DeNysschen: Cadillac “Definitely” Bringing Diesels to U.S. by 2020
Four-, Six-Cylinder Engines to Debut First in Europe
Once still haunted by reliability issues of its diesel models offered in the late ’70s and early ’80s, General Motors has slowly started to embrace diesels again, starting with the Cruze compact sedan and offered soon as an option on the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks. In 2014, GM’s VP of global powertrains said the Cruze was the “first of many” diesels to be offered in the U.S. market. Yesterday, Automotive News reports that Cadillac chief Johan DeNysschen said Cadillac is definitely on board with the program as well, saying Cadillac will have several diesel models in the European market by 2019, with sales following shortly thereafter in the U.S., presumably by 2020. The I-4 and V-6 engines could provide broad coverage of Cadillac’s future product lineup, from compact and midsize sedans to crossovers and possibly including vehicles as large as the Escalade fullsize SUV.
Although GM has not said anything official on the fate of the 4.5L Duramax V-8, we believe it’s probably either essentially dead in terms of a production engine or will be offered as a second, more economical alternative in the HD trucks alongside the 6.6L Duramax V-8. The more likely diesel candidate at this point for GM’s 1/2-ton trucks and SUVs is a V-6 of between 3 and 3.5 liters. The forthcoming XT5 midsize crossover replacing the SRX could get either an I-4 or V-6 diesel option. Among its competitive set, the Mercedes ML now offers an I-4 diesel, and the BMW X5 has a 3.0L I-6 diesel.
DeNysschen has made it clear that he wants to make Cadillac more autonomous from GM as a whole, however, in the area of powertrains, it’s unlikely that Cadillac will have entirely clean-sheet engines distinct from the rest of the GM lineup. Specific tuning and displacements may be unique to Cadillac, but it’s likely the engines will be shared with other GM products globally and domestically.
Source: Automotive News