It wasn’t too long ago when the announcement of new models from Cadillac would raise a collective yawn from enthusiasts everywhere. The Cadillac CTS-V changed that and once again put the brand on the radar of drivers everywhere. If you have yet to experience the second generation CTS-V, in any of it’s forms, do so at once. It will utterly change your perception of what an American performance luxury car can be.
For 2012, GM’s president, Mark Reuss, has let slip that Cadillac will launch both a full-size model (called the XTS) and a new compact mode (called the ATS). The XTS will be launched in the spring of 2012, and will be offered in both front wheel drive and all-wheel-drive platforms. Don’t expect the XTS to be offered in a performance oriented version, since the focus of the concept car was luxury. In fact, I’d liken the XTS more to the Cadillacs of old, which were focused on a comfortable ride and memorable straight-line acceleration, not on breaking the 8:00 barrier on Germany’s Nürburgring.
The ATS, on the other hand, will be aimed squarely at BMW’s 3 Series, Audi’s A4 and Mercedes Benz’s C-Class. GM is calling it a “luxury sports car,” which means we probably shouldn’t expect a Type V version at launch. We hope that’s in the cards for the ATS, because as good as the CTS-V is, it’s still a bit on the portly side. If Cadillac can apply what they’ve learned from developing the Magnetic Ride Control on the CTS-V to the ATS, and come up with a suitable V-6 engine (like a forced-induction version of the 3.6-liter used in the Chevy Camaro), I can see the new ATS being a huge hit for them.
Source: General Motors