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2009 Cadillac CTS Arrives Shortly - (UK)

August 7th, 2008
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* Dramatic new exterior design for luxurious rear-wheel drive Cadillac saloon
* Lavishly equipped, sophisticated and hand-crafted leather trimmed interior
* New 311 ps 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine with direct injection and variable valve train
* Six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode (with paddle shift on 3.6)
* Two right-hand drive models on sale in September 2008, from £26,995 (OTR)

The all-new 2009 Cadillac CTS luxury saloon arrives in UK showrooms from 1 September 2008. With a dramatic coupe-like profile, the new right-hand drive CTS has a lavish specification as standard. Prices will start at £26,995 for the 211 ps 2.8 V6 model and at £32,995 for the 311 ps 3.6 V6 model. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. An advanced 2.9 litre V6 diesel engine will join the new CTS line-up in 2009.

When it made its debut in 2002, the first CTS helped change the perception of the brand throughout Europe and the US. Now the all-new model arrives, redesigned from the ground up, with new world-class engines and transmissions and dramatic new styling inside and out. The new 2009 Cadillac CTS, manufactured at the award-winning GM Lansing Grand River Assembly Center, is destined to change the perception of the brand once again.

Both front-engine rear-wheel drive sport saloon models feature a single premium ‘Sport Luxury’ specification with a class-leading level of standard equipment, exceptional refinement, and a performance-oriented driving experience.

Standard equipment on both models is so comprehensive that the factory options list has only two items – other than choice of paint finish, which includes nine solid, metallic, Tri-coat, Tintcoat, and ChromaFlair® colours. Option 1 is the power glass ‘Ultra View’ sunroof that covers more than 70% of the roof, giving both front- and rear-seat passengers a sky view, and costs £1,200. For £495 customers can specify Option 2, the ‘Sapele Pommele’ wood finish on the instrument panel, door trims and centre console.

The 3.6 model has all the features of the 2.8, but also comes with paddle shift controls for the six-speed automatic transmission, high-performance tuned self-levelling rear suspension, chrome finish for the 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome-tipped exhaust tail pipes, and voice activation for the infotainment system.

Extending Cadillac’s design language
The new 2009 CTS has an athletic form that reflects its combination of luxury and performance.

The evolved styling theme has produced a ‘faster’, coupe-like profile, while the more sculpted bumpers emphasise the car’s wider track and enhanced chassis dynamics. Distinguishing details include side air extractors that recall a styling element from Cadillac’s 2003 ‘Sixteen’ concept car.

The new model is longer, wider and higher than the previous CTS, giving a more planted, well-grounded appearance. The wider stance is also accentuated by increased tumblehome, with the vehicle sides sculpted inwards to give a more dynamic appearance and a sleeker roof line, without compromising headroom or the spacious interior.

The ‘tauter’ more precise styling of the 2009 CTS is complemented by the larger diameter wheels and tyres which completely fill the smoothly flared wheel arches. Shod with low profile 235/50 R18 tyres, the nine-spoke, 18-inch wheels – with premium multicoat paint on the 2.8 and a high-polish finish on the 3.6 – are in turn packed with larger, high-performance brake callipers and ventilated discs.

Advanced manufacturing techniques at the award-winning GM Lansing Grand River Assembly Center further enhance the quality of the exterior finish. For example, an innovative laser-brazing technique affixes the roof panel more crisply, and means the exterior roof surface delivers an uninterrupted, class-A surface across the top of the vehicle.

Craftsman tailored interior
The 2009 CTS cabin represents an evolution for Cadillac interiors. Advances in surface development, technology, materials and construction, all combine to highlight technical precision with elegant, hand-crafted details and precise tailoring.

The cabin features Cadillac’s new ‘cut-and-sew’ interior process that combines advanced technology with the hand-rendered precision of expert craftsmen for a superb, tailored finish to the leather trim. This exquisite detail continues on the heated leather seats, which – in the front – also feature eight-way power adjustment and two-position memory for the driver’s seat.

The centre console with a satin metallic finish sweeps smoothly into the low, laid-back integrated centre stack, providing a sporty ‘cockpit’ feel for the driver and passenger without compromising space. The tri-barrel analogue instrumentation, defined by bright chrome accents, is tightly framed with a compact cowling that adds to the car’s sporting feel.

Interior comfort is further assured with dual-zone automatic climate control and cruise control. Clean, white ambient LEDs recessed between the upper and lower instrument panel combine with subtle illumination in the door pulls and footwells to create discreet theatre-style night lighting. Each of these features are standard on the new CTS which is offered with a single premium ‘Sport Luxury’ trim level specification.
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