Last month, Cadillac made headlines when its President, Johan de Nysschen, stated that the Cadillac ATS and CTS “won’t receive natural successors“, and that one sedan model will replace the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and XTS. A day after, GM Authority spoke to a few members of the Cadillac team and clarified that not one, but rather two sedans will replace the ATS, CTS and XTS.
The first of these will be the Cadillac CT5 — a midsize sedan of sorts that will be priced, according to JdN, between $35,000 and $45,000. That much we already knew. But what we didn’t know are the following two small, yet important details.
1. Cadillac CT5 Will Be Built In Lansing Grand River
First, the upcoming Cadillac CT5 will be build at the GM Lansing Grand River factory in Michigan — which currently serves as the birthplace of the ATS and CTS, as well as the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro. All three vehicles ride on the first iteration of the rear-drive GM Alpha platform, which has been highly covered for its superb handling and driving dynamics.
2. Another Sedan Will Be Built Alongside The CT5
Second, a new report from the Lansing State Journal states that another sedan will be built alongside the CT5 at Lansing Grand River that would compete with the Audi A3. We imagine this to mean that this second vehicle will compete with B segment sedans such as the A3 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan in price, while being a size larger — thereby putting the model in the C segment with the likes of the A4, 3 Series and C-Class from a size standpoint.
But perhaps even more importantly, the circumstance suggests that the indirect replacement for the Cadillac ATS would continue riding on the Alpha platform. Though not an official confirmation by any stretch, the news should subside any fears that the compact Cadillac sedan — which will likely carry the Cadillac CT3 moniker — would be based on a front-drive, transverse-engined architecture such as the D2 platform used by the Chevrolet Cruze, which was rumored about a year ago. Fortunately, the model’s reported assembly at Lansing Grand River disqualifies it from riding on a front-drive platform.
Lansing Grand River Investments
In 2016, GM announced a $221 million investment into the Lansing Grand River plant for new tooling for future Cadillacs and to expand the body shop. It would appear that the investment will go, in part, towards building the CT5 as the replacement for the CTS, as well as a replacement for the ATS, which is rumored but not officially confirmed to be called CT3.