When the Cadillac ATS first debuted in 2012, we were told that there would be diesels. Over time, when we brought up the expected ATS diesel in conversation, we were given the shrug and the change in subject. The same can be said when we inquired about the European strategy for Cadillac, or lack thereof. Because a Cadillac ATS diesel, let alone a CTS diesel, was absent from that diesel-friendly market, as well.
And so on, and so forth.
We’ve never seen any hint of a strongly vetted Cadillac diesel plan. Even as Chevrolet began to roll out diesel products, from Cruze to Silverado. So, why was there ever an impression that GM’s luxury brand ever had a diesel plan put together? It likely never did.
Over the past couple years, Cadillac has only pushed technology, like Super Cruise, along with electrification, and never once uttered the ‘d’ word, aside from a thin report from 2017, which had proven itself hollow over time. It came as no surprise to us that Cadillac reps had told curious journalists that the brand will “focus on electrification” going forward, and Cadillac diesel will be put on the backburner, even though it seemed that plugging in was the plan all along.
General Motors hasn’t been shy of its electric vehicle ambitions, and insists on launching 20 all-new electric vehicles within the next five years. Reading between the lines, it’s extremely likely that Cadillac will be the recipient of a strong number of those products, as it rolls into its next-generation product offensive. The new product rollout, approved by former brand chief Johan de Nysschen, started with the 2019 Cadillac XT4, and it’s expected that the debut of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 will follow it. From there, look for an all-new 2020 Cadillac Escalade. Afterwards, expect the replacements for the ATS and CTS to debut, likely called the CT5 and CT3, or CT4. That said, don’t expect any Cadillac diesel products in the near-term future.