General Motors is reportedly developing a new electric all-wheel-drive system that will be used by the next-generation Cadillac V-Series models.
General Motors is reportedly developing a new electric all-wheel-drive system that will be used by the next-generation Cadillac V-Series models. The electric system could also be used by other high-performance models in GM’s lineup, like the Camaro and Corvette.
Currently the new ATS-V and CTS-V models are only available as rear-wheel-drive sedans, which puts them at a disadvantage to other competitors that offer all-wheel-drive, like Audi’s all-wheel-drive RS lineup. The new electric all-wheel-drive system, known as e-AWD would help make the V-Series more attractive in parts of the country that require all-wheel-drive.
The e-AWD system could also be used for an electrified Cadillac. The current Cadillac ELR has largely been a sales disappointment.
Unfortunately it will be a few years until the electric system is added, since it’s not easy to retrofit the system to the current models. Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen recently stated that adding the electric system to the front wheels of the current rear-wheel-drive cars is not practical. Platforms need to be designed for it from the beginning, which means we will have to wait until the next-generation models arrive. Given the fact that the ATS is only two years old and the CTS only debuted a year ago, we will have to wait a bit.