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.
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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.