2014 Cadillac CTS Spied

A s 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.

Source: MotorTrend.com

  • John

    Hi Scott,

    You’ve mentioned a couple times that the ATS has a reconfigurable instrument cluster (like the XTS). I’ve only seen analog gauges on the ATS, surrounding a smaller LCD screen that displays some of the information the XTS displays. As far as I can tell, the ATS dash is not reconfigurable.

    Also, I believe the full-digital instrument cluster on the XTS is optional on the lower trim cars, too. (Only standard on Premium and Platinum cars.)

    John

  • http://caddyedge.com Scott Kissinger

    You are correct, sir.

    I’ve corrected the post to reflect this.

    I was basing this on a ‘somewhat faulty’ memory that the ATS was supposed to have the computer generated gauges as well.

  • John

    I thought that, too. It’s too bad that the ATS doesn’t have the full LCD instrument cluster as a premium option. Maybe in future years.

  • http://caddyedge.com Scott Kissinger

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make this a change as a mid-cycle refresh in 2-3 years. Though, if they think there is a lot to be gained, maybe they will do it sooner (like their work right now to correct the issues with the manual shifter).

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