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.
What the hell is going on at Cadillac. Just look at this statement you posted……”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.”…..So we are going to replace ATS and CTS with something in between them and call it “more for less” and GM and Cadillac mgmt. expect it to be a sales success. with no Coupes, no V-Sport, or “V” models, or PHEV’s for at least a year. Why is Cadillac sooo slow at bringing new cars to market? The automotive publications are full of new vehicles coming from MB, Audi, BMW, Lexus, Porsche, and you name it…
Here’s another stuoid statement…..” We have been told by sources familiar with the matter that the model will continue being produced for six months into the 2018 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″….
I’m sure you meant the “2019 calendar year”…doesn’t anyone proof read your sh++? Soo after six month in 2019 the CTS-V will be dumped and replaced with …….nothing. The ordinary CT5, probably without a V8 option, or V-Sport will not be landing for 2 MORE YEARS. So the CT5, in 4 dr. sedan form only, will carry the load, by itself for two years and replace 3 vehicles, ATS Sedan, ATS Coupe, and CTS Sedan, not to mention the “V” Series, for 2 YEARS. I’m sure the dealers will love this….
It is any wonder nobody respects Cadillac,and are flocking to the above mentioned vehicles dealerships?…….
To address your second statement first: yes, I meant the 2019 calendar year and have edited the article to reflect this.
And yes, someone does “proof read [our] shit”, but oversights are sometimes made. Thank you for your understanding of the matter.
Other than that, I should say that we have yet to see the entire product plan… so they might actually have a transition plan from ATS/CTS to CT5 that will potentially be better/smoother than what it currently seems based on the information we have been able to gather.
Outside of that, very few people make purchase decisions on what will happen… heck, the overwhelming majority doesn’t even know that the ATS and CTS will be replaced by the CT5… so I do not think your statement of…
“It is any wonder nobody respects Cadillac,and are flocking to the above mentioned vehicles dealerships?…….”
… is well-placed. That said, I also feel your frustration. I’m hoping that the lead time between the regular CT5 and the CT5-V won’t be as long as it was for the ATS and CTS. Here’s to hoping.
I really cant understand why Cadillac takes such a long time in bringing in new models and trims. The excuse in the past was it takes time to develop a luxury brand on par with the Germans. Now it seems Cadillac is changing its tune and want to be a tweener value luxury brand which is an oxymoron. They tried that strategy in the past and didnt work out. It trulu seems like they really dont know what the hell luxury us anymore.
Honestly they should sell it off to someone with the cojones to make them the standard of the world again. Frankly i dont believe Cadillac will ever return to greatness under the leadership and ownership of the “new” GM.
Depends on what you mean when you say it’s taking them a long time to bring new models to market… the change-over from ATS to CT5 will have been seven years and from CTS to CT5 will have been six years… both well within the regular time frame to turn a new model.
I do believe Cadillac is getting there… but the changes and improvements won’t take place over night.
Rather, they will take place over generations of products. The first-gen CTS was okay and got the ball rolling… the second-gen CTS was decent and pushed that ball further. The third-gen was the best car (that no one bought), but did push the envelope further still.
Right now, they are focused on getting crossovers out the door, for which GM mismanaged the forecast back in the 2009-2010 timeframe. Something tells me that the XT5, XT4 and upcoming XT6 are not the crossovers they really want to build, but are instead the ones they can build with the current platform availability (given that Alpha doesn’t support crossovers, another mistake that took place back in 2009-2010). The new crossovers will, however, pay the bills, while the upcoming VSS-R (vehicle set strategy – rear) initiative should help standardize all future Cadillacs on a single, proper rear-drive architecture while allowing the team to get the models out the door faster.