Between the Alpha-based ATS and CTS, the ELR and the 2015 Escalade, Cadillac’s lineup is relatively fresh and poised to do battle in the highly competitive luxury car market. The brand will have to keep up the hard work in order to remain competitive, and Automotive News has some guesses on some of Cadillac’s future product.
The long-awaited CTS-V performance variant of the CTS will arrive in mid-2015 as a 2016 model and like us, AN believes the car should receive the same 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 LT4 that will also power the 2015 Corvette Z06. However, some expect the motor to be a twin-turbo V8 instead. And it probably won’t make as much 650 ponies. On the more basic end, the standard CTS isn’t expected to receive any major updates until 2019.
As we know, the 2015 ATS Coupe will arrive at dealers shortly, while a slightly refreshed version of the sedan will arrive in mid-2015 for the 2016 model year. The ATS-V, in both ATS-V Sedan and ATS-V Coupe forms, is expected to arrive around same time as the CTS-V and will likely be powered by GM’s 3.6-liter twin turbocharged LF3 engine producing more than 420 horsepower.
The ELR plug-in hybrid will be due for a refresh in 2017. There has been no word about a Cadillac variant of the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt as of yet, which is currently under development and due for a 2016 debut.
Cadillac’s flagship full-size SUV, the Escalade, is set to receive General Motors’ new 10-speed transmission it is co-developing with Ford in 2017, which should be the same time it receives its first styling tweaks. The mid-size SRX, meanwhile, will be updated in 2016 and will receive the nine-speed front-wheel drive gearbox, which is also a result of the Ford partnership. A large crossover is still under consideration, but won’t be ready before 2018.
Finally, the highly anticipated CT6 rear-wheel drive full-size sedan will arrive in 2015 or early 2016. It will be the first GM vehicle to sit atop the automaker’s new Omega platform and will receive styling cues from the well-received Elmiraj concept. AN is confident the car will receive the same 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 LF3 and Aisin-sourced eight-speed transmission that is currently in the CTS Vsport; the flagship will eventually get the 10-speed transmission a year later in 2017. All-wheel-drive will also be available as an option. Lastly, the XTS is expected to stick around as a softer sedan to compliment the CTS.