Cadillac Chief Engineer Dave Leone has confirmed that the brand will launch four- and six-cylinder diesel engines, reads a new report from Car And Driver. Both diesel engines will be new, designed with the European market in mind. Citing unnamed sources, the report says that these diesel engines will be offered in the U.S. as well. Once the diesel engines arrive, the brand’s sales could see a big jump in the European market where buyer preference is gravitating towards diesel, provided dealership expansion takes place concurrently. Without a doubt, diesel models for the ATS, CTS and the flagship sedan CT6 can be expected now. The SRX crossover could also get a diesel model but the Escalade cannot be expected to get them as they may not be powerful enough for the full-size SUV.
Mr. Leone also showed interest in electric turbo technology for minimizing lag at low rpm in diesel vehicles, as per the report. However, he acknowledged that packaging this technology would be challenging and that it would also need a 48-volt electrical system prior to its adopting. Audi presented this technology on the 2014 RSQ5 TDI-e concept and is going to use this turbocharging technology on the SQ7 that is set to arrive in 2016.
According to the report, the Chief Engineer also confirmed that Cadillac is studying three-cylinder engines for future models. On a closing note, he said that the brand will offer engine stop-start system beginning with MY2016 models.
[Source: Car And Driver]