While we never thought Cadillac would actually move one of its sedans to a front-wheel drive platform, we can nearly squash any remaining rumors surrounding the thought.
AutoGuide recently dug up a clue to the future Cadillac CTS and future Cadillac ATS replacements and it all but confirms the two sedans will continue to ride on the General Motors Alpha platform. Specifically, a LinkedIn profile for one Lisa Graf says that she is a Senior Project Manager at Harman International, the company responsible for premium audio systems such as Harman Kardon, JBL, Mark Levinson and others.
Now, here’s our clue that tips Cadillac’s future sedans. Per the current job description:
Currently serving as the senior program manager on the General Motors E2UL, A2SL and A2LL amplifier program and Faraday Futures speakers.
For those who don’t speak GM code, “A” is the Alpha platform. Currently, the CTS and ATS are classified as A1SL and A1LL, respectively, where “1” stands for first generation, while the “S” refers to a shortened version of the Alpha platform and the “L” translates to the longer variant. The “L” present in both platform codes is GM’s reference to Cadillac, as the letter “C” denotes Chevrolet. Therefore, we can conclude there are short and long-wheelbase Cadillac sedans coming to succeed the ATS and CTS sedans will ride on the Alpha 2 platform that succeeds the first-generation Alpha 1. Cadillac previously confirmed not one, but two new sedans will arrive in the future to “replace” the ATS, CTS and XTS.
For those wondering about the E2UL product code, it refers to the Cadillac XT4 crossover, which is expected to ride on the GM E2 platform — and oddly not the C1 platform. In addition, it’s also safe to say future Cadillac may forego Bose and turn to Harman for premium audio systems.