Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has, again, spilled additional plans about Cadillac’s future. Like most global brands, the brand boss has confirmed plans to realign Cadillac’s sedan lineup and focus on SUVs and electrification going forward.
“We have to rebalance our sedan portfolio,” Johan de Nysschen told Reuters in interview.
That rebalance is going to include an indirect replacement for three different sedans. de Nysschen confirmed plans for the upcoming Cadillac CT5 sedan to indirectly fill the role of the ATS, CTS and XTS sedans. Essentially the CT5 will be a midsize sedan that ends up being about the size of today’s CTS with a slightly lower price tag. Meanwhile, the CT6 will remain at the top of the Cadillac sedan crest.
The new CT5 is expected to be produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan. This is the same plant that is currently producing the ATS and CTS sedans, suggesting the CT5 will be built on a new version of GM’s rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture.
Cadillac will round out its three sedan lineup with a new smaller sedan to slot under the CT5. de Nysschen defied his usual and did not disclose the name for this one, but logic would suggest CT4 or CT3. He did confirm that this car, too, will be produced at the Lansing plant, again suggesting rear-wheel-drive.
While de Nysschen is making news about this “realignment,” it really just sounds like the replacements for the ATS and CTS are going to adjust in terms of size and change name; something we’ve known for years.
Aside from the sedan plans, Cadillac also confirmed plans to launch a new compact crossover called the XT4, while the executive also went ahead and confirmed a new three-row crossover will launch in 2019. Both of these have been previously confirmed.
Where de Nysschen’s typical detail-laden spill fizzled out was when the conversation shifted to Cadillac’s electrification plans. Aside from saying their plan is not “dissimilar to Volvo’s.” Volvo recently announced it intends to have an all-electrified lineup, eventually.