Pulling the plug on the ATS sedan

The Expositor (Brantford) - - DRIVING - CLAY­TON SEAMS

Cadil­lac is mak­ing way for the all-new XT4 by pulling the plug on the ATS sedan.

The 2018 model year will be the last for the four-door ATS; start­ing in 2019, only the coupe will be of­fered. In a state­ment to The Truth About Cars, Cadil­lac prod­uct com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist Donny Nordlicht says the ATS sedan has to go in or­der to re­tool GM’s Lansing Grand River plant.

“This year will bring forth sig­nif­i­cant changes to our prod­uct port­fo­lio, most notably with the in­tro­duc­tion of the all-new XT4 SUV, as well as con­clud­ing the suc­cess­ful life cy­cle of the ATS sedan in North Amer­ica,” he said.

The two-door ATS, which was in­tro­duced for 2015, will con­tinue through 2019 — in­clud­ing the ATS-V coupe. Cadil­lac killing off a sedan, while in­tro­duc­ing a new cross­over, is fur­ther proof of the grow­ing trend away from typ­i­cal “cars” to­ward the CUVs favoured by con­sumers.

Af­ter 2019, the CTS, ATS, and XTS will be con­sol­i­dated into just two mod­els — the smaller of which will be aligned as a BMW 3 Se­ries com­peti­tor — while the CT6 will carry on as Cadil­lac’s flag­ship sedan.

At least we still have at least one more model year to en­joy the ex­cel­lent ATS-V coupe be­fore the new mod­els ar­rive.

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2018 Cadil­lac ATS-V Coupe

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