Cadillac introduced the new coupé version of its mid-range CTS to European customers at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The new car shares its wheelbase with the standard four-door saloon but has a lower roof-line and is slightly shorter overall; most of the bodywork is unique to the model. The coupé's standard engine is the 3.6-litre V6, which is the larger of the two options available on the saloon.
The company also showed the CTS estate at Geneva, as well as a 2011 version of the high-performance CTS-V. Although the likeable CTS is much more competitive with mainstream and even premium European models than past American cars, it has so far sold only in small numbers on this side of the Atlantic. The expansion of the range to include coupés and estates may prompt European buyers to take a second look, although there's still no sign of the diesel option that has sometimes been mentioned as a likely future development.
The CTS – usually considered a rival for cars such as the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class - is Cadillac's smallest model now that the Saab-based BLS is no longer on sale.