2014 Cadillac CTS Spy Photos: Shedding Some Camo—And a Body Style
What It Is: A 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan prototype wearing less camouflage than other mules we’ve recently spotted. A high-performance V variant is all but guaranteed, and it will arrive 12 to 18 months after the regular sedan. We expect Cadillac will continue to offer a coupe derivative—although nothing’s been confirmed yet, as that decision looms for the fourth quarter of this year—but we hear that the wagon has been killed for CTS generation three. (You may consider the wrap story for our recently departed long-term CTS-V wagon as our eulogy.)
Why It Matters: The CTS has been Cadillac’s bestselling car for some years now. In fact, following the demise of the STS and DTS, it was Cadillac’s only car until the XTS and ATS joined the lineup. As it enters its third generation, it needs to continue to pile up sales while also increasing brand consideration among luxury buyers.
Platform: While the CTS has long been tasked with battling both small and mid-size entries from other luxury brands, the 2014 model will be longer than before by some two to three inches, and have more than three inches added to its wheelbase. It will then more directly compete with the mid-size luxury offerings from Europe and Japan, and also give breathing room to the smaller 2013 ATS. The next-gen CTS will use GM’s rear-drive Alpha platform, as does the ATS. The car’s growth may not be patently obvious, as the CTS will wear a subtle evolution of Cadillac’s Art and Science design language. The current car’s sharp lines may be toned down a bit to provide some familial resemblance with the ATS, but the CTS won’t be as soft-looking overall.
Powertrain: The 2014 CTS will again offer V-6 power in two flavors. The current CTS’s standard 3.0-liter V-6 will carry over in an automatic-only, 265-ish-hp base model, while the 318-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 will receive some modifications and be offered with either manual or automatic transmissions. The ATS’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be found in Performance-trim CTS models, making about 280 hp and available with both manual and automatic gearboxes. All-wheel drive will again be on the order sheet, but will be limited to naturally aspirated models with an automatic transmission.
We expect GM-developed eight-speed automatics to supplant the six-cog slushboxes a year or so after the new CTS goes on sale.
Competition: Audi A6, BMW 5-series, Infiniti M, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-class.
Estimated Arrival Time and Price: Look for the new CTS to arrive later next year as a 2014 model. Don’t be surprised if the CTS’s base price nuzzles up to the $ 40,000 mark—the current car starts in the mid-$ 30,000 range, but then so does the new ATS.
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