• Aug 11, 2009
Cadillac Sixteen Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

This morning at the media preview hosted by General Motors in its design dome, VP of Design Ed Welburn showed off full-size styling bucks of the next two models from Cadillac. Rounding out the lineup for GM's luxury brand will be the XTS and ATS. The ATS is a smaller car than the CTS and will take direct aim at the heart of the 3-Series. The model shown was a two-door coupe with a roof-line closer in shape to the CTS sedan rather than the extreme fastback profile of the CTS coupe. The overall design is an evolution of the current CTS with headlights that stretch back across the top of the fender line. Although no one would confirm the platform underneath, they did say it would be rear- and all-wheel drive, just like a 3. Earlier in the morning, new Cadillac general manager Bryan Nesbitt said the next generation CTS is already under development and would be new from the ground up. It seems reasonable to assume that it is being developed to allow for a shorter version for the ATS.

The XTS, on the other hand, is huge and carries a lot of the design first seen on the celebrated Sixteen concept (seen above and in high-res gallery below), which means it's stunning in person. Given that a V16 is out of the question, the hood is obviously much shorter than the concept's. The flanks have more curvature than the current DTS and a character line with an undercut lies just below the belt-line.

Welburn declined to give specific timing except to say that both cars were coming soon. We already know that DTS is ending production soon to make way for the Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck plant. There was also no indication of powertrains, although the ATS is likely to be powered by four- and six-cylinder engines. The XTS may use the next generation small block V8 that debuts next year.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe its just me, but I think they shoul steer clear of M3 territory for the first go around. Do a 335i competitor, or even a 335d competitor for Europe. But I can't see a small ATS-V being cheap, and any CTS-V with options is a $70k+ car.

      A car with like 350hp would be a nice entry, maybe a V about 3 years in to bring back excitement for the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So if Allante Touring Sedan would be the ATS, than what the hell does the XTS stand for?
      • 5 Years Ago
      uh... me want pictures?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was definitely under the impression we were going to see pictures of these things today... maybe I misread AB
      • 5 Years Ago
      Three years ago I wouldn't have imagined I'd be so excited about a GM brand...

      Come on ATS!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow - a big, powerful, luxurious, stylish Cadillac. Maybe for once the consultants will earn their pay....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it a lot! It's very impressive.

      However, this is clearly meant for the US and not other markets. I doubt this will sell in Europe, the design language is just too "foreign", or alien if you like, to be accepted. I do think it's beautiful, but it just does not "fit" in here :)

      To be fair I have been to my local "exotic" American car dealer too look at the Cadillacs they have. They're nice, but don't sell at all from what I read.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any pictures of either yet? I'm excited to see the XTS
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm excited to see both the ATS and the XTS. Heck, I'm excited to see everything GM in store for all its brands.
        • 5 Years Ago
        x3, if they can take those lines and put them on a production 3 series fighter cadillac may be on to something
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        If that thing looks ANYTHING like the Sixteen Concept, then I will be very very happy...


        *waits in anticipation*
      • 5 Years Ago
      So if they can do an M5 fighter at $60k does that mean an M3 fighter at $40k? A nice looking ATS with a tweaked LS3 would be fantastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how all of you sit there and beg for photos of these cars way before production or concepts are even out. Then you sit there and lambast GM for releasing photos way prior to production to the point that you get bored with the car before it's out.

      So much hypocrisy...
        • 5 Years Ago
        DP,

        I'm talking about AB commenters, not AB themselves.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ RSV Don

        Reports were made after "SEEING" this concept vehicles in the flesh. The ATS was blue and the XTS was grey, if I remember correctly. So, why couldn't someone post a pic? Embargoed? Then say so.... "We were able to see with our eyes these concept cars, they looked like (thus and such) and we were not allowed to take pictures. You'll have to wait for an upcoming Auto Show" etc.

        Hardly hipocrisy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      PICTURES?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...they did say it would be rear- and all-wheel drive..."


      /HUGE sigh of relief.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I second that sigh of relief. I hope ATS will be able to take on the 3 series and that the XTS will be right up there with the 750. These two models are long overdue.
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