For 2017, the Cadillac CTS gets a makeover with revised front and rear ends, an extra two gears and gets the amazing rear camera mirror. But above everything else it retains their naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 which in our opinions is as good as the CT6’s new 3.0 Twin Turbocharged engine.
2017 Cadillac CTS Review
Cadillac’s foray into the mid-sized luxury sedan segment has been met with success in this region. And why shouldn’t it, lately Cadillac has been daring greatly into transforming its image of a car for the elders to being a more premium sporty brand, more in-line with today’s youth and beyond. Cadillac these days are not just for the retired. With the likes of CTS-V, where the CTS gets a beefier driveline and with an excess of 600 horses which propels this sedan into the Godly territories of the German super-sedans, mainly Mercedes’s E63 AMG and BMW’s M5.
The versatility of the CTS’s platform is that it actually supports three engine types; well 4, for other regions. In the middle-east you get the 2.0L turbocharged which is good for 268Hp to the CTS-V which comes with a mammoth tire shredding 640Hp. For this review we opted for something in between, and in the form of a naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 good for a healthy 335Hp and 386Nm of torque. Our 3.6L V6 gets mated to Cadillac’s a new 8 speed automatic transmission for better fuel consumption and a more responsive shifting that the older generation 6 speed autos which the current generation CTS was launched with. The CTS also features Cadillac’s game changer Magnetic Ride Control which monitors the road a thousand times per second and adjusts its suspension according to the road surface conditions.
This Magnetic Ride Control is what has changed the perspective of Cadillac these days. The ride quality is not bouncy like the Caddy’s we remember when we were growing up. I remember the rather bouncy feel of the Cadillac Deville DTS which I used to rent from Enterprise Rentals in Toronto and it was perfect to smoothen out Toronto’s rough roads into a smooth and silky ride, but it was just that, a smooth ride. There was no character to the car. These days, Cadillac has invested on “feel of the drive”. The Magnetic Ride does just that. When the road is smooth, the ride is firm yet supple and when the road does get bouncy, that’s pretty hard to get here in the UAE, but when it does the suspension absorbs the rough edges and smoothens the ride out. It is a balanced mixture of tautness with road feel that we liked about the new generation of Cadillac’s which has this suspension.
The 3.6L V6 is gusty and provides power in a seamless push that belies its 335Hp capacity, we reckon that it feels closer to 400Hp, truly. Put the gear shifter on manual and engage the paddle shifters, one can truly experience what Cadillac is trying to tell its customers and everyone else. The ride is more European if you catch our drift. It’s like Cadillac is trying very hard to grab a big bite out of the German trio. The new direction is just a start, it is a strong push from Cadillac in getting the formula right. And this takes a lot of brilliance, matching the German’s at their game was never going to be easy.
As we have mentioned before many times, cars these days are considered by today’s fussy buyers not because of their looks and their heart, it’s also decided on how connected the car can be. The 2017 Cadillac CTS of course has the CUE System, and now it can fully integrate and iPhone or any Android phone, courtesy of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We should also point out that the 3D Navigation system which is built in with the CUE would play second fiddle to Google Maps when the phones are connected.
But this is what we are talking about these days, this is the present. The CTS not only presents itself as a car but also provides connectivity and comfort to its passengers. Whether you need a large trunk space or a powerful AC to battle the heat here in Dubai, the CTS has got your back. And with a starting price of AED 164,500 it is a bargain.
Price and Specs: 2017 Cadillac CTS Review
|2017 CADILLAC CTS|
|Gearbox||8 Speed Auto|
|Rated Output||335 Hp|
|Rated Torque||386 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.1 seconds|
|Fuel Consumption||13.8L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Price (AED)||Starts from 164,086|
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