He commented on the car in an interview with Jalopnik and specifically noted its top-spec trim, likely a V-Sport or V-Series, “will certainly lap the Nürburgring faster than anyone of our competitors in that category, if they care about that.”
The sub-ATS model will likely rival the BMW 2-Series, Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3. Only the BMW comes with standard rear-wheel drive, and Cadillac has been adamant about developing its competitor with an RWD layout as well.
The fact that a smaller sedan than the ATS is still in the pipeline begins to clarify what Cadillac’s sedan portfolio will look like in the near future. The ATS replacement would likely become this smaller sedan, possibly called the CT3, while the CTS, soon to be CT5, plays in the compact and mid-size sedan segment.
The CT6 will sit as the largest offering, which would give Cadillac the space it desires between its sedans. Right now, the three cars overlap each other just a tad. The XTS should die off in the coming years, and Cadillac has reportedly given the Escala concept a green light for production.