The Cadillac CTS | Part Two

Cadillac CTS

 

A European style of driving with sporty, agile handling, was the guiding principle for the CTS designers, who created a sophisticated rear-wheel drive chassis with near-perfectly balanced weight distribution – 53 % front, 47 % rear. Specially designed for European requirements, the suspension guarantees good ride comfort, even on poor-quality surfaces and with the car fully loaded.

All CTS models are factory-fitted with the Nivomat self-levelling rear suspension system from the German company Sachs Automotive. The StabiliTrak stability control system is fitted as standard. It increases driving safety and control in high-speed swerves or sudden avoidance manoeuvres, maintaining the stability of the car through precise application of the brakes on individual wheels and if necessary retarding the engine timing.

The CTS’s Sigma platform is the first time ultra high-strength steel has become an integral part of a GM product. Ultra high-strength steel permits the use of thinner, lighter steel, which reduces mass yet still allows proper energy absorption and reduces intrusion into the passenger compartment in an accident.

The distinctive styling cues of the Cadillac CTS are also reflected in the interior design, the new instrument cluster and a three-spoke steering wheel with V-shaped airbag cover. The centre console features displays for the sound system, climate control and the optional navigation unit, all ergonomically arranged within the driver’s view. A leather interior is standard on the Sports Luxury models.

The Cadillac CTS is distinguished by generous interior space for a performance saloon, comfortably accommodating five people. The cabin measures a generous 1075 by 940 mm, while front shoulder room is also exemplary at 1438 mm. The boot has a VDA cargo rating of 420 litres while fold-down 60/40-split rear seats means the cargo capacity can be further increased with ease.

Standard equipment includes six of the latest technology airbags. The two dual-stage front airbags inflate according to crash severity to avoid unnecessary injuries during minor collisions. Side-on impacts trigger front seat-mounted side airbags and roof-mounted curtain bags which inflate between the A- and C-pillars to ensure that all occupants are protected. Because they inflate over a large area, the air cushions also protect the heads of smaller passengers.

The Cadillac CTS is built at the General Motors Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan, alongside the 400hp V8 powered CTS-V (the most powerful Cadillac production car ever), SRX luxury crossover vehicle and STS luxury saloon. The plant is one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art assembly plants in the world. It was awarded the prestigious Gold Plant Award as a leader in initial vehicle quality among luxury nameplates, following the 2004 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study.

The On-the-Road Prices for the highly specified and equipped CTS are:

Cadillac CTS 2.8 V6 Elegance £24,850
Cadillac CTS 2.8 V6 Sports Luxury £27,350
Cadillac CTS 3.6 V6 Sports Luxury £29,850
Published 14 May 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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