General Motors and Cadillac have invested $175 million into the GM Lansing Grand River assembly plant for production of the luxury division’s updated sedan portfolio. The Cadillac CTS and ATS will see replacements, likely called the Cadillac CT5 as well as another model called CT4 or CT3.
According to a report from The Detroit News on Monday, GM has already begun installing new tooling at the plant, which currently produces the ATS and CTS lines, as well as the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro. Cadillac did not provide additional information on the sedans and would not confirm their names.
The $175 million investment is part of GM’s $500 million investment in U.S. manufacturing over the last two years. The retooling also comes as Cadillac prepares its product onslaught, with a new Cadillac model coming every six months starting in 2018 with the 2019 Cadillac XT4. Although the strategy began under ex-president Johan de Nysschen, newly minted boss Steve Carlisle will continue the strategy at Cadillac.
The CT5 will indirectly replace the ATS and CTS sedans, straddling the line between compact and mid-size—a strategy that has worked well for Cadillac in the past. Another sedan – called either the CT3 or CT4 – will slot below it to indirectly replace the ATS sedan and fill the space below it. The XTS is not long for this world, leaving the CT6 as the brand’s largest sedan offering. Eventually, we will likely see a proper flagship sedan join the portfolio alongside a handful of new crossover vehicles – including the aforementioned XT4, as well as the larger Cadillac XT6.