2012 Cadillac lineup to feature two all-new models

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept

NEW YORK — Cadillac will solidify its model lineup during the 2012 model year with the introduction of two new entrants, the upgrade of another  and the elimination of two.

Speaking to a group of auto journalists here, Don Butler, vice president of marketing emphasized that the mid-size CTS sedan, coupe and wagon will remain the core of the Cadillac brand.

But, he said, the Cadillac portfolio will be widened with an all-new and smaller ATS sport sedan and the full-size XTS, which Cadillac considers “a new interpretation of a large luxury sedan.

While he did not list any specifics, Butler said the ATS will be “nimble, quick and fun” and put Cadillac in a new market segment. It will compete primarily with the Mercedes-Benz C Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

Coupe and wagon variants are expected to come later.

The XTS, he said, “will look like a carbon copy of the XTS Platinum Concept” first introduced at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in 2010.

Previous reports have indicated that the ATS, with looks inspired by the CTS, will be available with rear- and-all-wheel drive. Expected engines are a turbocharged 270-horsepower, four-cylinder engine or an optional 3.6-liter, 330-horsepower V-6 engine.

The XTS, available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, will replace the aging front-wheel-drive DTS sedan and the rear/all-wheel drive STS sedan. It will likely be powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. A more upscale model could have a hybrid powertrain.

Butler also said that the 2012 Cadillac SRX, which has risen from No.9 to No 1 seller in the luxury crossover market, will get a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with more than 300 horsepower to replace both the 3-liter and turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 powperplants.