The arrival of the new CTS and the confirmation of a new flagship will allow Cadillac to reposition the CTS as a true executive saloon
13 August 2012

The next-generation Cadillac CTS will grow in size to become a much truer rival to the likes of the BMW 5-series.

The current CTS has been hampered by the model sitting between two segments, but the arrival of the smaller ATS and the confirmation of a new flagship will allow Cadillac to reposition the CTS as a true executive saloon.

Prototype CTSs spied at the Nürburgring reveal its increase in size and confirm that the refined styling will not stray too far from the current car’s ‘Art & Science’ design language.

Underpinning the new CTS will be an enlarged version of the ‘Alpha’ platform used beneath the new ATS. This lighter architecture should help improve fuel economy.

Launch engines are likely to include Cadillac’s new 272bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and a 3.6-litre V6 petrol.

With the ATS, Cadillac hopes to finally begin a serious, if long-promised, push into Europe. The next CTS should add momentum to that drive when it is launched in 2014, by which time Cadillac should also have a diesel engine at its disposal.

Paul Eisenstein

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13 August 2012

Oh p-lease!

How often have we heard this crap.

I am sure the boys in Munich are shaking in their boots!!....or is it laughing their socks off!

The last time Cadillac had a 'serious push into Europe' was at the end of the last war...they dont have a return ticket.

13 August 2012

Fingers crossed that Cadillac can make it work this time.  The exec market needs a fresh alternative to the Audi/BMW/Mercedes way of doing things. Jaguar is getting much better, and to have Cadillac in the mix as well would be great.

It's amazing that with all the incredible technological achievements that still come out of America and have done since the '50s, their car industry is still unable to cut it at a premium level internationally.

13 August 2012

It's already a similar size to other executive cars, it's the same price as executive cars (even a little more expensive), it offers similar engines to top spec BMW 5-Series and Jaguar XFs, you can buy it with 4WD like Audi's A6... why is the new CTS going to be any different?  Especially as it'll look so similar.

13 August 2012

Dark Isle wrote:

why is the new CTS going to be any different?  Especially as it'll look so similar.

Well, hopefully, because it will be much better than the current CTS.  

And if it looks similar, that's probably a good thing since buyers usually prefer evolution to revolution in exec markets (just ask Mercedes, BMW and Audi) and the Cadillac design language is quite good - well, I think so anyway.

14 August 2012

I dont expect this car to challenge the best in class, Who will buy it ?

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