For all of the Cadillac ATS‘ weak spots, it possesses one saving grace: it’s really good to drive. The chassis tuning and responsiveness makes it nimble and a fun companion in daily driving scenarios. Then, Alfa Romeo showed up with the Giulia and a similar proposition with a similarly striking exterior design.
Fiat-Chrysler Authority reported on Friday the ATS may be in for one-two punch after new information showed a potential 350-horsepower variant is in the works. FCA’s OEM service site now lists data for a Giulia equipped with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Ti, but rated at 350 hp. Granted, the site is for global cars, which means North America may never even see such a car.
Right now, the Giulia offers a 280-hp Ti model and the bonkers Quadrifoglio model with 505 hp. A 350-hp car could split the difference. FCA responded to the information by saying there were “no plans for any other engines for Giulia in North America for 2018 model year.” Note, the comment said nothing about 2019 and the near future.
Cadillac is due to overhaul its sedan lineup in the near future as well with three sedans placed further apart in size and packaging. The ATS, or whatever it’s called when it debuts, will have stiff competition to face, even as sedan sales decline.