With the departure of the Cadillac ATS, so went the last remaining Cadillac coupe. Many luxury brands have now turned their backs on passenger cars amid the surge in popularity of crossovers and SUVs, so it seems possible the ATS will be the last two-door Cadillac model ever.
All hope is not lost for stylish luxury coupes, though. Our sister site, Cadillac Society, recently sat down with Cadillac president Steve Carlisle and asked him if there is any chance we’ll see another two-door Cadillac model. While different body styles are currently more popular, Carlisle acknowledged that styles and trends are subject to change.
“Never is a long time,” Carlisle said. “The way I look at it, body styles go through cycles, roughly every 10 years. But with electrification, the architecture is so different, it opens up opportunities for different things. And people will be looking for something new and different than what’s on stage [the 2021 Cadillac Escalade]. I’m 100 percent confident of that. So we’ll continue to explore the perimeters of what may be the next thing.”
As Carlisle points out, electric vehicles typically offer superior packaging due to the compact nature of the motors and the battery mounting position. This gives designers more flexibility throughout the styling process, potentially opening up the door for Cadillac to produce style-forward EVs. This could leave it well-placed to produce a head-turning new coupe, though no such vehicle is planned for the immediate future.
Carlisle also said he wants to ensure Cadillac is offering vehicles that set it apart from the competition – no matter what shape or form said products arrive in.
“But I will tell you one other thing,” he added. “We’re not going to do what’s already been done. We’re going to do something different.”
While coupes usually sell in low numbers compared to sedans, have a stylish two-door is important for a luxury automaker, as it can lend the brand a high-end, premium image. Cadillac essentially has all of the most popular vehicle segments covered off with its current product portfolio, but there’s no denying a stylish sports coupe or 2+2 would give the brand some much-needed cachet.