General Motors will initially launch its new Cadillac ATS saloon in Europe without a diesel engine.
Speaking at the ATS's reveal on the eve of the Detroit motor show, Cadillac's marketing chief Don Butler confirmed to Autocar a diesel ATS would be launched before the 3-series rival received a mid-life facelift "within four years", but added a European launch would not wait for the diesel to be readied.
Butler believes that the new turbocharged 270bhp four-cylinder engine that GM will launch in the ATS is a worthy alternative to diesel in the meantime. "I can see an ATS with that engine on the Autobahn being a very strong performer," he said.
Butler refused to confirm whether or not the diesel engine would be sourced from within GM or if it would be a new Cadillac-specific engine.
The ATS's all-new rear-drive platform has been conceived right from the outset with right-hand drive in mind, Butler confirmed.