If the next-generation CTS is to be anything like the existing one, it will do great things for the Cadillac brand. And looking at our original drawings, spy shots, along with this rendering of the 2014 model, we’re sure that it will fill those big shoes. With the release of the ATS, the CTS will move upmarket, and become a direct 5 Series, A6, E-class competitor, compared to the current oddball-sized model, which lies in between the compact and midsize segments.
This change of market positioning will obviously call for improvements in fit and finish, rear legroom, and curb appeal. The return of the coupe and wagon is currently unknown, but we see no reason that Cadillac shouldn’t line up the CTS range as direct competition to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5/6 Series ranges.
As far as engines go, expect the 2.0-liter inline-four turbo LTG (making roughly 270 horses), the 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 LFX (making about 330 horses), and the yet-to-be-announced twin-turbo V6 that will likely make somewhere in the vicinity of 400 horses. There’s also the possibility that the new LT1 V8 will make its way under the hood to fill that long-missing link between the V6 and V-Series model… but with the arrival of a boosted six, it’s probably an either-or proposition. In addition, a diesel mill may also make its way into the lineup, but we’re still holding our breath to see such an engine in the smaller ATS.
Stay tuned for more information and pictures to drool over in the near future. The model is set to debut at the New York Auto Show in a matter of two-and-a-half weeks as of this writing.
Illustration by Jon Sibal via LLN.