Last year, Chevrolet pulled the sheet off the all-new Colorado, which is now currently launching in Thailand and other countries with a pair of Duramax diesel engines. The first is a base 2.5L mill producing 150 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The more powerful choice is a 2.8L turbodiesel that promises 180 hp and a heavy 346 lb.-ft. of torque. Fast forward to the 2011 North American International Auto Show, when GM North American President Mark Reuss announced that there will be a diesel variant for the Cadillac ATS in the future, though information on its displacement was kept secret. But the cutting-edge Caddy wouldn’t possibly have anything in common with a pickup truck sold in Asia… could it? As we found out, they will share a significant bond, the size of a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine with 346 lb-ft of mind-altering perception.
Yes, exclusive GM Authority sources have shared with us that it will be this very engine that will power the Cadillac ATS diesel sometime in the future, maybe 1.5-2 years from now. Notably, the engine won’t carry the “Duramax” badge, but will have a wreath and crest in its place. And while we don’t know exactly know how much power the 2.8L diesel will produce in GM’s Alpha architecture, or what kind of fuel economy numbers we’ll see, it’s a safe bet that neither will be disappointing.
Who knows, we might see the diesel outrun the powerful 321 hp, 271 lb.-ft. LFX V6 engine when it comes to a 0-60 sprint. And while we’re fantasizing, it would be a very unique combination if Cadillac ATS engineers went ahead and paired the oil burner with magnetic ride control and Brembo brakes.