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.
Cadillac launched the brand new 2014 CTS sedan, which rises to the center of the midsize luxury vehicle market with extended performance, improved elegance and one of a kind innovation.
The third era CTS sedan gets its roots from the top-performing rear-drive built of the sensational ATS sport sedan, making Cadillac belong to the exclusive roster of midsize luxury cars. It will be the lightest car in the segment, allowing the sharpest driving dynamics. A roster of power-dense powertrains showcases its performance, like the new Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine plus the 8-speed auto transmission.
Vice president of Global Cadillac Bob Ferguson said that the brand new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan has a unique design, gives exciting performance and shows elegant technology. The vehicle has been extended literally and figuratively to aim for something even better.
Its lower, longer and sportier dimensions are apparent on Cadillac's trademark sedan and improve the brand's design principle. It has increased its length to five inches (127 mm), with an increase in wheelbase length at 1.2-inches while the roofline and cowl - the windshield's base - are around 1 in. lower. These proportions go well with the longer body to highlight the vehicle's lean appearance.
Ferguson said that with the global increase of Cadillac’s brand integrity, the latest CTS rises to a whole new level.