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Cadillac: What's new for 2009

Super CTS-V, and will they build the CTS coupe?


2009 Cadillac CTS-V front-left view

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

Photo © General Motors


CTS: The Summer Performance Package now includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

CTS-V: (photo) The hot-rod version of the new-for-2008 CTS is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 putting out 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. While the previous CTS-V was only available with a manual transmission, the new CTS-V offers the buyer a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. The specially-tuned suspension features Magnetic Ride Control, a brilliant technology (already in use on the Chevrolet Corvette and Buick Lucerne) that allows near-instant changes in shock absorber behavior.

CTS SPORT WAGON: Cadillac has announced a station-wagon version of the CTS sedan for 2010. Though slightly shorter than the CTS sedan, the CTS Sport Wagon will offer 25 feet of cargo space and a choice of 3.6 liter V6 engines with indirect (263 hp) or direct (304 hp) fuel injection systems. A 2.9 liter turbodiesel is planned for Europe; Caddy has announced no plans to bring the diesel Stateside. The CTS Sport Wagon is expected to arrive in Cadillac dealerships in spring 2009.

DTS: The DTS gets interior trim revisions, new wheels, a "speed limit advisor" that works via the satellite radio, and three new exterior colors. The brake rotors are made with a new process that inhibits rust.

ESCALADE: A new Escalade 2-Mode Hybrid boasts 50% better city fuel economy estimates, while the 6.2 liter V8 can now run on E85. The Escalade Platinum Edition gets LED headlights. Other new features include real-time traffic via XM satellite radio, a Side Blind Zone Alert system, and power-adjustable tilt steering column.

SRX: No changes. A new version of the SRX will debut in 2009 as a 2010 model.

STS: No significant changes.

XLR: (photo) The Corvette-in-a-tux gets tweaked styling inside and out.


CTS COUPE: Cadillac showed the CTS Coupe Concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and while nothing has been confirmed, it is expected that the car will debut as a production model in 2009 or 2010, possibly with the name CTC.

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