• Jun 26th 2006 at 8:06AM
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Several readers have emailed us with a link to this forum thread at GM Inside News, which features a new spy shot of the '08 Cadillac CTS interior. The photo, apparently shot while the car was testing at the Nurburgring, is of the same interior that Bob Lutz showed Steve Kroft a mock-up of during the now-famous 60 Minutes segment (click to view promo with RealPlayer) that sent enthusiasts and bloggers into a tizzy back in April.

The leather-covered dash and snazzy center stack are clearly visible, and it's clear that what we're seeing is likely the most well-executed GM interior yet. Over the last couple of years, we have seen immense strides in that department by the General. The Pontiac G6 and Solstice, the Saturn Aura, Sky and Outlook, the Buick Enclave concept and the Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade have really set the stage and raised expectations. When this CTS finally makes its formal first appearance, its interior will probably be in a class all its own.

Between the undisguised looks at the front end and interior provided by Lutz and the numerous spy photos which are appearing in different outlets on a regular basis, the level of anticipation surrounding the CTS replacement continues to steadily build. And based on what we've seen so far, it looks like The General's doing its best to simply blow us away come next year's auto show season.

[Source: GM Inside News Forums]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Guys, about the plastic quality. You absolutely cannot make any judgement based on what you see on a tester. A lot of times they just use the cheapest finish in the right shape on prototypes while the OEM and vendor hash out material and texture details. Half the time the cars actually roll into the studios ready to be shot for brochures and advertising with these cheap rubbery materials still on them, keeping the Photoshop wizards busy retouching everything.

      Granted, Cadillac doesn't have the best record when it comes to the final materials, but these photos can only tell you about shapes and some plans for trim, nothing else.

      That said, it is a vast improvement isn't it? It would be nice to see the CTS get the IP it has always deserved. Steering wheel is a little clunky looking though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow! That thing is beautiful, it has a very personal look. I hope they show this car in Jan 07 at the show and get it to the showrooms quickly. I Can't wait.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The interiors of the G6 and Aura are not those cars' strong points. In fact, the G6's interior might cost it more sales than any other aspect of the car aside from the Pontiac brand.

      Link to my review of the G6 on this page:

      • 9 Years Ago
      There is some seriously ugly silver colored plastic around the shifter, a la Saturn Sky. Otherwise, it's a huge step up from the current CTS interior. I am glad the steering wheel is finally "balanced" -- in the current model, the side spokes are attached much too low, making the wheel look comical ( http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2006/Cadillac/100616649/20030108-E.jpg )

      • 9 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the finished product as well as the new interior. I hope they have a coupe and hard top convertible soon.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks like the same trim that's on the door, door handle, steering wheel...etc. Ugly?? Not sure about that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And I don't mean the turquoise lighting on the gauges. Specifically the readio unit itself looks like GPX made it in the 1990's.

      I tried to find a GPX in turquoise and apparently they moved on and Durabrand took that market: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4366683

      Yup. GM is 15 years behind Durabrand/Toyota interiors.
      • 9 Years Ago

      It looks nice - HUGE improvement over the current CTS. I think this go around the CTS with this interior will be a true competitor to the 3-Series, the IS350 and the G35. BTW, I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw that Aki of all people likes the CTS! hahahaha.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The point about the nasty silver plastic is well taken. Toyota LOVES the stuff, and there is nary a PEEP about it. Why so?
      Anyway, this is not about Toyota.
      I sincerely HOPE that GM uses LEATHER and ALUMINUM on the interior. NO silver plastic and fake stitching.
      GM has an uncally ability to let you down in the cruellest and most hurtful of ways. They REALLY know how to stick a knife in and twist it hard!
      They will KNOWINGLY put silver plastic in this thing, with the knowledge that we expect them to take such a shortcut.
      GM costcutting is always IN YOUR FACE!
      They should advertise on it--not that GM even knows what an ad is or what it should do.
      (I mean, where in the dark, vile recesses of the human mind would one conjure up an interior like the current CTS? Where? Who in the design studio looked upon that abomination with pride?)
      Why has GM not shown ONCE in a DECADE or TWO that they have ANY idea that hard, Rubbermaid plastics are NOT cool?
      The whole company is like a PERSISTENT idiot.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with the comment on the plastic. When is GM going to start offering quality in it's flagship cars instead of all this plastic? There is no difference from the entry level Chevy to Cadillac.
      In a few years the silver finish on the plastic will have rubbed off and will be squeaking and rattling. I see the nice little gagets but the material is still junk. They are still building cars with only the first owner in mind. These desposable cars with be a nightmare for future collectors. I wish they would build cars to last so we could have something to look back on.
      • 9 Years Ago
      you're so sad Lithous. get a life.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Please, please, PLEASE can we leave irrelevant Toyota products out of the conversation ANY time a GM product is mentioned?"

      Of course you didn't get the comparison. The comparison was to perception and remarks. The point no matter what, some people are going to try and make ever effort GM does to be a losing one.

      But a high end Camry starts to touch the price of a low end CTS (certainly within $2500) so they aren't totally irrelevant products.
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