General Motors is developing an electric all-wheel drive system for future Cadillac V-Series performance models, according to GM product chief, Mark Reuss. Very little is known about the new AWD setup, however the technology could find a home in other GM vehicles apart from Cadillacs, including future Chevrolet models.
The all-wheel drive system, which would send power to the front wheels while the gas engine would powers the rears, is still a long way out. Vehicles often have to be designed from the ground up to accomodate electric motors and batteries, which could mean that the current, first-generation version of GM’s Alpha platform that underpins the current first-generation ATS and third-generation CTS and upcoming sixth-generation 2016 Camaro aren’t capable of accommodating the system. As such, the electric AWD system may necessitate an all-new vehicle architecture, and considering that Alpha is only three years old, it could be a long time before we see a high-performance Cadillac with an electric AWD set up.
Even if it takes a while to come to market, it’s reassuring to know that GM is working on such a system. Cadillac’s rivals, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, have already jumped on the AWD bandwagon with E63 AMG, next-gen BMW M5, and Audi RS4, RS5, and RS6 all sending power to all wheels.