When GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant received $190 million plus an additional $88 million for renovations towards building future products, the writing was on the wall that the plant was being fitted to build the upcoming Cadillac ATS compact luxury sport sedan alongside the larger CTS. Today, The General has finally, officially, come forward in confirming what everybody pretty much already knew. Production is set to begin in the summer of next year, putting in the position for an expected Q3 2012 launch.
The ATS is not the only Cadillac on the horizon. Yes, the Epsilon II-based XTS is also expected to launch next year, most likely in the spring, and will be built in Oshawa, Ontario. We expect six-cylinder offerings only for the front and all-wheel-drive XTS, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a mild hybrid system a la Buick LaCrosse eAssist makes its way into the lineup, either.