2015 Cadillac CTS Updated With New Badges, LED Brake Lights, Exhaust Details and Cabin Tech



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Light updates and upgrades for the 2015 CTS, detailed below.

Mechanically, the cars stay exactly the same as the 2014 models. But there are tweaks front and rear to the style, 4G LTE and active safety upgrades inside, and a new satin-effect for the window brightwork that replaces the previous chrome.

Out back, the exhaust finishers are altered slightly, as is the central high-mounted LED brake light.

Based on thee images and the lack of the 2015 CTS in Pebble Beach last week, we specualate that the 2015 CTS is still about a month away from dealerships. Ballpark a late September arrival nationwide, or use this model-year tweak to negotiate a huge discount on the current CTS.

Cadillac has far too much inventory of the ELR, as many have noted. But the 2014 ATS and CTS are also more than twice as plentiful as sales planners would like on Cadillac dealer lots.

2015 Cadillac CTS

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Cadillac CTS Sedan – 2015

New for 2015

  • Revised grille with new Cadillac crest

  • Available Cadillac DockSpot wireless phone charging

  • Text Message Alerts integrated with Cadillac CUE

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (3GB/three-month trial)

  • Perpendicular parking feature added to available automatic parking assist

  • Lane keep assist and lane change alert safety features added to available Driver Awareness package

  • Exterior colors: Crystal White Tricoat and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic

  • Revised interior color and trim combinations

2015 CADILLAC CTS SEDAN ADDS CONNECTIVITY, SAFETY TECHNOLOGY TO AWARD-WINNING LUXURY SPORT ARCHITECTURE

The Cadillac CTS Sedan returns for 2015 with enhancements that build on the package of engaging performance, elevated luxury and sophisticated technology that helped make it the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

Indeed, with its striking design and lightweight, rear-wheel-drive-based architecture – offered with three powertrains – the CTS stands out among the world’s best midsize sedans with a distinctive, satisfying blend of luxury and sport. It is lighter than its primary competitors, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class, and its range of power-dense powertrains underpin its performance, including Cadillac’s Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, a roomy, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology and hand-crafted appointments complements the exterior and supports the CTS sedan’s driving experience. Eight interior environments are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline leather, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions.

The 2015 CTS lineup is offered in well-equipped standard models, as well as Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections – and Vsport, which features the twin-turbo/eight-speed transmission combination as its exclusive powertrain. It helps the CTS Vsport reach 60 mph in an estimated 4.4 seconds and achieve an estimated top speed of 172 mph (277 kph).

New OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as enhanced features for Cadillac CUE, bring greater connectivity and convenience to CTS drivers and passengers.

CTS design and exterior features

Linear elements, including an uninterrupted feature line that runs from the headlamps to the taillamps, emphasize the CTS’s long, lean proportion and contribute three-dimensional qualities to its surface. The sense of flow over the CTS sedan is furthered, too, with a “trapped” hood design – surrounded completely by sheet metal – that eliminates the forward cut lines between the grille and headlamps.

Cadillac’s signature bold vertical lighting elements – including LED front signature lighting details – evolve with headlamps that flow up and with the hood line. The headlamp housings incorporate crystalline LED light guides in the upper and lower forward corners, bringing uniform white illumination without hot spots and serving as the daytime running lamps.

Projector-beam halogen headlamps are standard and high-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting System are available.

At the rear, first-, second- and third-order bezel elements within the taillamp housings offer a distinctive rear signature for the CTS when illuminated. LED lights within crystalline blade structures ensure a crisp, uniform appearance and the Cadillac script is etched in the upper illumination blade.

Additional exterior features include:

 

  • Revised grille design with new Cadillac crest for 2015; Galvano chrome finish on base model grille and black chrome finish on Vsport grille

  • Active aero grille shutters standard on base, Luxury and Performance Collections (not included when Driver Assist package is selected on Performance Collection; not included on Vsport)

  • Available illuminating door handles with Galvano polished aluminum finish

  • Rainsense automatic windshield wipers included with Driver Awareness package

  • Seamless Galvano aluminum trim around the side windows that reinforces CTS’s craftsmanship with the “line weighting” of an artist’s pencil – it’s thicker in some areas and thinner in others to emphasize different proportions

  • Chevron-shaped center high-mounted stop lamp is inset in the leading edge of the trunk lid for a more elegant, integrated appearance

  • Through-fascia trapezoidal exhaust ports are accented with chrome trim

  • Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with 18- and 19-inch wheels available.

