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But now it appears as though Cadillac may have a thing or two to say about its ATS plans – even as vague as they may be. David Caldwell, Cadillac spokesman, was recently quoted saying “There has been no recent radical shift in strategy,” in regards to the ATS. That either means the ATS Coupe hasn’t gotten anywhere on the table, or GM is still working hard at developing the variant. See what Caldwell did there?
As for those who have been reporting different variants on the ATS, including the convertible and wagon versions, Caldwell left the door open again saying “On either end of the spectrum the reporting is inaccurate.” But here’s the real statement that makes us believe that Cadillac hasn’t quite shelved the idea of ATS variants altogether: “We do plan to do variants,” Caldwell said. “We haven’t yet called our shot of how we’re going to execute that.”
What’s it all mean? To us it appears that Cadillac will play it safe by seeing how well received (or not) the ATS is in the marketplace before determining whether it’ll be ripping into variants of the model for public consumption.
According to a report by GMInsideNews, the ATS Convertible has been dropped as sales projections for the car proved too low to make up for the cost required to bring it to market. Early plans for a wagon version were dropped early on in the development of the new small rear-drive platform.
With the ATS sedan expected to arrive some time in 2012 as a 2013 model year car, a coupe version is still in the cards and is set to follow afterwards by a few months.
Power for the new ATS is expected to come from a version of GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with a 3.6-liter V6 optional. Look for V versions to arrive a year or two later, packing either V8 power or GM’s upcoming twin-turbo V6 engine.
With yesterday’s announcement that GM is moving ahead with plans to build a new Cadillac model that will rival the BMW 3 Series, the team at GMInsideNews has some exciting info to share about the product rollout.
According to their sources, the new model (likely to wear the ‘ATS’ badge), will come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, with a V6 optional. The sedan will debut in the Fall of 2012 as a 2013 model, with a Coupe following the next year as a 2014 model and a Convertible shortly after that.
But the real excitement doesn’t come until 2015, when the ATS-V debuts. And while the others may get 4-cylinder or V6 power a V8 is planned for the high-performance version. There is, however, a strong possibility that GM could look to use its upcoming twin-turbocharged V6, which is also planned for the CTS.
Cadillac‘s upcoming 3 Series fighter will come standard with a 4-cylinder engine reports GMI, in a bid to keep weight low but more importantly to reduce emissions. But don’t think that means it will be low on power. The 4-cylinder is most certainly going to be a turbocharged unit, along the lines of the 255-hp 2.0T engine offered in the Buick Regal GS.
The next-generation CTS is also set to be equipped with a base 4-cylinder option, although even more exciting engine options are planned including both a V6 and V8. The V8 will be a small block unit currently under development and will find its way into the third-generation CTS-V (which is still a long way off). An ATS-V model is also likely to feature this V8 engine. First, however, we’ll get a taste of GM’s upcoming twin-turbo V6 in the CTS, reportedly displacing 3.0-liters and set to rival Ford’s EcoBoost V6 motor.
A possible match-up to both the twin-turbo V6 and V8 engines would be a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that GM is now researching. We have to think that some sort of 8-speed box will find its way into GM’s Alpha rear-drive cars considering BMW appears poised to run with 8-speed autos in the upcoming 3 Series and Audi will do the same in the A4.
Both the ATS and CTS are based on the same Alpha rear-drive platform, although the CTS underpinnings will be stretched quite a bit. The Alpha platform will also be used for the next-generation Camaro – suggesting it will be smaller and lighter than the current model. It could then also feature smaller turbocharged motors. Even more interesting is news that Buick is looking to utilize the Alpha platform in one of its products. Grand National anyone?
The timeline for these products will have the ATS Sedan launch in 2012, followed by an ATS Coupe and new CTS in 2013, with an ATS Convertible later that year. GM will most likely move ahead with plans for V versions of both the ATS and CTS but don’t look for them until at least 2014.
With the Cadillac CTS having grown in size considerably since its inception, a true entry-level rear drive luxury sports sedan has been an on-again/off-again project for General Motors. Since emerging from bankruptcy, GM reconfirmed its commitment to the vehicle, likely to be called the ATS.
Now a recent report suggests an ATS concept will debut some time this year, with a possible launch at the Paris Auto Show in the Fall. A more likely debut, however, will be at the LA Auto Show in December, where a new Cadillac model will get the most media coverage.
According to Inside Line, Cadillac will not only introduce a sedan, but also a coupe, convertible and wagon model. The luxury division is currently undecided on if a retractable hard-top will be used or a weight-saving soft top.
The ATS will arrive, in concept form, before the year is out, with a production model to debut in 2011 and sales to follow shortly thereafter as a 2012 model.