With whole steep gas prices thing going on, Car and Driver is reporting that Cadillac will begin offering four cylinder engines with the debut of the ATS and XTS. And while we expect the upcoming Cadillac ATS and XTS to start with an ECOTEC four-pot, they will also serve as little experiments to test the waters of their market for the brand. And if consumers react positively, we may even see four cylinder engines in the SRX and next generation CTS as well, according to Car and Driver. And while this move plays to the opposite tune of the 556-horsepower LSA V8 engine found in the CTS-V, it still makes a lot of sense.
For one, Cadillac’s European rivals — namely Audi and Mercedes — already offer four cylinder engines in their models in the U.S. market, while BMW is beginning to join the club as well with its TwinPower boosted 2.0-liter four cylinder engine in its Z4 roadster. So in terms of Cadillac offering more engine diversity with four cylinder engines to go with V6 and V8 offerings in order to more effectively compete with its rivals, it makes perfect sense.
Source: Car and Driver