The Cadillac ATS-L for the Chinese market has been spied by photographers displaying its stretched wheelbase ahead of its official on sale date during the second half of this year. The ATS-L is a lengthened version of the standard ATS meant to compete with other elongated compact sedans such as the Audi A4L and BMW 3Li.
The spy photos, posted by Car News China, show a fully camouflaged ATS-L wearing the vehicle’s new front fascia, which was first seen on the 2015 ATS Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The chassis has been lengthened by 10 centimeters in order to make for more legroom in the rear of the car, where the owner usually rides in China. Indications of the longer chassis appear along the roofline above the rear window and in the way of the longer rear door.
The ATS-L will be built in China by General Motors’ Chinese manufacturing arm, Shanghai-GM. Prices have yet to be announced, although once the ATS begins local production, the current prices are expected to drop. Prices for the standard ATS presently range from 303,800 yuan to 438,000 yuan (US $49,000 – $70,000). Car News China believes this locally made ATS-L will start at around 270,000 yuan (US $43,000).