Caught: 2014 Cadillac CTS Testing in Europe With Less Camouflage

Cadillac has sent prototype versions of the 2014 CTS to Europe, and they’re now wearing less camouflage. These spy photos give us our best look yet at the design of the next-generation CTS luxury sedan.

We previously spotted the 2014 Cadillac CTS, but that mule was wearing much heavier camouflage. The latest photos allow a clearer look at how Cadillac’s latest design language will translate onto the larger, longer new CTS. Although it’s been stripped of its chrome and badging, the nose bears a large Cadillac grille inspired by the Ciel concept. The headlights – which are merely prototype assemblies at this point in time — appear to have a small collection of LED running lights, while the rear bumper features a pair of integrated rectangular exhaust tips.

Although Cadillac engineers have cleverly taped off the rear windows to make the car look like a coupe, close examination confirms this is a CTS sedan. Its rear windscreen, however, slopes much more dramatically than that of the current sedan. Not only is that change likely inspired by aesthetic reasons, but it also should make the new CTS more aerodynamic to help bolster fuel-economy figures.

Close inspection also reveals the presence of Brembo brakes. Cadillac previously announced that both the 2013 ATS and 2013 XTS would receive high-performance Brembo brake calipers manufactured in Michigan.

As we’ve reported before, the 2014 Cadillac CTS will move to General Motors’ “Alpha” rear-wheel-drive platform. (The next-generation Chevrolet Camaro also is rumored to switch to this platform in 2014.) As before, coupe and high-performance V-Series variants will be offered.The new model grows a bit and will be positioned to compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. That means that the new 2013 ATS can take up the fight against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, in place of the current CTS.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS will likely adopt the turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the new ATS, likely with 270 hp, marking the first time a CTS has been offered with four-cylinder power. That enginewill be supplemented by GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6, with at least 318 hp. Cadillac is also said to be working on a twin-turbo V-6 for the top models of the new CTS, but so far no details on that mill have emerged.

All of the clever safety gizmos that have debuted on the 2013 ATS and XTS will also be offered on the new CTS. Those gadgets include lane-departure warning, seats that vibrate to warn of oncoming traffic, adaptive cruise control, and automatic braking.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is expected to go into production in Michigan in September 2013, meaning it will likely make an auto-show debut early next year.

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