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The keen-eyed crew over at GMInsideNews may have snagged the best view yet of the upcoming Cadillac ATS chassis. Board member Elvisuperman snapped a screen capture of the introduction video at GM.com, which seems to show an engineer hard at work on what might be the Alpha platform. The bare shell is a four-door sedan with short overhangs, what looks to have a rear-wheel drive configuration and rear flanks that don't match anything else in the General Motors stable at the moment. So, could this be the bones of the company's 3 Series fighter?

It's hard telling. We wouldn't think that the people at GM would be so absent-minded as to slather the chassis of one of the most anticipated vehicles from Cadillac all over the main page, but stranger things have happened.

Word on the web is that the ATS (real name to come) will pack a turbocharged V6 engine when it lands on dealer lots, though GM has yet to announce any powertrain options. Stay tuned, and head over to GM.com to see the video for yourself.


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      Greg Haverford
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised to see a host of engine options in the new ATS - probably a turbo Ecotec for the base model, likely the 2.0L turbo lifted out of the Regal and turned sideways. Mid-level engine could easily be the 304hp 3.6L V6 from the CTS, and it would be a fun ride even with that. I'm probably dreaming but the LS3 would be fantastic in an ATS-V, and would slot in nicely below the CTS-V so as not to step on its toes (430hp vs 556hp), yet be right there with the M3, RS4, IS-F, etc. Oh, and GM, I know it's asking a lot, but can we have a manual transmission option with EVERY engine choice? Who knows where pricing will fall, but you can get a base CTS for $35k, so I'd imagine they'd stick the base ATS at $29k, might be a nice choice with the 2.0L turbo and a manual (if offered). If they can keep a LS3 powered ATS-V with a manual under $45k, I might seriously buy one if it looks as good as all the renderings I've seen thus far.
      redly
      • 3 Years Ago
      5 spoke wheels. I vote Chevy
      Glynn Hadskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe a small displacement V6? Say 2.2 liter? Can you say racing tie in? Only the 2.2 turbo V6 in Indycar will be badged as a Chevy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think you have the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused at the site or sound of the word CADILLAC...I feel sorry for your mother
          kontroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carfan
          carfan, 1. one TU for your comment 2. i'm writing your comment down for posterity...I love it!!!
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        hey whoever you are stupid, the three POS you enumerated are waaay surpassed already by even the tata NANO, Those senile americans are dying out who supported these wanna be luxury krap...i don't know where you live but i know it's far from civilisation.
      iimprezu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another rental car for GM's stable. ATS will start showing up soon at the rental car section of your local airport. Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, get ready!
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even in that state it's an obvious 3 series ripoff.
        themanwithsauce
        • 3 Years Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        Ummm.....what? It's a small, 4-door RWD sports sedan like the 3-series so it is automatically a 3-series ripoff? You are aware those cars existed before the 3-series right? By your logic a 3 series is nothing more than....a datsun 510 ripoff.
          brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          Actually iimprezu, it was the the 3 Series predecessor, the BMW 2002, along with the Datsun 510/Nissan Bluebird which defined the small, sporty RWD sedan segment.
          iimprezu
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          St00pid. The 3-Series invented the sports sedan segment as we know it.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          @limprezu Doesn't mean they perpetually rule the roost on sports sedans. Since the new 3 series is becoming more and more bloated, now's the chance for Cadillac/Audi/other upcoming luxury marques to capitalize and beat BMW at their own game.
        redly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        looks more like a camry ripoff on the backside
          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @redly
          believe me, NOBODY is interested to rip off a camry or any other toyota or honda, I can guarantee you that
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who is going to buy a cadillac without doors? GM is run be morons.
        narcszm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        I'll one-up you: Frankly, I'm surprised BMW and Porsche haven't started charging for the "doors" option.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
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        Jeff Is Mr Mom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Oh they'll buy 'em without doors...as long as they come w/ultra-cheesy, obnoxious rims (see photo above). GM knows what they're doing w/marketing Cadillac to Americans.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jeff Is Mr Mom
          You're an idiot. It's a test mule chassis, not a final production version. I'd say an M3's wheels are just as flashy (if not more so) than a CTS-V, so what's your point here?
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      narcszm
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's he doin workin on the roof? Get to work shoehorning a V8 in there, Mr. Labcoat Engineer!
        mkM3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @narcszm
        +1 ATS-V is on my shortlist for my next car. But it's gotta have a V8.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mkM3
          Don't count on it. With stricter CAFE regulations, I'd expect a tubo 2.0 as the base engine, with either a 3.6 or maybe a supercharged/ Turbo 2.5 as the 335i competitor, and probably a supercharged/turbo 3.6 as the enthusiast engine.
        themanwithsauce
        • 3 Years Ago
        @narcszm
        Narcszm - He's working on making the chassis mid-engined with a roof scoop for a next-gen northstar V8. Probably supercharged. He's currently taking measurements so he knows how big the roof scoop needs to be.
      Truth_Hurts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry for typing the response bellow to "Brian". Not my intention to feed internet trolls. Not interested in a flame war. Anyone who thinks Cadillac has to catch up to Acura is just trying to start a flame war. "Catch up? The SRX out sells the MDX and the FX. In fact it's right on the heels of the best selling luxury vehicle in the U.S. the RX. The CTS out sells the G37, IS, TL and the TSX. The Escalade slaughters the LX, and QX. All at equal or higher transaction prices. I'm pretty sure you have the facts wrong. Drinking to much import Kool Aid. I drive and import, doesn't mean I won't consider a domestic next time."
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        It won't happen. Most likely will be RWD, but the base model will never be a V8. With stricter fuel economy, it'll be a turbo V6, most likely. Perhaps the ATS-V, though.
          kcroc10077
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          From what I head the ATS-V will be packing a twin turbo v-6 developing around 450 hp.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ATS will not be packing a turbo V6 when the CTS doesn't. Heck, when the SRX doesn't! Before I'm going to believe that rumor, we'll have to see an engine announcement from GM for other cars. This has the filler nozzle on the right, just like a CTS and unlike most cars out there. So I'm going to say yeah, this looks like an ATS.
        themanwithsauce
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The SRX does have a turbo. Or....well it did. But it cost too much so they axed it since it didn't provide enough mileage gains for the price. But if this became a volume car, perhaps the increased production and spreading it across the range would defray costs enough to make it a good top level engine for the compact ATS.
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