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Tony O'Kane | Jan, 18 2016 | 0 Comments

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).

The 2017 BMW 1 Series during testing last year
The 2017 BMW 1 Series during testing last year

By that time, Alfa Romeo is expected to have revealed its all-new Giulietta, which is rumoured to be making the switch from FWD to RWD by using a shrunken version of the Giulia's underpinnings.

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.

The Cadillac ATS-V sedan's interior - rear legroom is already tight
The Cadillac ATS-V sedan's interior - rear legroom is already tight

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