The new Cadillac CTS has been spied yet again but this time, better images were captured. This model, which is General Motors’ response to the BMW 5-series, will be presented in 2013. It is believed to form a major part of Cadillac’s strategy to enter the European market. The CTS is the newest model to get GM’s new rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform after the smaller ATS saloon, which was launched in the U.S. According to GM officials, the ATS was launched earlier this year at the Detroit motor show. From the beginning, the Alpha platform had been engineered with right-hand drive right.
When it comes to style and sizes, the CTS will have a close resemblance to the 3-series-sized ATS. Its appearance will build on Cadillac’s ‘Art and Science’ design language and it will be equipped with the bigger front grille from the ATS.
The new model is longer and wider than the existing CTS but it’s likely to be available with GM’s new turbocharged 270bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Cadillac will be powered by a 200bhp 2.5-ltre four-pot and by a top-of-the-line 318bhp 3.6-litre V6.
Initially, Cadillac will launch the ATS in Europe without a diesel engine. But it’s believed that within two years, a diesel version will be available. It’s expected that the CTS will start selling in Europe without a diesel engine yet when it starts selling in 2014.
A CTS-V that’s equipped with a 6.2-litre V8 would be the flagship model in the range; however it won’t be available from launch. Cadillac is planning a coupé CTS-V, which will be offered in right-hand drive, similar to the saloon. This was confirmed by Joel Ewanick, GM’s marketing chief, in early 2012.