UPDATE: A second leak provides a look at the entire exterior and interior of the 2014 Cadillac CTS
The puzzle pieces of the 2014 Cadillac CTS are slowly starting to come together ahead of the car's official reveal later this week. We know the three engines that will be offered on the new CTS, including the 420-hp 3.6-liter Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6, and now, we get a better idea of what it will look like. A handful of exterior photos and one sneak peek at the interior were leaked on Flickr under the nebulously-named account of "upcomingvehiclesx."
To nobody's great surprise, Cadillac's bread-and-butter mainstream sedan shows a strong resemblance to its new smaller sibling, the ATS. The most obvious and strongest resemblance is in the front headlight design, which like the ATS, tapers far back onto the front fender with an LED accent strip. Although bisected by a thin section of the front bumper, the LED strip continues down onto the lower bumper, for a distinctive and dramatic look. The grill plunges down below the bumper centerline for a shield-like appearance, similar to newer Audi models.
The rear of the new CTS is a little less distinctive, showing more of a resemblance to the more conservative XTS sedan, but like the front, employs LEDs liberally, for the vertical taillights as well as the trunklid spoiler-mounted third brake light. However, Cadillac was an early domestic pioneer in the use of LEDs for taillights, so not a lot earth-shattering here.
But the sole photo of the interior shows some interesting materials and textures. The door uppers appear to be wrapped in suede, with natural-textured wood trim accents. With faux wood trim becoming more and more convincing, many luxury brands lately are turning to more roughly-textured trim to showcase the cellulosic authenticity of their materials. So far, we're liking what we're seeing. Expect to see the 2014 Cadillac CTS in all its glory at the 2013 New York International Auto Show later this week.