Will Most Likely Continue With the Current Exterior Styling For the CTS In 2016

What changes will make it different?

It doesn’t sound as though there will be much happening here for the 2016 edition, other than the introduction of a CTS-V that should make Caddy fans more than happy. The CTS midsize sedan used to be available in wagon and coupe versions as well, but both were dropped for the ’15 model year. The CTS entered its third generation as a 2014 model and underwent only a handful of upgrades for ’15. There may be some more minor tweaks for 2016, but the spotlight will shine on the new V.

Why should I wait for the 2016?

If you have no interest in taking on the Dodge Charger or Challenger Hellcats in a drag race anytime soon, there’s not much reason to hold on until the ’16 model year of the sedan comes out. If you’re hoping for a new generation of the coupe version to arrive, the wait might be long. We’re not even sure if it will ever arrive, and if it does, it might not be until the 2017 or ’18 model year.

Should I buy a 2015 model instead?

If you like the way the third generation looks and rides, you may as well buy now. However, if you long for a more aggressive and brutish look and have the funds, you might want to wait for the V model.

Will the styling be different?

The second generation of this car really did cut a swathe through the accepted design philosophy for midsize sedans when it first saw the light of day, but that look was significantly toned down with the third generation. It’s unlikely that Cadillac will backtrack in any way, especially since the manufacturer appears to be concentrating heavily on the V model.

Any mechanical changes?

The ’15 version was pretty much a carryover in terms of mechanical features. And with so much focus on the V, don’t look for a mechanical overhaul in model-year 2016. The V is expected to get the 6.2-liter V-8 that will be the big feature of the new Corvette Z06, and it should deliver somewhere in the region of 600 to 620-horsepower in the Cadillac. It may not equal the 707-horsepower model-year ’15 Charger Hemi Hellcat, but you’ll get a lot more luxury.

Will fuel economy improve?

With the engines and transmissions likely to carry over, the gas mileage won’t really improve. If fuel economy is important to you and you fancy a sedan, the model to go for is the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo rear-wheel drive, which delivers a relatively good 20 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. If you choose the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, which is good for 420-horsepower and 430 pound feet of torque, prepare for economy figures of around 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Will it have new features?

The ’15 edition has just about every feature imaginable, so there isn’t much else that can be added. If you want more than, say, OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, lane keep assist and lane change alert safety, Cadillac DockSpot wireless phone charging, and text message alerts integrated with the Cadillac CUE and Perpendicular parking feature, you’d better call NASA.

How will 2016 prices be different?

The base 2.0-liter rear-wheel drive version rose in price by only a couple hundred dollars for 2015, and unless Cadillac has some changes up its sleeve that we’re not aware of, things should stay about the same in ’16.

When will it come out?

The V’s expected release date should be in the middle of 2016, as should the standard model’s.

Best competitors

BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, Lexus GS350, Audi A6

What changes would make it better?

Although the fuel economy isn’t too bad, it would still be nice to see some tuning tweaks deliver at least a mile or two more to the gallon. The biggest thing Cadillac could do, however, is bring the styling closer to that of the previous generation. Those brutal angles that made the CTS look like a stealth battleship set the Caddy apart from everything else out there. Although the 2015 model bears a strong resemblance, it’s just not the same.

Quick hit

The development of the CTS is taking a bit of a back seat to the V. Then, of course, there’s the all-new flagship C6 model, which is set to elevate the brand to higher standards of opulence and technology than anything we’ve seen so far from the luxury U.S. brand.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]