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New for 2011-Cadillac

New for 2011-Cadillac

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Cadillac welcomes an all-new CTS Coupe and CTS-V Sport Wagon

All models feature standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance and next-generation OnStar technology

2011 Cadillac ModelsHistory
Cadillac is the luxury marque of General Motors, an American automaker based in Michigan. The company was founded in 1902, more than a century ago, making it one of the world's oldest brands still making automobiles. Cadillac was originally launched by a mechanic (Henry Leland) who sold the company to General Motors in 1909.

The new automaker soon established Cadillac as a premier luxury brand and builder of fine coaches. In addition to its historical significance, Cadillac pioneered some of the industry's first full electrical systems, steel roofs (replacing canvas or wood), and it is credited with engineering many transmission improvements. They were also a noted engine builder; in 1930, the company introduced the first V-16 powerplant. Its V-8, V-12 and V-16 engines solidified the company's reputation on a global basis.

After the Second World War, American-built Cadillac models were noted for their distinctive styling, with plenty of bright chrome and tailfins on some models. During the 1950s, the automaker had some of its best-selling years.

Today, Cadillac manufactures a range of passenger automobiles and sport utility vehicles. These include coupes, 4-door sedans, wagons, and SUVs with up-to-8-passenger seating capacities. Models include those with front, rear, and all-wheel drive. Cadillac vehicles are manufactured in North America and sold around the world.

2011 Cadillac Models at a Glance:

  • CTS Coupe-All-new model for 2011
  • CTS Sedan/Wagon-All-new CTS-V Sport Wagon debuts
  • DTS-Mostly a carryover
  • Escalade-Mostly a carryover
  • SRX-Minor changes and upgrades
  • STS-The V-8 engine is dropped, and there are minor changes

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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

The Cadillac CTS Coupe is an all-new-for-2011, midsize 2-door model based on the 4-door Cadillac CTS Sedan (the platform is also sold as a wagon). At the 2008 North American International Auto Show, held early 2008, Cadillac unveiled a special concept Coupe (next to its all-new CTS-V Sedan). The 2-door was well received, so the automaker pushed it into production.

Like the sedan, the CTS Coupe is offered with a choice of engines, transmissions, and rear- or all-wheel drive. According to the automaker, the CTS's main competition comes from the BMW 3 Series Coupe, Audi A5 and Infiniti G37 Coupe. The new CTS Coupe, in base trim with a 304-horsepower engine, essentially matches those competitors in power. Taking it one step further, the CTS-V Coupe-with a 556-horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine-upgrades power substantially.

Highlights:

  • All-new model for 2011
  • Two models: CTS Coupe, CTS-V Coupe
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 304 horsepower (CTS Coupe)
  • Standard 6.2-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 556 horsepower (CTS-V Coupe)
  • Standard 6-speed manual or automatic transmission (depending on engine)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Optional all-wheel drive (CTS Coupe, not available on CTS-V Coupe)
  • 4-passenger seating

2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan/2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

The Cadillac CTS is a midsize sedan that was first introduced for the 2003 model year as a replacement to the Cadillac Catera, a rear-wheel-drive sedan that was based on the European Opel Omega. The CTS sedan offered a balance of luxury and performance that was missing at that time from the automaker's lineup. This new direction was further solidified in 2004, when Cadillac introduced the CTS-V model, with a V-8 powerplant.

The second-generation model-and current platform-debuted for the 2008 model year. The redesigned model was bigger (competing with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class) and offered more luxury features. Furthermore, while the previous generation was only offered with rear-wheel drive, the replacement was available with all-wheel drive. The CTS Sport Wagon, a wagon variant, was introduced for the 2010 model year. Like the sedan, it will be offered with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

For the 2011 model year, Cadillac is introducing the CTS-V Sport Wagon (sharing mechanicals with the CTS-V Sedan), and making numerous improvements to both models.

Highlights:

  • All-new Wagon for 2011
  • Four models: CTS Sport Sedan, CTS-V Sport Sedan, CTS Sport Wagon, and CTS-V Sport Wagon
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 270 horsepower (CTS Sport Sedan, CTS Sport Wagon)
  • Optional 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 304 horsepower (CTS Sport Sedan, CTS Sport Wagon)
  • Standard 6.2-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 556 horsepower (CTS-V Sport Sedan, CTS-V Sport Wagon)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (not available on CTS Sport Wagon)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (optional on CTS-V Sport Sedan and CTS-V Sport Wagon)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Optional all-wheel drive (CTS Coupe and CTS Sport Wagon models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance that covers scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection for 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • NEW Rear-vision camera now available on sedan models; models without navigation include a rearview camera display in the rearview mirror
  • NEW Standard Rear-vision camera (CTS-V Sport Sedan)
  • NEW Optional heated steering wheel (CTS Sport Sedan)
  • NEW Optional 19-inch all-season tire and wheel package (CTS Sport Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon AWD and RWD models)
  • NEW Exterior colors: Carbon Flash Metallic and Evolution Green Metallic
  • NEW Ninth-generation OnStar technology

2011 Cadillac DTS

2011 Cadillac DTS

The Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury sedan and the largest car in the automaker's lineup for 2011. First introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the Cadillac DeVille, the DTS is built on a front-wheel-drive platform (as was its predecessor).

