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.