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2019 Cadillac CTS: Three Fewer Exterior Colors And Less Features

2019 Cadillac CTS: Three Fewer Exterior Colors And Less Features

Cadillac is removing a few features for the 2019 model year CTS, according to the most recent order guide for the vehicle published just a few days ago.

On the outside, the 2019 CTS loses the following three colors:

  • Phantom Gray Metallic
  • Silver Moonlight Metallic
  • Midnight Sky Metallic

What’s more, the CTS Morello Red Edition is removed from the list of features of the midsize sport-luxury sedan. The deletion of the Morello Red Edition also removes features specific to the package, such as the (oh-so-sweet) Recaro performance seats and black chrome grille with dark grillettes.

Download 2019 Cadillac CTS Order Guide

The Cadillac Society Take

The current CTS is coming to the end of its life-cycle, with 2019 expected to be the last model year of the third-gen CTS. As such, these changes aren’t exactly representative of the awesome, award-winning CTS “going out with a bang”.

Additionally, 2018 has been confirmed to be the last model year of the ATS and ATS-V Sedans, and 2019 will likely be the final model year of the ATS and ATS-V Coupes.

Cadillac is expected to replace the CTS and ATS lines with a single model called Cadillac CT5, which will likely be a “tweener” model – meaning that its size, price and positioning will slot between the current ATS and CTS sedans.

The new approach of positioning vehicles between segments is believed to be part of a new strategy at Cadillac that will aim to offer more “car” (in terms of size and features) than rivals, for a lower price – thereby taking the well-known “more for less” marketing approach.

Expect the 2019 CTS to begin landing on dealer lots in the third quarter of 2018. We have been told by sources familiar with the matter that the model will continue being produced for six months into the 2019 calendar year, after which point it will be discontinued and wholly replaced by the CT5.

The changes and updates listed here are for the U.S. market and may vary for other markets.
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Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.

8 Comments

  1. Not exactly going out with a bang, then. No special editions? People will wait a year in anticipation of the new latest and greatest. Kind of sad.

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  2. Thats the way to beat your competition. Offer less on your vehicles. Way to go Cadillac.

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  3. Hope this CT5 gamble pays off for Cadillac

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    • The ATS was a how low can you go model. New CT5 will go back to where the CT6 was in 2012. Good move if the backseat leg room is improved.

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      • I respectfully disagree.

        The ATS was the model that was supposed to take Cadillac into the biggest segment of the automotive luxury space – the C-segment that’s defined by the 3 Series and C-Class.

        From that standpoint, the ATS did that just fine… especially given that:
        1. The ATS was a product developed with very low/little resources during bankruptcy under at least 3 different product people,
        2. The ATS was Cadillac’s first-ever true entry into this segment, meaning it had nothing established in the space – zero awareness of the ATS, no awareness of Cadillac as an option in the segment, and no built-up customer base,
        3. The ATS benchmarked the outgoing-generation competitors; when those competitors got all-new models, they were all bigger and better than the ATS – which is mostly the result of short-sighted thinking and partially the resource problem outlined in item 1 above

        So in all, the ATS was a way to finally put Cadillac head-to-head with the best-selling cars of the industry. Cadillac can still go lower than the ATS. Let’s remember that below the 3/4 Series and C-Class there are the 1/2 Series as well as the A, CLA and GLA Classes, both of which are actually very good cars. The Audi A3 also plays in that space.

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  4. Well, its a matter of what people are willing to pony up the dollars for.
    Now, the new Caddy Monster with two V-8 turbocharged engines is due out soon.
    Price is said to be one hundred thousand and a bit. So now the question begs if you were going to spend one hundred grand on a car, would you buy a Caddy or swing over to a badge -snob name from Germany? However, if you could get a car that was almost as good as what Germany and Lexus build and get more features for a lot less money, that just may sway you to go Caddy. “You are out to buy a 535i nicely loaded for around 75 to 80 grand. You drive this new Caddy CT5 and discover it drives really close to a German car and has just as many features if not more and it costs 15 to 20 grand less. You might go, Caddy!”

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  5. I love my CTS it’s an amazing car I have a feeling the CT5 will fall short. No advertising for CTS Cadalliac was never given a chance

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    • Exactly! I have a 2014 CTS V-Sport and I get compliments still to this day. But I am still rooting for Cadillac. I see improvements

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