I've seen the spy-shots just before, and it appears significantly larger than the current generation CTS. It was reported that it would be on a new and enlarged Alpha chassis, and be larger and more upmarket in the next-generation.
Pontiac Lives through BMW and Lincoln - via their split grills and attitude!
its just something people hate to lose but will accept in 5 years and forget they hated the change. I mean people had to see this coming with the flagship luxo sedans having the LCD dials for like 5 years now, right?