A prototype version of Cadillac’s upcoming BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival, dubbed the ATS, has been caught on video during road testing. Though still heavily camouflaged, it appears that the Detroit firm’s compact, rear-wheel drive sports sedan will continue with Cadillac’s Art and Science design language.
The new ATS sedan will be positioned below the CTS, taking its place as the Cadillac’s entry-level model. The introduction of the ATS will allow the next iteration of the CTS to grow in dimensions to better compete with Germany’s executive saloons like the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6.
The engine lineup of the ATS is pretty much speculation as of right now, though a supposedly official document that leaked onto the internet in January made word of three engine choices including a 270HP 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 330HP 3.6-liter V6 and a 470HP 6.2-liter V8 for the range topping ATS-V.
The document also states that the four-and six-cylinder models will be hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the flagship V8 will be matted to a 6-speed auto. Again, we must note that the information on the document should be taken with a grain of salt as it has not yet been officially confirmed.
It is believed that aside from the sedan variant, GM’s plans for the ATS include the introduction of a coupe and possibly a sports wagon as well as a convertible model.
The new small Cadillac will be built at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant and is expected to hit the market by 2013 as a 2014 model year.
Source: ATS Forums / Youtube