Cadillac now has a convertible based on the Alpha platform that underpins the ATS and CTS sedans on its upcoming product schedule. This news comes straight from General Motors executives who spoke at a dealers meeting last month in Las Vegas. According to several in attendance, GM went as far as showing an image of the upcoming convertible. However, when questioned by Automotive News, a Cadillac spokesman would not confirm whether a sketch was shown.
The spokesman did say that Cadillac would “like to introduce an open car to the portfolio at some point,” but that “it’s not likely to be one of the near-term portfolio additions.”
The possibility of a drop-top, Alpha-based product doesn’t seem too far-fetched. In 2012, then GM president Mark Reuss confirmed that engineering work for a convertible version of the ATS was “pretty much designed” but that the project had been put on hold.
What’s more, the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be underpinned by this same Alpha platform. Considering the Camaro has traditionally offered a convertible version, the designs Ruess mentioned in 2012 are likely now employed on current Camaro development. This makes it highly likely the upcoming Cadillac and the soon-to-be-revealed sixth-generation Camaro will share many components.
A drop-top Caddy isn’t the only future vehicle discussed in that dealers’ meeting. Attendees were also told of plans for a small crossover, a larger crossover that would slot between the SRX and Escalade, and an entry-level sedan slotted below the ATS. At this point, these are only plans and will likely take several years to develop.