Remember how we said Alfa Romeo might wind up as the only premium manufacturer with a rear-wheel drive small car? Looks like we might be wrong - Cadillac may soon come to play with a RWD compact of its own.
According to US magazine Road & Track, GM's luxury marque Cadillac is prepping a small sedan to serve as the entrypoint to its model range - and it could use the same platform that underpins the Camaro.
Speaking to the magazine at the recent Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac chief engineer Dave Leone said the company was, "working on something below ATS", before stating that Cadillac sedans are "known for being rear-wheel drive".
It's hardly concrete confirmation, but if Cadillac elects to tread that path it could soon be one of few manufacturers with a RWD small car in its inventory.
BMW currently has the rear-drive 1 Series hatch, but that model line is due to transition to a transverse-engined FWD/AWD platform next year (when a sedan bodystyle will also arrive).
With the Cadillac ATS (pictured in twin-turbo ATS-V form) measuring in at 4643mm long (3mm shorter than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class) a sub-ATS model would likely measure in close to the Audi A3 sedan's 4456mm length - the Giulietta may be slightly shorter if a sedan version doesn't eventuate.
The ATS is built on GM's RWD/AWD Alpha platform (also used by the Chevrolet Camaro), and is currently the smallest vehicle built on that architecture.
How much smaller can it scale to? Is it indeed suitable for Cadillac's new entry model? We've yet to find that out.
- Interested in buying ? Visit our showroom for more information.