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Cadillac Wants a CLA-Fighter

Recently, Cadillac’s new head has been eyeing a car below the current ATS. One that would allow Cadillac to boost sales in the growing entry-level tier of the lux market where cars like the Mercedes CLA, Audi A3.

These cars are based on front-drive platforms which had us having nightmares that Johan de Nysschen might be thinking a Chevy Cruze based Cadillac might be appealing.

However, he is currently looking and taking Cadillac’s Alpha platform down a notch to fill the void. This could give Cadillac a strong differentiator in this space against the German front-drive (often with AWD systems) competition.

“The cost and packaging advantages of front-wheel dive are appealing. But Cadillac is the challenger brand”, explained de Nysschen. “We want to build our reputation as a purveyor of high-performance driver’s cars, so it’s better that we do it off a rear-wheel drive architecture.”

Smaller than ATS and rear-drive? Sounds promising Mr de Nysschen.

ATS-V Starting Price Announced

In an interview with USA Today, Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen let slip that the newly unveiled ATS-V would start at $63k.

How does that compare to the M3/M4 siblings?

M3 sedan starts at $62950 (according to our friends at kbb.com)
M4 coupe starts at $64950.

So, it appears the ATS-V will come in with a very competitive price.

It will take more detail to know how things shake out once the options start piling on and how the cars compare on the street or track.

ATS-V Reveal

0-60 in under 4 seconds.

6-piston Brembos.

Yummy.

R&T Exposes ATS-V

3.6l twin-turbo V-6 packing 450hp and 445 lb-ft. 

This out-powers handily the new BMW M3 in a similarly size and weight package. 

Yummy. 

ATS-V

ATS-V Burns Rubber

We’ll finally know the details on Cadillac’s M3 fighter at the LA Autoshow.

But for now, enjoy a little hoon-age courtesy of Cadillac’s performance division.

ATS-V to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

It’s going to be a Cadillac auto show season this year.

After the recent revelation that the Cadillac flagship is expected at the NY show which caps the US auto show season, we have now heard that the first show of the season, the Los Angeles show in November will feature the debut of Cadillac’s M3 fighter, the ATS-V.

Expected to pack a twin-turbo V-6, the ATS-V has been rumored to out-power the new M3 handily.

Press conferences are scheduled on November 18-20, so we’ll know on one of those days a lot more about the new hot Cadillac.

We can’t wait.

Cadillac Eyeing Other ATS Variants

It’s always fun to hear the news that flows from a major auto show…

This time, following the unveiling of the ATS Coupe, Cadillac executives have revealed that GM is looking into several other body styles for their hit ATS.

2015 Cadillac ATS CoupeIn addition to the ATS-V, Cadillac is working on the business plans to support both a convertible (apparently already designed and engineered and simply awaiting the go-ahead to hit production) and a sport wagon.

The convertible seems to be a lock for production, but the wagon is a tougher sell (literally, as the segment is approximately 11,000-strong combined in the North American market – making an ATS wagon a definite tiny seller).

More likely is an ATS-based small crossover that we’ve heard rumored for some time now that would slot below the SRX.

Hmmm, an ATS-V sport wagon sounds awfully tasty, though.

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