Cadillac is making a handful of changes to the CTS-V Sedan for the 2019 model year, according to the most recent order guide for the vehicle.
On the outside, two colors are removed while two new ones are added:
- Phantom Gray Metallic
- Vector Blue Metallic
- Velocity Red
- Wave Metallic
The final change to the 2019 CTS-V is the deletion of the Champion Edition is deleted. Introduced for the 2018 model year to celebrate Cadillac’s success in the IMSA racing series, the package included:
- Luxury Package
- Carbon Fiber Package
- Advanced Security Package
- UltraView power sunroof
- Performance data and video recorder
- Recaro performance seats
- Jet Black with Morello Red accents interior
- 19″ x 9.5″ front and 19″ x 10″ rear polished finish alloy wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets
- Black chrome grille
- Red Brembo calipers
The Cadillac Society Take
The current CTS and CTS-V are coming to the end of their respective life-cycles, with 2019 expected to be the last model year of the third-gen CTS and CTS-V. As such, these changes aren’t exactly representative of the awesome, award-winning CTS-V “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 same will likely ring true for the expected CT5-V, which will replace the ATS-V and the CTS-V.
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-V 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. A CT5-V will likely come to market within 24 months of the launch of the “regular” CT5. Notably, Cadillac has yet to officially refer to the CT5 by name, or confirm that a high-performance CT5-V is part of its product plan.