Cadillac has been seeing healthy sales increases recently, mainly off the back of its two core models, the CTS lineup and SRX crossover. The STS is a lackluster product that has never sold well, and the aging DTS is clearly at the end of its lifespan. That basically leaves just one competitive sedan.
Cadillac aims to change that over the next year with the addition of two new models; ATS and XTS. The ATS will compete against the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class while the XTS is an in-between model that will replace both the STS and DTS. For now at least, it will serve as the brand’s flagship model.
Edmunds Inside Line reports that the XTS will make its debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show next month. We’ve been hearing rumblings of that ever since Cadillac introduced the car’s interior as well as the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system.
Both will be making their debuts for the first time at the LA show next month. With the XTS taking center stage at LA, the ATS should debut at the North American International Auto Show next month. There were some who expected the ATS to make its debut in LA.
The sedan will look nearly identical to the XTS Platinum Concept introduced at NAIAS 2010. What isn’t clear is what will power the new sedan; it definitely won’t be the hybrid system that the concept used. The Ciel Concept shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show in August will also make an appearance.
While the XTS is a stopgap for now, based on GM’s Epsilon product, it will be much more competitive than anything Cadillac has fielded in the full-size segment for years. As such, we expect it to help continue Cadillac’s strong sales growth throughout 2012. The rear-wheel drive ATS is the Cadillac we’re really looking forward to though.