Cadillac will introduce a new version of the CTS sedan at the New York auto show next month, and a new Escalade will follow this fall. The Detroit News reports that Cadillac marketing vice president Don Butler confirmed the two product debuts at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Florida.
News of an all-new Cadillac CTS is not without precedent. Earlier this year, Cadillac vice president Robert Ferguson told us that the third-generation CTS would bow at the New York show. Ferguson also intimated that the car would ride on a stretched version of Alpha platform used by the Cadillac ATS sports sedan. The CTS is Cadillac’s second best-selling model, after the SRX crossover, with 46,979 sales recorded in 2012.
Other reports suggest the new Cadillac CTS will grow about half a car size from the current model (pictured) so that it can compete head-on with luxury sedans like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Expect more rounded, sophisticated sheetmetal instead of the crisp, dagger-like edges on today’s “Art & Science” CTS. Under the hood, we expect the same engine choices as the new ATS: a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 3.6-liter V-6. There may be more powerful V-Series variants at a later date.
As for the Escalade, the new luxury SUV will ride on the updated truck platform shared with the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, as well as with the next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon SUVs. Expect far more modern styling inside and out, as Cadillac hopes to put more distance between the Escalade and its plebian SUV-mates — potentially making the next-generation Escalade a legitimate contender for German and Japanese luxury models.
Given that the Cadillac Escalade is slated for a fall introduction, we can probably expect to see it at the Los Angeles auto show in November. The Escalade sold 22,632 units last year.
Source: The Detroit News