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Cadillac ATS Confirmed As New Small-Car Family?

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Last August, when Cadillac showed journalists its future lineup, it hadn't yet settled on a name for a new family of cars to slot in beneath the CTS in its lineup.

According to a Tweet posted today by The Detroit News' Scott Burgess, GM has confirmed that the production version of the concept vehicle shown last summer will indeed be dubbed ATS.

The new car isn't due until at least the 2013 model year, but Cadillac's already defined its mission--to woo away shoppers headed into the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Lexus IS and Infiniti G37. To that end, Cadillac plans a few different body styles wearing the new ATS badge, possibly including the two-door concept shown last year at the GM backgrounder.

That Honda Accord Coupe-sized car looked from many angles like the Cadillac Converj concept. Deeply straked headlamps and lots of subtle surfacing on the ATS concept tied it in also with the big 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan that GM's since shown at the Detroit auto show.

The ATS family will be rear-drive, with a longitudinal engine, but all-wheel drive will be engineered into the ATS's new small-car architecture, dubbed "Alpha" within GM. Engines will likely include turbocharged four-cylinders and V-6s, since the ATS will be a successor, in a way, to the failed Cadillac BLS only offered in Europe--essentially, a Saab 9-3 with a Cadillac nose.

[@AutoCritic via Jalopnik]

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