As we get closer to next year’s reveal of the 3rd generation CTS – we are seeing more and more of the car while it is being tested.
In this article from MotorTrend.com, we see the overall size and lines of the car (again confirming that the new CTS will be sized to compete directly with BMW’s 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class). Additionally, this set of spy shots shows how Cadillac’s new interior design language will be interpreted in this model. CUE is present and accounted for, as expected, as well as a full-digital instrument cluster like the upper-tier ATS and all trims of the XTS upper trims of the XTS.
Power-train options will likely start with the 2.0T from the ATS (packing close to 270 hp) with a 3.6l V-6 serving as the up-trim engine for mainstream buyers who are off-put by turbos. Interestingly, the spy photog spotted one of these cars with its hood open and a ‘twin-turbo’ engine cover readily visible. This could be the rumored bridge engine between the CTS and the CTS-V. Non-turbo 3.6 is in the low 300hp range, the V will likely pack close to 600 (using GM’s new Generation 5 small block). There is a wide gulf that a twin-turbo 3.6l direct injection V-6 would fill. Expect well north of 400hp to match the lower-trim turbo V-8 from BMW all from a 3.6l direct injected V-6. Export markets could likely see diesel motivation as an option.