2019 Cadillac CTS Specs, Release Dates, Prices

Precise craftsmanship, ingenious technology and assured performance coalesce in the 2019 Cadillac CTS. The lineup is offered in well-equipped standard models, along with Luxury and Premium Luxury models — and the twin-turbocharged V-Sport, offered in standard and Premium Luxury trims.

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Cadillac CTS is lighter than its primary competitors, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class, and its range of power-dense powertrains underpins its performance. At 134 hp, the base 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, delivering 90 percent of its peak torque from 2100 rpm to 5400 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque from 3000 to 4500 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi, which is designed to give the lightweight Cadillac CTS an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.

The 3.6L V-6 is the most powerful naturally aspirated V6 in its segment with SAE-certified output of 335 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-saving technologies include direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation). The Active Fuel Management system temporarily deactivates two of the 3.6L cylinders in light-load driving conditions to enhance fuel efficiency and seamlessly reactivate them when the driver demands full power.

Both the 2.0T and 3.6L V6 feature efficiency-enhancing Stop/Start technology, which shuts down the engine in certain driving conditions, such as stop-and-go city driving, to reduce fuel consumption.

The 2019 Cadillac CTS V-Sport features a Twin-Turbo V6 engine. Rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, it provides CTS with a performance level between the CTS luxury sport sedan and the exclusive CTS-V super sedan. A 3.6L with 118 horsepower per liter, it is the most power-dense six-cylinder engine in the midsize luxury segment.

A pair of smaller turbochargers and an efficient charge air cooler on the Twin Turbo V6 help provide immediate power delivery. Additionally, approximately 90 percent of the Twin-Turbo’s peak torque is available from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm, giving the engine a broad torque curve that customers will feel as strong, willing power in almost all driving conditions, such as accelerating or overtaking traffic on the highway.

Paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmissions are matched with all 2019 Cadillac CTS engines, with the higher-performance V-Sport featuring a specific, higher-capacity version. A wide, 7.0:1 overall ratio and numerically lower top gear enhance efficiency by reducing engine rpm on the highway — a trait that also contributes to reduced noise. The CTS eight-speed transmissions also feature world-class shift times and responsiveness.

ENGINE

2.0L Turbo DI VVT

3.6L V-6 DI VVT

Twin-Turbo 3.6L DI VVT

Displacement

122 cu in / 1998 cc

223 cu in / 3649 cc

217 cu in / 3564 cc

Bore & stroke

3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86

3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8

3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

Block material

cast aluminum

cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

cast aluminum

Cylinder head

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; Active Fuel Management

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

268 hp @ 5600 rpm

335 hp @ 6800 rpm

420 hp @ 5750 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

295 @ 3000-4500

285 @ 5300

430 @ 3500-4500

Recommended fuel

premium

regular unleaded

premium required

DRIVETRAIN

Layout

Front engine, rear/ all wheel drive

Front engine, rear/ all wheel drive

Front engine, rear wheel drive

Transmissions

Eight-speed automatic

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (city / hwy/ comb)

RWD

21 / 30 / 25

19 / 29 / 23

14 / 21 / 16

AWD

21 / 29 / 24

18 / 26 / 21

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PERFORMANCE

 

 

 

Max. Speed

135 mph

150 mph

171 mph

Zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec

5.7 sec

4.5 sec

Zero to 100 mph

16.4 sec

13.9 sec

10.3 sec

Standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec @ 94 mph

14.2 sec @ 101 mph

12.9 sec @ 112 mph

 

EXTERIOR

Linear elements, including an uninterrupted feature line that runs from the headlamps to the taillamps, emphasize the 2019 Cadillac CTS long, lean proportion and contribute three-dimensional qualities to its surface. 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 are available.

The first-, second- and third-order bezel elements within the taillamp housings offer a distinctive rear signature for the Cadillac 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:

  • Cadillac’s upscale grille design, with Galvano chrome finish on CTS, Luxury and Premium Luxury grilles and a unique grille with black chrome accents on V-Sport and V-Sport Premium Luxury

  • Active aero grille shutters standard on CTS, Luxury and Premium Luxury (not included with Driver Assist package or V-Sport)

  • 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 –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.

Exterior color choices include: Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Stellar Black Metallic, Black Raven and Silver Moonlight Metallic.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The spacious, driver-centric cockpit interior in the 2019 Cadillac CTS combines 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. Several distinctive interior environments, including five 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 and high-gloss Sapele wood trim or aluminum trim

  • Jet Black with Jet Black accents and Natural Sapele wood trim or carbon fiber trim

  • Very Light Cashmere with Jet Black accents and Black Olive Ash wood trim

  • Jet Black with Morello Red accents and carbon fiber trim

  • Kona Brown with Jet Black accents and Natural Elm wood trim

The 2019 Cadillac 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. Sixteen-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. Additional interior features include:

  • Available Rear Camera Mirror

  • Standard Rear Vision Camera

  • Automatic 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 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 11-speaker sound system and available Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 13 speakers

  • Available full color Head-Up Display and 12.3” HD reconfigurable cluster

  • Wireless Phone Charging

  • Available Automatic Park Assist (includes front, parallel and perpendicular)

SAFETY FEATURES

Available advanced safety technologies – including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors – help protect occupants before, during and after a collision. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and can even assist to help the driver avert potential crashes. Among the most sophisticated of the features is front and rear automatic braking, which automatically applies the brakes in potential collision situations to help reduce damage or help avoid a collision with vehicles directly in front or behind.

Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages. The Driver Awareness package is standard with Luxury, Premium Luxury, as well as V-Sport. It includes:

  • Safety Alert Seat

  • Side Blind Zone Alert

  • Lane Change Alert

  • Lane Keep Assist

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Forward Collision Alert

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

  • IntelliBeam high-beam control

  • Rainsense wipers

The Driver Assist package is available on Premium Luxury and included on V-Sport Premium Luxury and includes all of the Driver Awareness package content, plus:

  • Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control

  • Automatic safety belt tightening

  • Front and rear automatic braking

The advanced technologies complement the 2019 Cadillac CTS other safety features, including 10 standard airbags, safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, Rear Vision Camera, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented Duralife FNC-treated brake rotors and auto-dry brake functionality.

The 2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan offers Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to park itself in parallel and 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.

PRICING NOTES

The 2019 Cadillac CTS has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $47,000 for a base 4-cylinder model. Destination charge regardless of model is $995. The CTS Luxury trim begins at $52,695, while the Premium Luxury model is over $60,000. The V-Sport CTS models with the twin-turbo V6 begin over $61,000, and the top-spec V-Sport Premium Luxury model cost over $71,000.

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