|2014 Cadillac CTS front-quarter|
The next-generation 2014 CTS will be competing directly with cars like the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class than before. Previously, the CTS was priced more along the lines of the smaller BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, but it was sized more like those maker's mid-sized models. And the CTS will also priced more like its new larger competitors - estimated sticler price should range from $40000 to $60000 USD, depending on optional equipment.
With the arrival of the smaller Cadillac ATS (sized and priced to compete with the BMW 3-series and Benz C-class), the CTS is being pushed upmarket. ATS seems to be performing fairly well for Cadillac in the market, and has received universally good reviews from the automotive press.
Cadillac thinks the new CTS will have what it takes to be a serious contender. Underneath, the new car will move to a stretched wheelbase version of the Alpha rear-drive platform that underpins the current ATS, and soon the next-generation Chevy Camaro.
Under its hood, the CTS will come standard with a 272 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder capable of hitting 30mpg on the highway. Cadillac's 3.6-liter V6 will stand as the range's mid-level offering, developing 321 horsepower, All wheel drive will be an option with this engine. The big news for 2014 is the introduction of a 3.6L twin-turbocharged V6 in the Sport-series model.
The twin-turbo mill is based on Cadillac's naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6, but boasts a number of mechanical improvements, including updated cylinder heads, stronger connecting rods and a 10.2:1 compression ratio. As a result of those changes, the twin-turbo V6 produces a healthy 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 run in about 4.5 seconds.
The 3.6L twin-turbo, which is expected to be available in the rear-drive version (no AWD twin-turbo), is expected to be rated at 17mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway.
All CTS models will come with Cadillac's new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, and will have Cadillac CUE touchscreen infotainment system as well - and a upgraded interior that mimicks the quality and design of the interior materials of the current XTS sedan.
A turbo-dtiesel engine sourced from GM/Opel is also rumored, especially for international variants of the CTS. Currently, only Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel in the premium midsize segment here in the USA. The coupe and wagon versions of the new-generation CTS have not yet been announced, and may not be produced at all given the low sales numbers of the current CTS coupe and wagon. However, Cadillac is expected to follow up with a third-generation, V8-powered CTS-V sedan sometime next year.
Source and numerous photos: http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...cts-fully-revealed-updated-117269/
[Edited 2013-03-26 07:20:35]