While Cadillac takes a moment to pause its new product, Road & Track was able to muster out a sign of life from the brand despite its quiet presence at the show.
According to Cadillac executive chief engineer, Dave Leone, the brand is definitely working on a sedan to slot below the ATS. And it will be rear-wheel drive.
“We are working on something below ATS. One of our strengths in sedans is that we are known for being rear-wheel drive,” Leone said.
A compact, rear-wheel drive sedan would have merely one competitor in the marketplace: the BMW 2-Series. Other than that one car, every other luxury brand has opted to bring forth a front-wheel drive sedan for around $30,000.
Engineering around the Alpha platform could prove to be difficult, though. The platform was engineered to support much larger cars, but we have a feeling if there’s truly a will, there is certainly a way.
Don’t expect to see a compact Cadillac sedan until at least 2018 after Cadillac’s hiatus lifts.