the combination of mesh and grille better. A newly tweaked logo has also been introduced with brighter colors and raised ridges.
A touring package is also available which has a darker grille and 19-inch alloy wheels on the outside, while the interior gets suede inserts on the seats, shift-knob and steering wheel, plus some extra bits like dark sapele wood and steel pedals. Bluetooth is now standard and the curvy coupe model now gets a blind spot monitoring system.
A much more welcome upgrade is received by the motor. It remains a 3.6-liter, direct-injected V6, but whereas the old motor produced 304-hp and 273 lb/ft of torque, the new and improved motor will produce 318-hp and 275 lb/ft of torque. The power gains are modest, but since the aluminum motor now sports a composite intake manifold and a lighter front cover, this engine is 20.5 lbs lighter than it used to be. Fuel economy has slightly improved also, with EPA averaging 18-mpg for the city and 27-mpg for the highway.
There is some bad news for the enthusiasts though, Cadillac is dropping the six-speed manual option with the 3.6 motor, blaming lack of sales. Thankfully the V-versions will still be available with a manual gearbox, and we hope it stays that way.
Look for the facelifted CTS to hit showrooms very soon.
PLUS, Production Version of CTS Coupe Expected
Cadillac has announced that it will show the production version of the new CTS Sport Wagon at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this January. Considering the American luxury brand announced production plans for the Caddy wagon months ago, it is also expected that a second model, the CTS Coupe, will be unveiled.
CTS SPORT WAGON
Cadillac says the CTS Sport Wagon is aimed at expanding the new CTS product line to a wider audience. It is important, however, that the car remain just as sporty as the sedan. That being said, it will initially be offered with the same 304hp direct injection V-6 engine found in the sedan, with a 255hp V-6 coming afterwards.
The real surprise, however, is that the CTS Sport Wagon is actually shorter than the sedan (by 0.3-inches) and yet it has almost double the cargo space – 25 cubic feet to be exact.
As for the CTS Coupe, expect to see a slightly revised C-pillar and rear quarter panel area but don’t count on the 2.9-liter turbo-diesel engine shown in the concept in Detroit in 2008. The 304hp direct injection V-6 is the likeliest engine option.
Official CTS Sport Wagon release after the jump: