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US vehicles : Cadillac CTS: The What-That-Car

What kind of car is that? This is a familiar question for anyone riding a Cadillac CTS. Because the Cadillac look is still unfamiliar to many. And many have big problems with the type designations of the latest generations of the traditional American luxury brand. If you still hear names like Seville, Eldorado, Fleetwood and De Ville in your ears, you often find yourself helpless in the face of abbreviations such as DTS, STS, CTS, BLS, SRX and XLR.

The new generation of the CTS is a classic representative of the upper middle class and Cadillac's second largest model for the European market. This puts it in exactly the class in which Cadillac finally wants to really establish itself here in Europe.

The means for this purpose is, in addition to the unmistakable, angular, bulky look, an all-round European look in the interior, as well as equipment and technology on a par with the competition, paired with driving behavior that can also convince in the Old World. And, not a matter of course for a vehicle made in the USA: the quality of the materials and workmanship can certainly keep up with the European competition - this was confirmed by the first acquaintance with the latest CTS, which has grown by a few centimeters in all dimensions. The Cadillac is powered by two V6 engines - a 2.8-liter with 211 hp and a state-of-the-art 3.6-liter direct injection petrol engine with 311 hp. Classically installed lengthways and combined with a six-speed manual transmission, they drive the rear wheels of the CTS. Of course, a six-speed automatic is also available for both engines. And the larger engine is also available in conjunction with all-wheel drive for an additional charge.

An elaborate chassis with a modern multi-link rear axle gives the CTS all-round European driving characteristics. An ABS with brake assistant, the electronic stability program Stabili-Track and traction control help the driver to keep the CTS on course even in difficult situations. And, also not a matter of course for US vehicles: Thanks to the powerful engine, the Cadillac also allows a sporty pace if you want it. Because the top model reaches 248 km / h and is from a standstill to 100 km / h in six seconds. But even with the smaller V6 you are sufficiently fast for the sprint to 100 km / h with a maximum of 226 km / h and 8.2 seconds - and also very comfortable. However, the machine burns an average of 11.9 liters per 100 kilometers. This translates into CO2 emissions of 284 grams per kilometer.

Cadillac offers the new CTS in two trim levels, Elegance and Sport Luxury. And even with the simpler one, you can already feel that touch of luxury that belongs to a Cadillac. The standard equipment includes, among other things, a two-zone automatic air conditioning, an eight-way electrically adjustable driver's seat, a leather steering wheel that can be adjusted in two levels, cruise control, a Bose sound system with eight speakers, an audio system with a six-disc CD changer and MP3 player as well as 18- Inch alloy wheels.

The Sport Luxury equipment also includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, electrically adjustable front passenger seats and electric lumbar supports - if you opt for the all-wheel drive version, you can also look forward to polished alloy wheels and automatic level control. As with all Americans, however, the shelves are scarce. Finally, the navigation system deserves plus points, which is surprisingly simple - in contrast to the previous systems, whose menu navigation was confusing. An all-round noble car that can keep up with the European competition. Even more so, since all of this is also offered at comparatively attractive prices: The Cadillac CTS is available from 36,290 euros, and for the all-wheel drive with the large V6 you have to put 49,090 euros on the table. And last but not least, you get a vehicle in which you can be sure that it will attract curious and questioning looks wherever you stop.

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