So Buick, yes Buick is stealing the show up in Detroit right now with their stunning Avista. However another small piece of GM news has escaped Detriot. Cadillac is working on a Baby Brother to the fantastic ATS. Cadillac executive chief engineer Dave Leone told Road and Track, “We are working on something below ATS.” Leone would continue, “one of our strengths in sedans is that we are known for being rear-wheel drive.” As of now BMW is the only one who offers a rear wheel drive small luxury sedan. It is no surprise that the proposed baby Cadillac would go toe to toe with the BMW 2 series. As Cadillac has made it clear they have the Bavarians squarely in their sights.
The proposed small Caddy would presumably ride on GM’s Alpha Platform. There are some packaging issues to work through, however they are well worth the effort to build a small, rear wheel drive luxury sedan. You may be asking yourself right now, “What’s the big deal? Audi, Mercedes and Acura all offer fine cars in this segment and they’re front wheel drive.” Yes, those are all just fine vehicles. Rear wheel drive is like offering a Manual Transmission. Is it necessary? No. Is it better? Yes, 1000% yes. The rear wheels do the propulsion and the front do the steering. This is the natural order of things. This all leads to better balance, better feel and more fun. It’s a smallish car, so all of those good things will get magnified. Plus you get better gas mileage, and it’ll be relatively affordable, think somewhere in the $30k range.
So I say to Cadillac, on behalf of ShiftingLanes and all automotive enthusiasts everywhere, make this car. Make it with a Manual, and make it now. When you’re done make a V Spec version.