The 2012 Cadillac CTS comes onto the market late this summer with a few subtle changes to keep it fresh against the competition. Look too fast and you’ll barely notice the changes but delve a little deeper you'll see that the latest CTS range gets a new grille and a refined Cadillac Wreath & Crest logo.

Other changes are skin deep. The 2012 model’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine, for instance, will use a lighter, more efficient design to give more power at the same fuel economy as the outgoing V-6. The new engine delivers 318 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, compared to the outgoing engine’s 304 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

The EPA fuel economy label will remain 18/27 mpg city/highway. Importantly, this engine provides more horsepower and torque than comparable V-6 offerings in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus ES ranges.

In addition to the new engine and grille, Cadillac is adding a new Touring Package for 2012 that enhances key elements of the CTS range, including the Sedan, Coupe and Sport Wagon. The Touring Package, available with the 3.0- and 3.6-liter V-6 engines, features an exclusive grille with a dark finish, metal pedals, dark Sapele wood interior trim and suede seat inserts, steering wheel and shift knob.

2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe

The Touring Package Sedan and Wagon also will have chrome door handles. The 3.6-liter version features 19-inch polished wheels and Recaro 14-way adjustable performance seats, while the 3.0-liter version gets 18-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish.

Other changes for the 2012 model year on the CTS include standard Bluetooth phone integration on all models and side blind-zone alert technology available on the CTS Coupe.

There’s still no confirmation of previous reports that the manual transmission option is being dropped on the 3.6-liter models.

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