Cadillac Has A Busy Two Years Ahead: ATS-V, CTS-V, LTS Flagship And New SRX

August 19, 2014

Cadillac has a busy two years ahead, after reeling off hits like the 2013 ATS sedan, 2014 CTS sedan, and the 2015 Escalade SUV.

Though it's hit a stall in sales growth this year, and has stumbled with the launch of the Volt-derived ELR extended-range electric vehicle, Cadillac is on course to launch four new vehicles by the end of 2015, while it sketches out potential plans for a fifth model geared specifically with Asian markets in mind.

Fresh off the ATS Coupe launch, Cadillac will reveal its latest V-Series car, the 2016 ATS-V sedan, at this November's Los Angeles auto show. The new ATS-V is expected to draw power from the twin-turbocharged V-6 found now in the CTS Vsport sedan--tuned to 425 horsepower to keep pace with the BMW M3 and M4--and with a choice of a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. An ATS-V coupe should join the lineup later in the model year.

At next year's Detroit auto show, Cadillac will show off a new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan powered by either a new twin-turbocharged V-8 or by a version of GM's supercharged V-8. With more than the current CTS-V's 556 hp, the new sedan could wrest title of fastest sedan in the world from the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Cadillac's big plunge into the S-Class and 7-Series realm is expected to come at next year's New York auto show, when a new flagship sedan is revealed, based on GM's [NYSE:GM] new Omega platform. It's expected to be called the LTS, and should be on sale in 2015, making it a 2016 model. The sedan's lines will be inspired by the concept Elmiraj two-door, with power coming from a choice of six- and eight-cylinder engines, with all-wheel-drive and plug-in hybrid options to be added during its life cycle.

Then, by the end of 2015, Cadillac is expected to show off a revamped SRX crossover, as GM prepares to replace all its mid-size utility vehicles, and to add the new Buick Envision to that brand's lineup. The 2016 SRX crossover may grow to accommodate a third-row seat, as Cadillac is said to have abandoned plans to sell its own version of GM's biggest crossovers (Enclave, Acadia, Traverse).

By the time that product barrage is complete, Cadillac may have decided to tackle the compact class, as its rivals at Mercedes and Audi have done with the CLA and A3. Cadillac has shown concepts for a subcompact car aimed primarily at the Chinese market, and it also builds a long-wheelbase ATS-L sedan for China. In between, a new range of compact cars could be built, on the ATS' architecture.

By then, of course--2017 or so--it'll be time for a next-generation ATS.


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