Specifically, de Nysschen pointed out the cramped rear seat room is turning away some buyers. The next-generation ATS, which will grow in size, “must address some of the criticisms on the rear seat accommodations. And it will do so”, said the executive.
The remarks came during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week, where he also divulged that Cadillac is working on a new model that would slot beneath the ATS. The new sub-ATS vehicle, which will be made possible by growing the ATS, will be built on a rear-drive platform and will rival a wave of new entry-luxury compact models such as the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and — to some extent — the BMW 1 and 2 Series. Though de Nysschen confirmed that such a vehicle is in the works, he declined to put a time frame on its arrival, along with the arrival of the next-gen ATS.