Cadillac has just spilled the beans on how it plans to keep its MVP fresh for the 2012 model year. The recipe for the 2012 CTS lineup hinges on a new Touring package (from $2,065) that adds many of the features of the high-performance CTS-V range without adding any actual power.

Offered on all three bodystyles, the CTS Touring pack includes such niceties as a buttoned-up suspension (presumably not the actual magnetic ride control setup at the CTS-V given the price), faux suede inserts on the seats and steering wheel, Sapele wood trim and metal pedal pads. The extensive package also includes exterior touches like HID headlamps, dual exhaust, a darker grille finish, different wheel packages and a decklid spoiler cribbed from the V.

There are some equipment differences with the Touring Package depending on whether you stick with the base 3.0-liter V6 or opt for the 3.6-liter. The 3.0-liter package costs less at $2,065, but the 3.6-liter Touring group ($2,810) also includes grippy Recaro seats and larger 19-inch wheels shod in either summer or all-season tires. While we'd much rather have the 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 of the real-deal CTS-V, either package seems like a screaming deal for all of the extra equipment.

For 2012, General Motors has also updated the entire CTS range with Bluetooth as standard fit and added blind spot assist and rain-sensing wipers to the options list. New paint colors include Opulent Blue Metallic, Black Diamond Tri-Coat and Mocha Steel Metallic. Pricing starts at $36,790 for the sedan, $39,590 for the rakish coupe and $39,890 for the Sport Wagon.
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New Touring Package Models Enrich Cadillac CTS Lineup
Performance elements from V-series offered for standard models from $2,065

2011-12-22

DETROIT – Cadillac is offering some of the performance elements of its V-series product line on standard 2012 CTS models through the new Touring Package Sedan, Coupe and Wagon starting at $2,065.

The new CTS Touring Packages include such luxury features as Recaro seats, microfiber suede inserts on the seats and steering wheel, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, a performance-tuned suspension, a V-series aerodynamic spoiler and performance wheel packages.

"One of the best aspects of high-performance machines like the V-Series is that they bring new elements into the brand that enrich the rest of the breed," said Cadillac Vice President of Marketing Don Butler. "The new Touring Packages give CTS buyers access to some desirable V-Series elements, in a more-approachable format."

CTS Sedan and Sport Wagon come with either a 3.0L or optional 3.6L engine, both Direct Injection V-6 units, while CTS Coupe comes standard with the 3.6L engine. Each engine now will have its own Touring Package available:

The 3.0L V-6 touring package option retails at $2,065 and includes 18-inch pearl nickel finish wheels; dual exhaust; dark finish grille; HID headlamps and fog lamps; V-Series aerodynamic center high mounted stop lamp (except Sport Wagon); suede seat inserts, steering wheel and shifter; midnight Sapele wood trim and metal pedals.

The 3.6L V-6 Touring Package option retails at $2,810 and features Recaro performance seating, suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim and metal pedals. The 3.6L Touring Package also gets a dark finish grille, V-Series aerodynamic center high mounted stop lamp (except Sport Wagon) and the 19-inch polished wheels with either summer tire performance package or all season tire package.

With 318 horsepower from the 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine, the CTS accelerates from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds, and comes with optional all-wheel-drive and FE3 performance suspension designed for agile cornering and braking. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission are also included in the FE3 performance package.

Other new CTS features for 2012 include standard Bluetooth connectivity, optional RainSense Wipers and Side Blind Zone Alert (Coupe) along with new colors: Opulent Blue Metallic; Black Diamond Tri-Coat and Mocha Steel Metallic.

Suggested retail prices including destination charges for the 2012 models start at $36,790 for the CTS Sedan, $39,590 for the CTS Coupe and $39,890 for the CTS Sport Wagon.
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the CTS is the best American car in terms of competing with European luxury brands. Very similar levels of performance, dynamics, luxury, and even fit and finish compared to the Big (German) Three, all the while costing quite a bit less. Usually, American cars match the numbers and performance of European rivals at a screamingly low price, yet resultantly have embarrassing interior quality or imprecise driving dynamics. The Euro rebuttal: Yes, your $40K Mustang is every bit as fast as my $60K M3, but the M3 is a more comprehensively well done car, and money isnt an issue, perfection is. The CTS doesnt seem to have any glaring holes in terms of refinement, and single handedly makes Cadillac relevent. I'll take a manual AWD CTS 3.6 Touring, seems like the perfect year round car.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        There are no sticks on the new 3.6 engine, you'd have to get a used year old one. There are no sticks on AWD CTSes (like AWD BMWs or AWD Infinitis for that matter). If you want a CTS stick right now you're looking at a 3.0L RWD model.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Oh, and no sticks in wagons either (except for -Vs).
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the best overall car GM makes? I happen to think it is - especially given the engine options and dollar for dollar value against the competition. I'm happy to see that they're keeping it fresh until the next gen model arrives.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was about to complain that the Touring Package doesn't include LSD, then I realized LSD is already part of the Sport Package. Good job, Caddy! BMW doesn't even offer optional LSD on non-M cars. Ya, Ultimate Driving Machine...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
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        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Every CTS with a 3.6L (or 6.2L) engine OR the sport package has a real mechanical LSD.
          Jake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          According to the website, LSD is optional on the RWD 3.6 and only standard on the V.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Jake, you're right. And I checked for 2011, it appears to be the same there. In 2010, every CTS with either a sports package or 3.6L engine had an LSD (G80). I guess that's not the case anymore.
      David H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Adding V-series styling cues will make the actual CTS-V even more stealth than before. I kind of like this option for the normal CTS and I don't at the same time. It's a tough call... Looks nice though.
      phillip
      • 3 Years Ago
      would def take the 3.6 touring package coupe over an audi a5 for sure and defeinently over a 3 series coupe
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, great performance upgrade deal, only thing I wish for is upgraded brakes as well. (even if it's just better brake pads and rotors) All you need is a "V" badge now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
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      EJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this car, but I wish it had better looking wheels...
      ScottK
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like a hot hotch but a nice hot hatch
      Go5go
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there an aftermarket instrument panel without the tunnel vision tubes for the CTS?? That is my pet peeve with this car. Never been a fan of it on any car.
      mikoprivat
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a beautiful car!!!
      Thunder938
      • 3 Years Ago
      All I will say is great for the CTS, I have a 3.6DI Performace package wagon. My car has the FE2, which is very nice, firm but not hard. Great car.
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car always looks sick
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