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Cadillac ATS Image Tease And Prophecies Of Production

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On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

Cadillac ATS Image Tease And Prophecies Of Production

On the heels of GM’s official announcement of the upcoming Chevy Spark, Cadillac has announced that another GM compact will enter the ring—this one primed to compete in a segment long controlled by foreign automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Code-named the Cadillac ‘ATS’, this compact sports sedan may debut this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or possibly at the Detroit car show in January. The ATS is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2012, just in time for gas prices to rise along with summer heat.

Cadillac recently teased a single image of the ATS, for the first time revealing the car without ‘camouflage’. The image indicates that the ATS will be far more aggressively styled than current models. Headlights reach out toward the front of the fender, while the long hood is juxtaposed by a short rear door and trunk.

But what about the CTS, you ask? Back when the CTS was first released, Cadillac pitched it as a BMW 3-series or Audi A4 competitor. Well, not anymore. With the ATS taking the slot, which the CTS failed miserably to dominate, we can expect the CTS to get a bump up in size, power, and amenities. The CTS looks to be a future competitor of the BMW 5-series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz E-class.

Like the larger CTS, the ATS will be rear-wheel drive and supported by a new platform labeled ‘Alpha’. Car and Driver anticipates that the ATS will offer a mix of four-cylinder and V-6 engines, including turbocharged options, and manual transmissions should be available across the board. Look to the future for an all-wheel drive model and perhaps an eventual ATS V, which is rumored to house a scintillating 380 hp.

Even further down the road, Cadillac plans to produce a convertible version of the ATS with a folding cloth roof and updated styling. We can expect the topless ATS to come under a different name, much like the Audi A5 cabriolet slips above the traditional A4. Pricing for base models should start in the mid $20,000 range and fuel economy should max out with highway mileage in the low 30s.

GM intends to invest $190 million and create 600 jobs in the Lansing Grand River assembly plant for production of the ATS.

Here’s to hoping the ATS is a good investment. And, just to save you from waiting for months of image teasing, check out the below video featuring spy footage of the ATS prototype doing a test run.


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