In recent years, Cadillac has been rapidly catching up to its foreign competitors, almost entirely thanks to the CTS. Now they're launching a smaller RWD sedan to directly compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, and Audi A4- the ATS.
The base engine will be the new 2.5 liter Ecotec inline 4, which puts out 200 horsepower, with an available turbocharged 2.0 liter making 270 horsepower. The top of the line ATS will recieve a powerful 3.6 liter V-6, good for 318 horsepower. The standard transmission will be a 6 speed automatic, with a 6 speed manual available with the turbocharged engine. GM promises a diesel variant in the near future, along with an 8 speed automatic gearbox.
The Cadillac ATS is a gorgeous, lightweight luxury car with competent drivetrain and suspension technology. But will it really be enough to take on the ultimate BMW 3-series? We'll find out this summer when it goes on sale, hopefully soon followed by a convertible, coupe, and high performance ATS-V variant.