Cadillac has confirmed that it will launch two new luxury cars next year – both of which we had already been expecting. The ATS “compact luxury sports sedan” will debut in summer 2012, and the XTS “large luxury sedan” will bow in spring 2012.
Cadillac released a shadowy teaser photo of the ATS, which appears to continue the creased, angular Art and Science styling mantra seen on current Cadillacs like the CTS. The ATS will be a smaller sedan, and Cadillac hopes it will compete directly with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The rear-wheel-drive car will be built in Lansing, Michigan, on a version of the General Motors Alpha platform that is used for the next Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac CTS.
The XTS will be a larger, more luxurious car than the CTS. Taking its inspiration from Cadillac’s XTS Platinum Concept seen at the 2010 Detroit auto show, it will be offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. GM will invest $117 million to prepare its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant to build the XTS.
While the XTS is meant to continue -- perhaps resurrect is a more accurate term -- Cadillac's reputation for large luxury machines, the ATS is designed to attract customers who wouldn’t previously have considered a Cadillac. Both will debut in 2012, meaning we can probably expect production debuts at the Detroit auto show next January.