Ten exterior colors are offered: Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic (new), Crystal White Tricoat (new), Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Grey Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Black Diamond Tricoat, Opulent Blue Metallic and Silver Coast Metallic.

CTS interior design and features
The CTS’s roomy, driver-centric cockpit interior blends technology and hand-crafted appointments to support the driving experience. It’s an intuitive and connected cabin, with asymmetrical features that focus the controls and displays on the driver – reinforced with authentic materials and refined amenities to give it character that is distinctive in the segment.

An industry-exclusive, one-piece wrapped upper instrument panel flows from the base of the windshield down to the base of the center stack, while the “brow” over the instrument cluster reaches across the center stack, exemplifying the asymmetrical cues. The center stack and the wider center console that blends with it are designed around Cadillac’s CUE connectivity and controls system, which features a high-resolution eight-inch touch screen.

In front of the driver, a blend of analog gauges and a 5.7-inch driver information center display is standard, while other models feature a 12.3-inch color reconfigurable screen with four levels of information displays: simple, balanced, performance or enhanced.

Eight distinctive interior environments – including six two-tone combinations – are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions. The range of interior environments reflects the ambience of customers’ driving experiences, from relaxed touring to serious performance.

Interior color and trim choices include:

 

  • Light Platinum with Jet Black accents

  • Jet Black with Jet Black accents

  • Twilight Blue with Jet Black accents

  • Light Cashmere with Medium Cashmere accents

  • Jet Black with Morello Red accents

  • Kona Brown with Jet Black accents.

CTS sedan also offers full-leather, 20-way adjustable front seats, which includes 14 power-assisted adjustments, a manual cushion length extension and four-way manual headrests. The 20-way full-leather seats are available, with 16-way adjustable seats standard with leather seats. The CTS’s standard seats feature 14-way adjustment and all seats were designed to deliver segment-leading comfort and craftsmanship. Heated and ventilated front seats are standard with leather seating and rear heated seats are available.

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Additional interior features include:

 

  • Heated and ventilated front seats with leather seating surfaces and heated steering wheel 

  • Hand-wrapped and motorized cup holder lid in the center console that operates with a light touch, much like inserting a disc into a DVD player

  • Adaptive remote start feature that also activates the climate control system

  • Electrically actuated and locking glove box – with LED lighting and two tiers of storage – leads a list of multiple storage compartments that also includes a compartmentalized storage area in the center console, lit map pockets in all doors and a hidden storage area behind an articulating climate control/radio control panel

  • Storage under the center armrest includes auxiliary power points, including SD card, auxiliary jack and USB ports

  • Available indirect LED ambient lighting in the instrument panel, door panels, foot wells, door map pockets, various storage locations and the front door sills – where the Cadillac script is illuminated

  • Available tri-zone climate system includes vents in the rear of the center console for greater rear-seat comfort

  • Available manual rear door shades and power-operated rear window shade

  • Electronic park brake

  • Standard Bose eleven-speaker sound system and available Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 13 speakers.

The CTS Sedan offers Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to park itself in parallel and – new for 2015 – perpendicular spaces. It uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car into the space, with the driver only required to select the gear and apply the accelerator and brake pedals. Ultrasonic rear park assist is standard.

Cadillac CUE and new OnStar 4G LTE

Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the CTS’s comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles. It is standard on all models and collections, with features including new Text Message Alerts. With a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), you can listen to important texts and respond with a preset message. It enables voice-controlled connectivity to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

The new, available Cadillac DockSpot magnetic inductive charging system is a wireless phone charger that allows users to simply place their phone on a small mat in the CTS, where it charges without the need to plug it in.

The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. A navigation system is also available with the standard model and Luxury Collection; it is standard with the Performance and Premium Collections and Vsport models. 

Complementing CUE to enhance the CTS’s connectivity is new OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware. And with OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

At the time of purchase, one year of OnStar Directions and Connections includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation.

Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer, simplifying service scheduling.

 

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2015 Cadillac CTS – TECH SPECS

Overview

Model:

Cadillac CTS Sedan

Body style / driveline:

four-door luxury sport luxury sedan, RWD/AWD

Construction:

unitized welded steel body with direct-mounted front cradle and rubber-isolated, multi-link independent rear suspension

EPA vehicle class:

midsize car

Manufacturing location:

Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Mich.

