MotorAuthority.com has spied the next CTS undergoing testing.
It appears from these shots that, rather than a facelifted version of the current car, that this is the bigger, Alpha + (bigger version of the ATS platform) model that will finally take the CTS into the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-Class size rather than its previous two generations where it existed in a tweener spot between the 3/5 BMW’s and C/E Mercedes models.
Here you can plainly see the increased length as well as some more delicate detailing like slim mirrors, integrated exhausts, as well as a lower, wider, leaner style that takes Cadillacs bread-and-butter sedan in a more stylish direction while also helping to differentiate it from the upcoming ATS.
Expect the new CTS to bow in about a year and a half (summer 2013) as a 2014 model. A new coupe is a certainty a year or so later with a wagon more of an outside possibility. V-Series variant(s) with even more power (in order to one-up the certainly upgraded competition) possibly bumping the 600hp range are a certainly – likely in the 2015 model year.
Given the recent revelations of the ATS as being close to the lightest in class, expect the CTS to soundly undercut the recently revised BMW 5-series which, by moving to a common platform as its bigger 7-Series brother, gained hundreds of pounds and lost a portion of its sports sedan credibility. This could be a huge opening for Cadillac to poach enthusiast buyers from the boys in Bavaria.