• Nov 8th 2006 at 4:01PM
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This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will serve as the venue for Cadillac to debut the redesigned 2008 Cadillac CTS. The entry-level and uber-popular sedan will receive a thorough exterior tweaking, as seen during the 60 Minutes spot back in April. The revised look of the CTS will foretell the future of Cadillac designs, just as the current generation had; however, little information has been made available about what will be beneath the new CTS' sheetmetal. Rumors of a 3.6-liter V6 producing somewhere in the 280-300 HP realm have been heard and the forthcoming V-series model is expected to make around 400+ HP, when it debuts, likely sometime in 2009.

The press release (posted after the jump) states that the CTS will come to market in late 2007 as a 2008 model.

Cadillac To Premiere All-New 2008 CTS In January

DETROIT, Mich. - It is the subject of online discussions, rumors and spy photographers. It is the successor to an award-winning and popular luxury car. And it's coming in January. Cadillac confirms that the all-new 2008 CTS will make its world premiere in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"Cadillac has engineered an historic renaissance, with a completely new product portfolio, driven in large part by the original CTS," said general manager Jim Taylor. "Success can drive conservatism, but not for Cadillac. The next chapter, beginning in January, promises to be even more dramatic."

The debut of the redesigned 2008 CTS in the marketplace is scheduled for late-summer of 2007 in the U.S., with worldwide exports to follow in the fall. As this new chapter prepares to open, the current CTS model continues to be an automotive success story.

"CTS has built a strong record of success on many levels," Taylor said. "It has exceeded our goals for sales volume, set new design trends, won championships in racing, and earned awards for quality and customer satisfaction."

Cadillac sold more than 61,000 copies of the CTS in the U.S. in 2005, compared to roughly 38,000 in 2002, an increase of 60% over that period. This sustained sales growth over nearly five years is counter to conventional industry logic that says a new car's hottest sales occur shortly after launch. There are roughly 275,000 CTS owners worldwide, and industry researchers say they are among the most satisfied in the automotive market. AutoPacific rated CTS as the top Entry Luxury Car in its annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards in 2006.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      What's with the Audi-esque grill?

      I hope that this illustration is far and away from what the front end of this car will look like.

      Although it probably isn't.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i have a 04cts with the 3.6 iam waiting for the new model. nice job caddy
      • 8 Years Ago
      300 HP for it's weight is not big deal, but with 400+
      we have something else.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Good for General Motors, now if they'd just do with the entire corporation what they've done withe Cadillac CTS!!!! But it will never happen.

      This CTS is beautiful, but I dont like it's exterior styling better than the current version. This version looks distinctly like the now defunct Cadillac Eldorado in the rear.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they can figure out how to add a nav system to the car along with a little more power.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd expect the 3.6 L V6 to become the standard engine and GM keeping the price closer to the 2.8 L that's out now. That would make sense and the engine seems to be the one they're using everywhere.

      Then perhaps two higher powered variants. A more affordable V and then a super V. I'm just guessing at those but it would make sense. And yes, the CTS is still selling quite well.
      Can't wait for NAIAS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is one ugly car.

      Hey GM, drop the untouchable unionized out-dated designers or drop the Caddy brand. The choice is clear. Until then, good luck competing against the Euro and Jap. The ghetto can only buy so many Caddy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rumor of a 280-300hp V6 better not be a rumor - it has to be true in order for the car to be competitive against other vehicles in its class that also have ~300hp (G35, IS350, 335i).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that drawing actually looks very nice, nice evolution of the current CTS. Some curves in the right places, without going too far into Lincoln/Mercury territory. Love it or hate it, I think a new CTS like this will continue or grow sales of existing line (which I believe have been good?)

      Plus that new interior Lutz showed was really nice, much better than the current interior (which I think is the major weakness of the CTS.)

      That C pillar is actually very El Dorado-ish, but I liked that car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No word on the coupe version?
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a plug to theGMSource.com for Chris's work, Dom? You know you want to!!!

      All kidding aside, if the CTS comes out looking even remotely close to this, it will have yet another winner on their hands.

      I'd love to see the V-Series offered with optional RWD to put those 505 ponies to the ground..
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they added some trunk space!!!
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