Cadillac ATS Sedan Getting The Axe For 2019, Coupe Will Live On

The Cadillac ATS Sedan was designed to take on the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class but it never managed to live up to those lofty expectations.

Last year, reports suggested the model would be going away for the 2019 model year and that has now been confirmed by Cadillac spokesman Donny Nordlicht. Speaking to Carbuzz, Nordlicht said “Production of the ATS Sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and retooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans.”

Nordlicht didn’t go into specifics but he’s obviously talking about the upcoming CT5. The all-new sedan will eventually replace several different models including the ATS, CTS and XTS. Former Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen had suggested the model will start at around $35,000 and this would be slightly less than the 2018 ATS Sedan which begins at $35,495.

Customers who are still in the market for an ATS shouldn’t fret as the sedan is still available at dealerships and Cadillac is going to manage inventory levels to “ensure retails sales availability through the end of the year.” That shouldn’t be too difficult as Carsalesbase data shows the company has only managed to sell 5,104 units in the United States this year.

While the ATS Sedan is going away next year, the ATS and ATS-V Coupe will live on into 2019. This isn’t too surprising as both models were introduced later into the ATS’ lifecycle.

While all ATS models will eventually be phased out, Nordlicht said “Cadillac’s future sedan portfolio will consist of three sedans, positioned in different segments and clearly differentiated by size and price.” This is a subtle reminder that the CT5 and CT6 will eventually be joined by a new entry-level sedan which will compete with models such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA.

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  • john1168

    It’s too bad their killing off this car. I always liked the ATS EXCEPT for the 1990 minivan instrument cluster that’s in it. But I’m sure the CT5 will be a big improvement over the ATS and CTS.

  • LWOAP

    So no ATS sedan but there still will be a coupe…..okay I guess?

    • Nordschleife

      That way they at least keep one coupe to play with the Germans. I am actually happy since coupes are a dying breed but if they cancel this and make a Buick Avista then the hell with the ATS coupe.

    • Yeah, that could mean that there won’t be CT5 Coupe for a while, and they still needs some halo V model in the line up.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    R.I.P.

    And what’s weird is that they’re scrapping the sedan, yet keeps the coupe variant….. okay…?

    • Probably to keep the line up complete, it seems there won’t be CT5 Coupe soon and those V model is still a halo model for them.

  • Jason Panamera

    CT5 replacing ATS, CTS and XTS. It’s like replacing Audi A4, A5 and A6 with Skoda Superb by VW.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Maybe the CT6 should replace the XTS? The CT5 could then replace the CTS and ATS.

  • TheBelltower

    Cadillac needs to do better. Their cars and SUVs aren’t seductive enough. Also, their showrooms are trashy. Mostly because they are combined with Chevy’s showroom, and there’s a dump truck and a snow plow parked on each side of an Escalade. Though I do like the CTS-V and the latest CT6.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I wonder why brands keep killing the best models and leaving the most anonymous, boring ones. This is one of the best US cars ever made, one of the few able to go on par with European and Japanese models on a track and on normal roads. A waste of know-how and technology as well in favor of models that sell better to boring users.

    • Merc1

      Well that is because all the focused on was handling. The rest of the car is seriously behind the class. Track performance alone doesn’t sell luxury cars.

      M

  • CBV2020

    Cadillac seems to struggle with enough commitment to make room for themselves in the various segments that require continuous branding presence. I imagine it unrealistic to constantly expect a new vehicle to immediately compete with other manufacture’s decades-old nameplates.

  • BlackPegasus

    Cadillac Executives: “we’ve FAILED at properly competing with the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-class, so lets make a smaller/cheaper POS sedan to compete with the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA at a cheaper price than the ATS. Yeah, that should change things.”

    🙄 Thanks for nothing Cadillac! I thought the ATS sedan was an athletic well proportioned car with just some minor flaws to the interior. But it was worth keeping around.

  • BlackPegasus

    Yeah, a cheap FWD POS to compete with the posers who buy the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA.

  • Vassilis

    Shame, the sedan looks better.

  • Harry_Wild

    Sedan to small inside!

  • BtheKing

    In my opinion, the ATS sedan is too small inside & not distinctive enough on the outside. It’s not very comfortable either. The similar-looking CTS is a little bigger, but still not comfortable or roomy enough. Cadillac can and should do better. As for the remaining coupe, it needs a restyle— it looked bland when it debuted, & time hasn’t been any kinder to it. That said, it’s such a low-volume model, it might not be worth the effort.

  • Enter Ranting

    I looked at an ATS Coupe. I like the understated exterior styling. The interior needs work, CUE totally sucks and those gauges are an absolute joke. But what really turned me off was that closing the door sounded like pushing a filing cabined filled with silverware down a flight of stairs. Absolutely shocking. I’m expected to experience that racket every time I drive the car? GM never sweats the details. That’s why Cadillac is in a tailspin.

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