Car and Driver have gotten some intriguing information about what Cadillac is looking at for the future with their V-Series and powertrains.
We'll start with V-Series. Now as we reported before, Cadillac is planning on adding more V-Series models. Some of those could be higher-performance versions of current models - something akin to Black Series for Mercedes-Benz AMG models. When asked about this, Cadillac's chief engineer David Leone said, “We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive.”
A source says a we could see something with this idea in 2017. No hint was given as to what model could be in the cards. Our guess is that it would be the ATS-V Coupe.
Now onto the powertrain stuff. Leone reiterated comments made by Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen late last year about offering diesel engines.
“They are both new engines,” said Leone.
In this case, the new engines happen to be a four and six-cylinder diesel. The engines will be tailored for the products they will go into. Now these engines are being built with Europe in mind, but sources say the engines could be offered in the U.S.
Leone also talked about future technologies such as electric super/turbochargers which minimize lag when compared to conventional turbos.
“Electric charging is a novel approach, a way of getting a fast response,” Leone said, adding: “You don’t need to limit it to gasoline engines.”
Now there are some issues that need to be addressed such as adding a 48-Volt electric system and packing it into a vehicle.
Also under investigation for Cadillac? Three-cylinder engines.
“The world is ever-changing, the fuel-economy requirements are different, and those things are possible.”