2008 Cadillac CTS

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What Changed for 2008:
  • The Cadillac CTS is completely redesigned for 2008

  • Triple-seal doors for a quiet interior

  • Optional UltraView double sunroof

  • All-new redesigned cabin

  • 17-inch wheels and tires

  • Bose 8-speaker sound system

  • Standard stability enhancement system

  • Tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • Polished aluminum exhaust tips

  • Optional 40GB hard-drive audio system
The 2003 CTS was the model that started the renaissance for the entire Cadillac brand, as well as the revival for General Motors, according to the company. It replaced the Opel-based Catera as Cadillac's entry-luxury offering. The original CTS featured breakthrough styling that put Cadillac back in the mix among entry luxury intenders. Since its introduction, sales have been steady, and the CTS has been a great asset to Cadillac's lineup. For 2008, the second-generation CTS offers evolutionary exterior styling along with new optional features, including a hard-drive audio system; adaptive front lighting that turns the headlamps with the steering wheel; and a Smart Remote system with EasyKey entry that allows drivers to lock/unlock and start the car without using a key.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Cadillac CTS is offered in one model, but with several choices within that model. First, choose from the 2.8-liter V-6 engine, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine (with port fuel injection), or the 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 engine-then choose between rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.

The new CTS design incorporates some of the styling elements from the award-winning Cadillac Sixteen concept vehicle, and include a vertical, dual-textured grille, sculpted fenders, and side air extractors. The 2008 CTS includes what Cadillac calls hand craftsmanship, incorporating hand-cut, -sewn, and -wrapped surfaces inside the cockpit. There's also a new interior design theme that blends sport and luxury, with metallic finishes, chrome accents, and standard Sapele Pommele wood panels.

Standard features include recessed interior LED lighting; leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls; air conditioning; high-intensity discharge headlamps; heated and ventilated seats; and 17-inch wheels on low-profile 235/55R17 tires.

Options on the 2008 CTS include a pop-up navigation screen, remote vehicle start, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround audio system, and a 40GB audio hard drive for music storage.

For 2008, Cadillac will offer three engine options in the CTS. First is a 2.8-liter V-6 engine with variable valve technology (VVT). It provides 210 hp and 194 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmission choices and EPA fuel economy figures for the base 2.8-liter V-6 engine were not available at the time of writing.

Available on the 2008 CTS from start of production is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with VVT with port fuel injection, providing 263 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque, a marginal increase over the 2007 model. EPA fuel economy figures for RWD models are 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for models equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates for AWD models are 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

Another 3.6-liter V-6 engine features direct fuel injection and bumps the power ratings to 304 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA fuel economy figures for RWD models are 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway for models equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates for AWD models are 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway. The direct-injection engine will fill the gap for those looking for high-end performance, since a V-Series of the CTS will not be offered in 2008. While the 2007 CTS-V kicked out 400 hp from a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, rumors are that the 2009 model will feature a new \"LSA\" supercharged V-8 engine, good for at least 500 hp. The 2009 CTS-V probably will feature paddle shifts for both the manual and automatic 6-speed transmissions, but for the regular 2008 CTS, no paddle shifters are offered. However, buyers can choose from either a 6-speed manual transmission paired with the rear-drive model, or a 6-speed automatic transmission with either front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive powertrain.

Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution are standard on the 2008 Cadillac CTS, and it features electronic stability control, traction control, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system as standard equipment. A segment-first, according to Cadillac, dual-depth front passenger air bag is standard, which can deploy in a small or large size based on seat position and seat belt use. The inflation energy of the bag also is adjusted to two different pressures based on the severity of the crash. The CTS comes with OnStar, which provides several navigation features, but the true benefit is automatic notification of air bag deployment, emergency services, accident assist, and roadside assistance.

The CTS for 2008 offers an integrated iPod/MP3 system that tailors the center console to the players. The portable units can be charged via a USB port that also shows the playlists on the car's touch screen, and the steering wheel controls can advance tracks on the vehicle's audio system. An optional navigation system features 3D imaging of more than 800 landmarks in 39 cities, traffic and weather data, and it can calculate the route 30 percent faster than the previous system, Cadillac says, all on an 8-inch high-resolution VGA info display touch screen.

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  • Name RWD w/1SA (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 33675.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/26
  • Name RWD w/1SB (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 35975.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 16/25
  • Name AWD w/1SA (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 33675.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
  • Name AWD w/1SB (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35975.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 17/26
  • Seats, front bucket includes 8-way power driver seat adjuster and articulating head restraints
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger manual recline
  • Seat, rear pass-through, center armrest
  • Armrest, front center
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
  • Console, floor with floor shifter, integral armrest, storage compartment and cup holders
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering column, manual rake wheel and telescopic
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, HVAC and cruise
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, engine water temperature gauge and Driver Information Center
  • Fuel gauge, analog
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Door locks, power programmable
  • Windows, power with front and rear Express-Down, front Express-Up and rear passenger lockout
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Trunk release, power
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Climate control, dual-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
  • Defogger, rear-window electric with front and side window outlets for the driver and right-front passenger
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with OnStar controls
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Wheels, 17" x 8" (43.2 cm x 20.3 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P235/55R17 H-rated all-season, blackwall
  • Sunroof, delete
  • Headlamps, halogen Tungsten, windshield wiper-activated with Twilight Sentinel and flash-to-pass feature
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent with washers
  • Engine, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 PFI (263 hp [196.1 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 253 lb-ft of torque [341.6 N-m] @ 3100 rpm)
  • Transmission, Aisin 6-speed manual (Must specify a transmission. Not available with (PDW) Performance Luxury Package or (Y42) 18" (45.7 cm) All-Season Tire Performance Package. Base MSRP includes (MN6) Aisin 6-speed manual transmission.)
  • Drivetrain, rear-wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Exhaust tips, polished
  • Engine, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 DI Direct Injection (304 hp [226.7 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 273 lb-ft of torque [368.6 N-m] @ 5200 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic (Must specify a transmission. Base MSRP includes (MX0) 6-speed automatic transmission.)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic for AWD (Must specify a transmission. (J55) performance brakes added at an additional charge when (MX7) 6-speed automatic transmission for AWD is ordered with (Y42) 18" (45.7 cm) All-Season Tire Performance Package. (J55) performance brakes is not an orderable option.)
  • Drivetrain, all-wheel drive
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic for AWD (Must specify a transmission. Not available with (PDW) Performance Luxury Package or (Y43) 18" (45.7 cm) Summer Tire Performance Package. (J55) performance brakes added at an additional charge when (MX7) 6-speed automatic transmission for AWD is ordered with (Y42) 18" (45.7 cm) All-Season Tire Performance Package. (J55) performance brakes is not an orderable option.)
    • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
    • StabiliTrak, stability enhancement system
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Daytime Running Lamps.
    • OnStar, 1-year of Directions & Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remo
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal driver, dual-depth frontal passenger with Passenger Sensing System, seat-mounted driver and right-front passenger side impact and front and rear outboard head curtain (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and outboard rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety sea
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
    • Child seat restraint system
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with single-slot CD player and MP3 playback with Radio Data System (RDS) and Bose 8-speaker system
    • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation. (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
    • Antenna, integral front and rear

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