What is it? Cadillac introduces a bigger and possibly more driver-focused CTS for 2014. The exterior is much more modern than its predecessor and the look is stunning with lots of LED detailing in the front and some crisp lines. This car has also grown five inches, two of them in the wheelbase, which makes the CTS a better fit for competitors like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It’s based on the Cadillac ATS’s lightweight platform. Cadillac claims that the CTS is the lightest car in its class, weighing some 200 pounds less than a BMW 528i.
There will be three engines to start; we expect most people will buy the CTS with the 321-hp, 3.6-liter V6. There is also going to be a 420-hp V6 that sounds like a lot of fun. There’s also a 272-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which we hope will be more refined in the CTS than it is in the ATS.
What’s new and notable? The interior is nicely finished, but like other Cadillacs it has the frustrating and distracting CUE infotainment system. That feature really marred our experience with the ATS in our road test earlier this year.
CR’s take: We really look forward to driving this new CTS. If it drives anything like its smaller ATS sibling, we’re really going to be in for a treat.
When will it be available? Fall 2013.