There's an old newspaper adage that dictates: "Dog bites man" is not news. "Man bites dog," now that's news. In other words, the subversion of the usual order of things is what sells papers. And you might say the same about Cadillac. A Caddy getting bigger, by that logic, is hardly news, but a Caddy getting smaller sure is.

That's what makes the new ATS such a big step for the top-end of the General Motors brand portfolio. Occupying the place once taken by the Catera (which led to the CTS), that model now has to kick up a size to make room for its new baby brother. And so it appears to be doing.

These spy shots show what our intrepid auto paparazzi say is the next-gen CTS, applying the same Art & Science design language to a slightly larger form that's expected to switch from the Sigma II platform to a stretched version of The General's new rear-drive Alpha architecture.

In between the camouflage we can make out a new grille, projector headlamps with LED daytime runners, with radar sensors aplenty and dual exhaust tips around the back. Sources expect a 2.0-liter turbo four to come in with 270 horsepower as the base engine in the new CTS, with the 3.6-liter V6 also expected to be on offer as well as a turbo six sometime after production kicks off at Lansing Grand River Assembly in September 2013.


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      le9193
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cannot take the ignorance anymore. You people are absolutely stupid. Especially the ones who claim Cadillac doesn't know what they're doing and ruining the CTS, because it's "not supposed to be bigger." If any of you truly knew the game of the luxury segments, as well as the welfare of Cadillac, you'd all know that THIS IS WHAT THEY NEED in order to become even more successful. Love the CTS, but it was't really a competitor to any car. It was a luxury vehicle that defined the new Cadillac, and took sales away from either entry level cars (3 series) or mid-sized (5 series) Like I said they need this to grow, not some in between CTS at a cheaper price to help the brand, like it once was. Also someone said earlier the XTS is smaller than the CTS...my point exactly. The CTS is a rebadged Impala...once again ignorance, being that they're on different platforms, size, architecture, etc, etc. It goes on, and on. And more importantly...how the hell does a single one of you know if this is "ugly" or not...YOU CANNOT EVEN SEE IT.
        Joshua Bolden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @le9193
        lol
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @le9193
        Making the CTS may be justifiable, but you must understand that some are annoyed at how sporty models across the industry have ballooned in size and weight over the past few years.
      AMG THIS
      • 2 Years Ago
      ATS will compete with C-class, A4 and 3-series. CTS will compete with E-class, A6 and 5-series.
      vince
      • 2 Years Ago
      The CTS is on Sigma II not Zeta.
        theblackemblem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vince
        I think the writer got confused between the CTS and the Camaro, hah.
          Kevin Hooker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @theblackemblem
          Confused or not, that is what proof reading is for. I am not perfect, however, I do read over what I wrote before posting it.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just based on the nose, it's looking like it's going the way of a MB CLS as far a presence. Not a bad thing at all, and kindda makes sense for how this car is positioned.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope there will be a V version.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Christopher Veda
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the grille is heavily inspired by the Ciel concept.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am curious. Is the new CTS not going to be offered with a V8? It just doesn't seem right, as I think about the 556 hp, supercharged V8 found in the current CTS-V. Say it isn't so...
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      why do people care if CTS grows in size ?!?!, styling in this segment is the most important factor for this car because it is was launch this car into the spotlight..........keep A&S sharp like it is now, if not sharper because the dramatic appearance is the biggest selling point
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still over priced GM junk
        atvman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        It's actually a pretty good value compared to other luxury sedans and recent Cadillac reliability ratings lead me to consider it something other than junk. Oh wait, you're just an internet troll that probably drives a handmedown Corolla.
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @atvman
          least I know a corolla would out last that POS
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        Oh look, colombianricer is back!
        Martin Edmonds
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        Don't you have some biased to go spread on YT? Knew I recognized your moronic comments from somewhere.
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Martin Edmonds
          What are you stalking people now talk about a troll STFU and drive your POS Government Motors car can't wait till they go under and go back to the Government for more money again.. BTW its call telling the Truth about a product and the people who build it.. POSs
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Martin Edmonds
          Hey Martin hows the dish washing job at Red Robins treating you? I know damn well you wont be able to afford anything much as a Cadillac.. Haha Loser... I think they have good deals on some Kias right now that are up in your price range Ha.
        Ilovecars
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        Troll
          Ilovecars
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ilovecars
          You are either: 1) 13 yrs old 2) Mild MR 3) Wasted right now 4) Just an @sshole Which one or combination of 2 are you?
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ilovecars
          That you are I'm so glad you have told everyone that you are.. Good for you that is the first step is admitting it
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait till GM goes under again then go running to the Government for more money.. Sorry we can't help you your going to have to close your doors GM. Maybe if your CEOs weren't so worried about getting their raises and actually building a product that is actually yours and not spending the money we gave you just to invest it other car brands. Then go steal their technology and say that you built this and its yours and instead of not fessing up to it and admitting someone else built it for you. You wonder why you have fires in your Volts and now in your Cruzes and recalls on the Sonics for not having brake pads installed at your assembly plants but shipped them to dealers anyway WTF is that about.. Oh the best part is ZL1 being delayed on quality issues why weren't the other quality issues found during the quality control area in the first place. GM your nothing but a disappointment. Doesn't sound like GM is up to par to me. Setting yourselves up for another failure wont be surprised either when you do.. Apparently everyone here has no Idea what they are buy when they by GM. Or up to date on the reports and crap GM pulls behind your backs. Oh well.. That is why their are other superior products out their and GM thinks they have them until they break and they can't figure out how to fix their own cars. Just as much as their Onstar in their vehicles big brother is watching you 24/7 in your own car knows your every move calculates your speed all your movements in some case they can use this evidence against you for car accidents and speeding... Gotta love GOVERNMENT MOTORS.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      reskinned impala/caprice meh..
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        Seeing as the Impala is FWD and the CTS is RWD, no.
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