It’s official: after months of teaser videos and speculation, it has been confirmed that the BMW 3-Series-fighting Cadillac ATS sedan will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and begin production shortly thereafter.
The ATS’ existence was hardly a secret--we’ve been hearing about the small sedan for months now--but Mary Barra, GM’s senior vice president of global product development, confirmed the model’s Detroit debut while speaking to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit late last week. With just one month to go until we see it in the flesh, the rumors are already starting to fly about what it’ll contain.
For starters, we’ve heard that there will be a selection of engines underhood, starting with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s broadly similar in power (but not necessarily in design) to the current motor in the Buick Regal GS. Other engine possibilities include the already-popular 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 from the CTS, and some sort of ATS-V that could be powered by either a forced induction V-6 or naturally aspirated V-8.
While the engine choices have been harder to nail down, we do know that the car will offer either a manual or paddle-shifted automatic transmission, thanks to a couple of brief shots in their cadre of teaser videos. One of those videos also suggests that the ATS will offer an all-wheel drive version, if you can believe a brief clip of a mule’s front wheels spinning on a dyno.
Rumors and teasers aside, the car will debut early in January in Detroit, and will begin production next summer at the Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan.
Sources: General Motors