Last year, documents filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration showed Cadillac was likely to drop the ATS sedan model, while the coupe soldiers on. New evidence suggests that will, indeed, be the plan moving forward.
According to a report from The Truth About Cars on Tuesday, the GM fleet order guide does not include the ATS sedan either. Instead, the ATS coupe and ATS-V coupe remain, as do the CTS and CTS-V. Thus, we now have to pieces of evidence showing the ATS sedan is not long for this world.
The 2019 Cadillac ATS coupe should stick around relatively unchanged in the meantime, and previous intel showed zero powertrain changes.
However, the ATS sedan’s death makes sense considering Cadillac’s future sedan portfolio. The forthcoming Cadillac CT5 will arrive with a similar price range to the ATS at around $35,000 to $45,000. A second unnamed model, CT3 or CT4, will slot below the CT5. Both sedans will “replace” the ATS, CTS and aged XTS. The 2019 Cadillac CT6 will stick around as a range-topping sedan and will boast fresh looks for the model year. The CT6 also gains a V-Sport option with the brand’s new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.
The wildcard is the leadership change at Cadillac. Johan de Nysschen is out, and GM loyalists Steve Carlisle is in. It’s unclear if Carlisle has plans to adjust Cadillac’s future product portfolio, but the ATS sedan’s death appears a done deal.