The sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Groupe has left many questions to be answered, but we have the answer to one today.
Car and Driver reports Cadillac’s diesel engine program is on track and has not been derailed by the sale of Opel. Initially, the new Cadillac diesels were to be developed in conjunction with Opel and serve as the German brand’s next generation oil burners. The engines have been in development for a couple of years in both 6- and 4-cylinder variations.
Developing the engines solely for Cadillac would be too costly. However, the supply agreements are already in place, and Opel is set to receive the engines despite its transfer of ownership towards the end of 2017.
“The diesel program has been affected, but not catastrophically,” and an unnamed source told Car and Driver.
The upcoming diesel engines are part of Cadillac’s overall growth strategy as it eyes up the European market next decade. Diesel is a must to be considered a key player. So are right-hand drive vehicles, something the brand is also working on.
Cadillac hasn’t revealed if the diesel engines will be offered in the United States, but considering General Motors has had a thing for the fuel as of recent, it’s not unlikely. The 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2017 Chevrolet Cruze all offer a diesel engine option.