Put simply, the new car can’t do that. The new CTS is expected to be somewhat bigger than the current car — which is a little cramped compared to the competition — and share a suspension design and some underpinnings with the ATS, which has been widely lauded for its handling.
Those are good things. But as with the ATS last year, the execution of the new CTS has to be faultless — if the car is to be taken seriously around the world as a rival to the 5 Series, the E-Class, and Audi’s A6.
Another must-watch GM launch
As with last year’s launch of the smaller ATS sedan, the new CTS will be closely watched as a gauge of GM’s efforts to turn Cadillac into a “no excuses” brand worthy of comparison with the likes of Audi and BMW. The ATS’ debut came with a simple yet huge question: Could GM really build a car good enough to challenge the BMW 3 Series, widely regarded as one of the best cars made?
The answer to that question turned out to be an emphatic (and surprising) yes.
If Cadillac’s revival is to continue to gather steam, the new CTS has to be an equally emphatic statement.
The article Will GM’s Next Car Have What It Takes? originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by John Rosevear.
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