While most coverage of the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS seems to revolve around the car’s bewitchingly aggressive front end, the new midsize sedan’s rear end isn’t as popular of a topic. Indeed, the design of the back of the new Alpha-based sport-luxury sedan hasn’t received as much praise as the vehicle’s front. That said, the new CTS’ rear looks much better in person, and this one particular shot shows a side of the new CTS we haven’t really seen before.
From the angle in the photo, the CTS has a very luxurious and refined appearance. The general appearance of the taillights, the surface of the C-pillar, and the way the pillar flows into the body resembles a Maybach (at least to yours truly) — a circumstance that’s in no way way a bad thing (and no, no one is saying the design was inspired or “ripped off”).
Add in the multispoke wheels from the CTS premium trim, which are usually associated with luxurious and classy high-end luxury vehicles, and the entire vehicle looks highly elegant and sophisticated. But replace the multispokes with the aggressive-looking VSport wheels with less chrome and less spokes, and the CTS instantly looks more sporty. Interesting how much a difference some wheels can make.
Nevertheless, the new CTS is still a looker — and it seems to offer two rather different appearance personalities: one that’s classy and elegant, and another that’s sporty and aggressive — a strategy that reminds us of the strategies employed by BMW and Mercedes-Benz of offering “Luxury” and “Performance” trim/appearance levels. So, how would you rather have your CTS?