Engines

 

2.0L Turbo DI VVT

3.6L V-6 DI VVT

Twin-Turbo 3.6L DI VVT

Displacement (cu in / cc):

122 / 1998

217 / 3564

217 / 3564

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86

3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

Block material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

Fuel delivery:

direct high-pressure fuel injection

direct high-pressure fuel injection

direct high-pressure fuel injection

Compression ratio:

9.5:1

11.5:1

10.2:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

272 / 203 @ 5500
(SAE certified)

321 / 239 @ 6800
(SAE certified)

420 / 313 @ 5750 (SAE certified)

Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

295 / 400 @ 1700-5500 (SAE certified)

275 / 373 @ 4800 (SAE certified)

430 / 583 @ 3500-4500 (SAE certified)

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

regular unleaded or E85

premium required

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

7000

7200

6500

EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):

20 / 30 RWD
19 / 28 AWD

18 / 29 RWD
18 / 26 AWD   

16 / 24

Transmissions

Type:

Paddle-shift six-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Paddle-shift eight-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Gear ratios (:1):

 

 

First:

4.06

4.60

Second:

2.37

2.72

Third:

1.55

1.86

Fourth:

1.16

1.46

Fifth:

0.85

1.23

Sixth:

0.67

1.00

Seventh:

0.82

Eighth:

0.69

Reverse:

3.20

4.06

Final drive ratio:

3.45 (RWD)
3.27 (AWD)

2.85

Chassis/Suspension

Configuration:

rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

Differential:

open differential (RWD/AWD) or optional electronic limited-slip (FE3/Vsport)

Front:

FE2: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar or uplevel optional Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts 
FE3: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints, direct-acting stabilizer bar and Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts

Rear:

FE2: independent five-link with twin-tube shock absorbers or uplevel optional Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks
FE3: independent five-link with Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks

Steering type:

ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist

Steering ratio:

FE2 RWD: 16.5
FE2 AWD: 16.2
FE3 RWD: 15.4

Steering turns, lock-to-lock:

FE2 RWD: 2.6
FE2 AWD: 2.8
FE3 RWD: 2.5

Turn circle (ft / m):

FE2 RWD: 37.1 / 11.3
FE2 AWD: 39 / 11.9
FE3 RWD: 36.7 / 11.5

Chassis control:

four-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control

Brakes

Type:

four-wheel discs; front: 4-piston aluminum Brembo fixed calipers; rear: single-piston cast iron sliding calipers; four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP

Rotor type and  thickness — front (in / mm):

standard: 12.6 / 321 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum dual-piston calipers
uplevel: 13.6 / 345 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum dual-piston calipers

Rotor type and  thickness – rear (in / mm):

standard: 12.4 / 315 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; aluminum single-piston calipers
uplevel: 12.4 / 315 vented, with Ferritic Nitro Carburized process for corrosion resistance; single-piston, cast iron sliding calipers

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type:

17 x 8.5-inch aluminum
18 x 8.5-inch aluminum
18 x 9.5-inch aluminum (rear wheels on Vsport)
19 x 8.5-inch aluminum

Tire size:

245/45R17
245/40R18
275/35R18 (rear tires on Vsport)
255/35R19

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

114.6 / 2910

Length (in / mm):

195.5 / 4966

Height (in / mm):

57.2 / 1454

Width (in / mm):

72.2 / 1833

Track (in / mm):

front: 61.4 / 1560
rear: 61.7 / 1568

Base curb weight (lb / kg):

3616 / 1640 (2.0L Turbo RWD)
3772 / 1711 (2.0L Turbo AWD)
3757 / 1704 (3.6L RWD)
3889 / 1764 (3.6L AWD)
3952 / 1793 (3.6L Twin-Turbo)

Weight distribution
(% front / rear):

50 / 50

 

Interior

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 42.6 / 1081
rear: 35.4 / 899

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 39.2 / 995
rear: 37.5 / 952

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 56.9 / 1446
rear: 54.8 / 1392

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 53.8 / 1366
rear: 53.3 / 1353

Capacities

Seating capacity
(front / rear):

2 / 3

EPA passenger volume
(cu ft / L):

97 / 2746

EPA trunk volume
(cu ft / L):

13.7 / 388

Trailer towing maximum
(lb / kg):

1000 / 454 (3.6L)

Fuel tank (gal / L):

19 / 72

Engine oil (qt / L):

2.0L Turbo: 5 / 4.7 (RWD); 6 / 5.7 (AWD)
3.6L: 6 / 5.7 (RWD & AWD)
3.6L Twin-Turbo: 7 / 6.6

Cooling system (qt / L):

2.0L Turbo: 9 / 8.5
3.6L: 11.9 / 11.3
3.6L Twin-Turbo engine: 11.9 / 11.3
3.6L Twin-Turbo charge cooler: 1.7 / 1.6

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