Designed as a rival to the BMW 3 Series, the Cadillac ATS has received plenty of praise, especially for its new 272-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
The last Cadillac to offer a turbocharged engine was the SRX, which featured a 300-hp turbocharged V6. The engine was powerful but not terribly fuel efficient and was discontinued after only one year, with Cadillac citing slow sales.
However, at a Cadillac event this past weekend at Pebble Beach, Clay Dean, director of advanced design at Cadillac, confirmed that we can “expect more turbocharged vehicles from Cadillac.”
This revelation falls right in line with previous thoughts of a twin-turbocharged V6 going into the Cadillac’s rumored high-performance ATS-V. Such an engine is expected to put out around 400-hp, ensuring that the 556-hp V8 engine that is found in the CTS-V remains exclusive to that model.
At the event, Cadillac also mentioned the upcoming third-generation CTS. Currently the base engine in the CTS is a 3.0L V6 making 270-hp. A change to the same turbocharged-four-cylinder engine found in the ATS would come as an upgrade in both power and fuel efficiency, making it another likely candidate to see a turbocharged engine in the future.
Check out AutoGuide’s Cadillac ATS review to learn more the turbocharged-four cylinder engine.