The 2008 Cadillac CTS is coming out. Reviews are being published as I write this and the car is being pretty well received.
The only interest that I have in this car is what technology GM are debuting on it that should be passed on to the next Saab 9-5 when it comes out. And there’s several things I’ve spotted so far that are worth a look.
This process, which uses higher pressures in the fuel rail to inject fuel directly into the combustion chamber in a similar manner to how diesels work, is the latest revolution in gasoline engine technology. The CTS with the 3.6DI engine gets “a 15-percent increase in horsepower, an 8-percent increase in torque, and a 3-percent improvement in brake-specific fuel consumption.”
I’m no techie, and I don’t know how turbocharging might inter-relate with this DI technology, but if that’s the sort of numbers that DI alone can bring to the CTS’s V6, then who knows what Saab’s ingenious engineers can do when they compliment the system with turbocharging. The XWD system will make it all fun, too.
Yes, actual integration with a real Apple iPod, just like other manufacturers do. And about bleedin time, too!
Via USB and auxiliary ports located in the center console, these devices can receive battery charging. With a special cord developed by GM and available at Cadillac dealers only for the CTS, iPod users can plug-in for full integration. This cord features the proprietary iPod output on one end, and both USB and auxiliary plugs on the other. This enables full integration of the iPod – including advancing tracks via the car’s steering wheel or console controls, along with battery charging, and of course, audio output.
There will also be facilities for people to store music or record digital radio onto a 40GB hard drive in the car. There’s a USB connection for transferring music files onto the hard drive and the CD player will be able to rip files onto the hard drive.
From the CTS press material:
Clean, white ambient LED light pipes are recessed between the upper and lower instrument panel. The result is a dramatic effect similar to indirect lighting used in contemporary homes. Subtle backlighting positioned in the door pulls and footwells completes the theater-style night lighting.
We’ve heard from Djup Strupes on this site already that the 9-5 will feature an interior that draws quite a lot of inspiration from the Aero-X. The use of lots of glass and lighting was one of the Aero-X interior’s features, so I’d definitely expect some serious lightpipe work to be incorporated into the next 9-5.
One thing that I can’t see in any of the press material so far is the mention of Bluetooth. People have previously referred to Bluetooth as being something that GM would offer on the 2008 CTS, however I’m drawing a blank from the press material I’m reading. It does have OnStar, of course.
I’ll keep looking for it.
UPDATE: “S” has advised via email that Bluetooth is not expected on the 2008 CTS, but in 2009, when a source he spoke to advised it should also be available on the 9-3 – Interesting!
Cadillac and Saab both have new 2008 models. The CTS for Caddy and the 9-3 for Saab, though the Saab looks like it’s more of an extended mid-cycle-enhancement compared to the CTS.
It’s no surprise that Caddy gets to debut the DI technology, but I shouldn’t whine too much as Saab got to debut XWD. Here’s hoping that one day, sooner rather than later, Saab customers will get to benefit from having both technologies available in one car.
I’d expect that the next 9-5 will definitely incorporate these new features as seen on the CTS, and hopefully quite a few more new innovations as well.