The imported Cadillac ATS faces stiff competition in one of the brands most crucial markets, China. Seeing as rear leg room matters more than anything else for car buyers in China, the ATS is having a tough go of it trying to compete with the stretched Audi A4L, BMW 3Li and Volvo S60L, all of which are built locally. That is why when construction of Cadillac’s Chinese plant is complete, the ATS will be offered in long wheelbase form, according to Car News China.
The stretched ATS, to be called ATS-L, will be manufactured by GM’s Chinese joint venture, Shanghai-GM. The ATS-L will be extended 10 centimeters compared to the stout and sporty US variant, bringing the wheelbase to a length of 2875mm.
Currently only imported with the 2.0 liter turbo engine, the locally built ATS-L will be offered with either the 200 horsepower, 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine or 320 horsepower V6. As expected, pricing of the ATS will drop once local production commences, with the ATS-L starting at 275,000 yuan (US $45,469).