Cadillac is currently at work designing the next generation of the CTS, the performance sedan behind the brand’s resurgence. However, Cadillac is rumored to be discontinuing the CTS Wagon and Coupe and creating new wagon and coupe models instead.
Success of CTS
The modern resurgence of Cadillac has been tied largely to Cadillac’s pursuit of a single goal, namely to offer an American alternative to German brands that dominate luxury car sales. So far, the biggest success has been the CTS, offered in mid-size sedan, coupe and wagon models, as well as the scary-fast V series of those models that come equipped with a supercharged, 556-horsepower V-8.
The new CTS, according to Automobile magazine, is currently in development and is set to be released for the 2014 model year. The next model is a bit bigger than the outgoing model, as it has reportedly been lengthened and widened. It still keeps the sharp lines of the current model, in keeping with the Cadillac “Art and Science” design philosophy. The next CTS is being built on the Alpha platform, a bespoke design platform developed by Cadillac for the ATS.
Wagon and coupe to be dropped
According to Car and Driver, Cadillac might be ditching the CTS Coupe and CTS Wagon from the CTS lineup, though a coupe and wagon are still going to be made by Cadillac in some form. Car and Driver and AutoBlog both surmise that a bespoke coupe model is going to eventually be positioned between the ATS and CTS, similar to the rumored BMW 4 series, the new branding for the 3 Series coupe and the Audi A5, the coupe between the A4 and A6.
Though rumor says the wagon could also be dropped, Car and Driver and AutoBlog assert the wagon is likely to remain in the CTS lineup. The bulk of CTS sales are sedans, but more people bought CTS Wagons than BMW 3 series wagons. The interesting thing about the CTS Wagon, aside from the fact that Cadillac was bold enough to sell a station wagon, was that a surprisingly large number of customers opted for the CTS-V Wagon. One in three people who purchased a CTS Wagon bought the CTS-Wagon, which hits 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds and has a 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood.
ATS the focus
The next generation of the CTS isn’t due out until at least next year. In the meantime, the focus is getting people to buy the XTS, Cadillac’s new full-size flagship, and the ATS, the compact sedan that Cadillac espouses as every bit the equal of the BMW 3 series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
However, aside from the three engine options including naturally-aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinders as well as the 3.6-liter V-6, a V-8-powered ATS-V is also slated for production, according to Car and Driver, though it may not come out until next year.
Car and Driver: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2014-cadillac-ats-v-future-cars