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The 2012 Cadillac CTS lineup gets V-Series inspired Touring package

The Cadillac CTS lineup has become the crown jewel of General Motors’ luxury brand and for the 2012 model year, the CTS sedan, sport wagon and coupe will all benefit from a trio of new exterior colors and – most importantly – the new CTS Touring Package that offers some features from the high performance Cadillac CTS-V.

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The 2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Package is available on any of the 2012 CTS models, including the sedan, coupe or sport wagon and this sporty package is offered with either the 3.0L or 3.6L engine option (the 2012 CTS Coupe is only available with the 3.6L V6) although features vary slightly depending on which engine is chosen. All 2012 Touring Package models come with a specially tuned suspension system that offers enhanced handling capabilities in addition to the specific goodies included in each package below.

For those 2012 Cadillac CTS sedan and sport wagon buyers who select the 3.0L V6, the Touring Package begins on the outside with 18” aluminum wheels with pearl nickel finish, dual exhaust, a unique dark finished grille, HID headlights and foglights and the aerodynamic rear stop light/spoiler from the V-Series. Inside, the 3.0L-powered 2012 CTS Touring models will get suede seat inserts, a suede wrapped steering wheel, a unique shifter, Sapele wooden trim and metal race-style pedal pads. This package starts at $2,065.

Those who want more punch from their 2012 Cadillac CTS Sedan, Sport Wagon or Coupe can opt for the higher end Touring Package that carries a price tag of $2,810 but if you figured out how much Cadillac currently charges for these features in an ala carte format; the Touring Package is a smokin’ deal. The 3.6L Touring Package begins by adding premium Recaro race-style seats (this option along costs $2,800 on the Cadillac website), a suede wrapped steering wheel, a suede wrapped shifter, Sapele wooden trim, metal race-style pedal pads, the dark finish grille, HID headlights and foglights, the V-Series aerodynamic rear stop light/spoiler and 19” wheels wrapped in either summer performance tires or the all season tire option. Based on the picture shown on the right of the 2012 CTS Coupe with the 3.6L Touring Package, it looks as though this new Touring Package will share the same great looking wheels that were included in the Summer Tire Performance Package with the 2011 CTS models.

In addition to the 2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Package, buyers can opt to include the FE3 performance suspension system that further improves the handling while also including features like steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for a sportier driving experience. Also, those who want more versatility out of their 2012 CTS Touring can select all wheel drive; although rear wheel drive is standard.

The other news for the 2012 Cadillac CTS family is the addition of three new color options - Opulent Blue Metallic; Black Diamond Tri-Coat and Mocha Steel Metallic. Mocha Steel and Opulent Blue join the lineup as no-charge options while the Black Diamond Tricoat will set you back an addition $995. Prices for the 2012 Cadillac CTS lineup begin at $36,790 for the CTS Sedan while the CTS Coupe starts at $39,590 and the roomy CTS Sport Wagon starts at $39,890. For comparison’s sake, each of the three 2012 Cadillac CTS V-Series models carries a starting price of $64,515 so while you may not get the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system or the 556 horsepower, supercharged V8 – the new Touring package offers a little taste of the high performance V-Series models for a fraction of the price.

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