The new CTS gets the ATS’s superb Magnetic Ride Control as standard. Image Credit: Supplied picture

Long, low, lean and lethal looking, the new Cadillac CTS boasts a 420bhp twin-turbo V6 engine designed to challenge its mid-sized Teutonic rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.

At least initially, the Middle East will have to wait for the new V6, instead getting a choice of a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 rated at an estimated 321bhp and a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that puts out 272bhp.

We’re holding out hope though, since the big engine manages the 0-100kph sprint in just 4.6 seconds. GM says the new CTS will be the segment’s lightest car, a declaration that bodes well for driving dynamics.

The new car gains about 127mm of length, including 30.5mm added to the wheelbase, while aluminium door structures and other low-mass strategies contribute to lower curb weight and a nearly 50:50 weight distribution.

The car has a number of technological firsts, including the addition of Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) — Cadillac’s real-time damping system — as an option on even base models.

The V6 is paired with Caddy’s first ever eight-speed auto, which is more efficient and benefits from 1.5 per cent greater fuel economy. The CTS is further bolstered by multi-link MacPherson strut suspension with a double-pivot design, five-link independent rear suspension, premium electric and variable-assist power steering from ZF amongst other goodies.

A longer roofline and cowl complement the CTS, underwriting the athletic appearance, while Cadillac’s signature vertical lighting elements get the LED treatment. The grille is wider, while the headlamps flow up with the bonnet line.

Also futuristic-looking, active grille shutters are included on some models for improved aerodynamics and general awesomeness. The new CTS arrives here in early 2014.