e-AWD Coming (Eventually) to Cadillac V-Series, Camaro
According to a report, General Motors is putting together an electric all-wheel-drive system that will be tailor-made for performance vehicles. The earliest identified candidates for e-AWD? The next-gen Cadillac V-Series, the Chevrolet Camaro, and some derivative of the Corvette.
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Edmunds says that the plan for performance e-AWD serves two masters: it gives popular models like the ATS-V and CTS-V the much-needed all-wheel-drive platform that will keep them competitive with other luxury brands that sell particularly well in parts of the country where the weather is typically bad in the winter, and it would make future models considerably more fuel-efficient.
It’s noted, however, that it would be quite difficult to retrofit GM’s pre-existing RWD platform with electric all-wheel drive. As such, it’s more likely that the technology would be plugged into next-gen vehicles built on the Alpha platform.
When asked in Detroit, President of Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen, confirmed that retrofitting would not be a sensible solution, and that any future vehicles to employ e-AWD would likely need to have it baked in from the jump.
Given that the current generation of ATS-V and CTS-V are fairly new, this could mean we’ve got a long while to wait.
News Source: Edmunds