The first-generation DTS is fitted with a standard V-8 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The "Northstar" 4.6-liter V-8 engine is available in two configurations: the 292-horsepower L37 and the 275-horsepower LD8. The L37 version is responsive, with more peak horsepower, and the performance-oriented LD8 puts more emphasis on quick launch and part-throttle response with greater peak torque, says the automaker. The DTS and DTS Platinum feature standard wheelbases, while the DTS-L has been stretched 8 inches to increase rear passenger room.

Like all other Cadillac models, the 2011 DTS benefits from standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance and the ninth-generation OnStar technology.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three models: DTS, DTS Platinum and DTS-L
  • Standard 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 275 horsepower (DTS and DTS-L models)
  • Standard 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 292 horsepower (DTS Platinum model)
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive
  • 6-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance that covers scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection for 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • NEW Ninth-generation OnStar technology

2011 Cadillac Escalade

2011 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size sport utility vehicle, and the flagship of the Cadillac model range. When Lincoln launched the Navigator in the late 1990s (built on the Ford Expedition platform), Cadillac was building its own competitor based on GM's Suburban platform. The first Cadillac Escalade debuted in 1999. Since both SUVs were up-market models of existing sport utility vehicles, their gestation period for development was very short. In addition to the aforementioned Lincoln, the Escalade also competes with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and more.

The Escalade is offered in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations with 8-cylinder power or a fuel-efficient hybrid option. Now in its third generation, last redesigned for the 2007 model year, the Escalade has been fitted with a standard 6.2-liter V-8 (an engine not offered on Chevrolet or GMC SUVs) or the choice of hybrid power. The Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT ride on an extended wheelbase, for more cargo capacity.

Updated for the 2010 model year, the 2011 Cadillac Escalade receives minor changes.

Highlights:

  • Carryover for 2011
  • Nine models: Escalade 2WD, Escalade AWD, Escalade ESV 2WD, Escalade ESV AWD, Escalade EXT AWD, Escalade Hybrid 2WD, Escalade Hybrid AWD, Escalade Platinum Hybrid 2WD, and Escalade Platinum Hybrid AWD
  • Standard 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 403 horsepower (Escalade models)
  • Standard 6.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 322 horsepower (Escalade Hybrid models)
  • Standard 2-mode hybrid with electrically variable transmission (EVT) and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (Escalade Hybrid models)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (Escalade models)
  • Standard electronically variable transmission (Escalade Hybrid models)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD models)
  • 8-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance that covers scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection for 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • NEW Ninth-generation OnStar technology

2011 Cadillac SRX

2011 Cadillac SRX

The Cadillac SRX is a midsize crossover that was first introduced in 2004. For its development, General Motors used the Cadillac CTS platform as the basis for the SRX, which means that it rides on a car-like unibody platform, with a rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrain. Like its competition, the first-generation model was offered with a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder power and an optional sport package.

An all-new, second-generation model debuted for the 2010 model year. The new crossover, designed to compete with the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, BMW X3 and X5 models, is built on a platform shared with the upcoming Saab 9-4X. While the styling was freshened, GM dropped the Northstar V-8 engine in favor of a turbocharged V-6 rated at 300 horsepower (the standard model is fitted with a naturally aspirated V-6).

The SRX receives several revisions for 2011, with a number of new features and modifications that make the vehicle more responsive and technologically advanced, says Cadillac.

Highlights:

  • Several changes for 2011
  • Two models: SRX FWD and SRX AWD
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 265 horsepower
  • Standard 2.8-liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (a different brand for each engine)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance includes scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection for 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • NEW Rear-vision camera standard across the range (image projected in rearview mirror)
  • NEW Full keyless access standard on luxury and performance models
  • NEW Two exterior colors: Black Ice Metallic and Mocha Steel Metallic
  • NEW Powertrain calibration enhancements to improve acceleration (3.0-liter models)
  • NEW Cargo fence for U-rail system standard on all trim levels

2011 Cadillac STS

2011 Cadillac STS

The Cadillac STS is a full-size luxury sport sedan that was first introduced for the 2005 model year as a successor to the Cadillac Seville. Unlike the full-size, front-wheel-drive Cadillac Seville (and Cadillac DTS), the STS is offered with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. While Cadillac offers two full-size sedans in 2011, the more traditional Cadillac DTS is focused on a luxury ride and features, while the Cadillac STS is aimed at those looking for a luxury sport sedan (e.g., BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS, Infiniti M, et al).

Cadillac offers the STS in standard and Platinum trim levels. The STS Platinum model offers distinctive luxury touches, such as 18-inch wheels, leather-wrapped interior, an Alcantara headliner and special badging. Early STS models were fitted with a standard 4.6-liter "Northstar" V-8 engine, but this has changed this year as the automaker is only fitting the STS with a 302-horsepower V-6 powerplant for 2011. Like the rest of the Cadillac lineup, the STS also receives Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance and the next-generation OnStar technology.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Four models: STS V-6 RWD, STS V-6 RWD Platinum, STS V-6 AWD, and STS V-6 AWD Platinum
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 302 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (STS V-6 RWD and STS V-6 RWD Platinum models)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (STS V-6 AWD and STS V-6 AWD Platinum models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance that covers scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection for 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • NEW Ninth-generation OnStar technology includes significant voice recognition improvements
  • NEW All V-8 models eliminated

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