Meanwhile, the ATS coupe will live on through 2019, but ultimately, the compact luxury car will die off in favor of two new Cadillac sedans. The two new cars will replace the ATS, CTS and XTS models. The first will likely be called the Cadillac CT5.
“This year will bring forth significant changes to our product portfolio, most notably with the introduction of the all-new XT4 SUV as well as concluding the successful life cycle of the ATS sedan in North America,” Donny Nordlicht, Cadillac spokesperson, told The Detroit News. “Production of the ATS sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans.”
The ATS’ death is part of former Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen’s plans to reconfigure the luxury brand’s vehicle portfolio. The Cadillac CT6 will remain the largest of the sedans, while the CT5 will likely straddle the ATS and CTS’ footprint. A smaller sedan, called CT3 or CT4, will round things out.
Matt Russell, Cadillac’s marketing manager for the V-Series and racing, said, “The fact that the ATS sedan has reached end of life cycle does not mean we are getting out of the luxury compact car and luxury subcompact car business. It’s simply too soon to reveal our product plans for the future.”
The ATS’ future remains unclear for China, though. The compact sedan has sold well in the country where Cadillac has grown significantly in recent years.