Cadillac Product Offensive: CTS, ATS Coupe And More

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

In a month’s time, we’ll have our first look at the new Cadillac CTS, when GM takes the wraps off of its new luxury sedan at the New York Auto Show. The new CTS is merely the first in a wave of new cars for Cadillac, along with the already unveiled ELR plug-in hybrid.

Also confirmed is a coupe version of the ATS compact sedan, which will bow in early 2014. A revamp Escalade is in the cards as well, though a timeline for the flagship SUV is somewhat murky.

The CTS will be an important car for Cadillac, as it positions the car against the BMW 5-Series. The CTS will also be crucial for Cadillac’s expansion in China, and early spy shots show a somewhat more organic design, rather than the hard-edged “Art & Science” design language of the first two generations. No surprise that the changes were driven by, you guessed it, Chinese tastes.

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  • Mcarr Mcarr on Feb 12, 2013

    Never thought I'd say this, but the CTS needs to grow. The rear seat room is horrendous, and since it's been pretty much the only Cadillac sedan worth purchasing for a number of years, it's been too cramped. 5-series competitor and twin turbo 3.6 sounds like a good idea.

  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Feb 12, 2013

    How about an extended (more than now) Escalade ESV, longer than ever.

  • Nickoo Nickoo on Feb 12, 2013

    Oh Cadillac, why did you kill the STS only to make the CTS bigger? Sometimes I just don't understand you crazy GM product planning people.

    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Feb 13, 2013

      1. Shrink Malibu 2. Build new Impala on a new platform 3. ?????????? 4. Profit?

  • Akitadog Akitadog on Feb 12, 2013

    I got to test drive the 2.0T ATS at the Washington Auto Show. It is definitely the spiritual successor to the E46 3-series. THAT is the car I want. In fact, I've longed for an American 3-series, and I've decided the ATS will be my next car. It seems to me that many here (and elsewhere) care MORE that BMW has STOPPED selling the cars they say they want and are taking it out on Cadillac, who HAS decided to sell them the cars they say they want. Their preconceived notions of what Caddy and BMW SHOULD be selling are clouding the realization that the torch has been passed (some would say dropped by BMW and picked up by Caddy). Give your money to the company that brings you what you want, rather than complain about it.