Cadillac Readies ATS, XTS to Bolster Future Products

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Although the big news lately from Cadillac has surrounded the CTS sedan and its coupe and wagon variants, Cadillac will focus on updating the rest of its product line in the near future. Below is a look into the next several years of rumored Cadillac product offerings.

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You can spell out Cadillac's future sedan product plan with just two acronyms: ATS and XTS. Sensing holes in two major product lines -- compact and large sedans -- Cadillac is readying two new sedans to slot above and below the CTS, respectively.

The ATS will compete against the likes of the BMW 3 Series, sporting several powertrain options, including two six-cylinder engines, as well as one four-banger. Starting in sedan and coupe configurations, the ATS may eventually spawn additional variants, including a convertible. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, and all-wheel drive may become an option.

The XTS will take the place of the aging DTS, set to be discontinued. It has already been announced for production, but it's unclear if the XTS will be as luxurious as the concept previewed at the North American International Auto Show.

The rumor mill has also been abuzz over a third sedan, yet unnamed, positioned above the XTS, which would serve as a Cadillac flagship. It would reach for the BMW 7 Series and its ilk, but won't see production until 2014 at the earliest. The model already has the approval of CEO Ed Whitacre.

Two of Cadillac's stalwarts will face the axe after the 2011 model year. The large STS sedan and the livery-favorite DTS luxury sedan are set to be discontinued, leaving the CTS to carry Cadillac's sedan lineup until the aforementioned future products arrive. With the recent arrival of a coupe and wagon, the number of CTS variants is up to three, plus the hot CTS-V models. A redesigned CTS is set to arrive in four years, at the earliest.

On the SUV frontier, the SRX will receive the corporate 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 for 2013, as well as a cosmetic update. The Escalade is set to be redesigned with the next generation of Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, set for a 2014 launch. Still in the pipeline is a Cadillac addition to the Lambda family of crossovers, which wouldn't arrive until 2013.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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