Back in 2016, we reported that Cadillac was working on a small, rear-wheel drive sedan to compete with the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3. Then, we didn't hear much. Last summer Cadillac told us it would replace the ATS and CTS with two new sedans in different segments, but provided no further information. But , Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen gave us the most information yet on this new car.
Unlike all other entry-level luxury sedans, Cadillac's new, small sedan will be rear-wheel drive—the only other rear-drive car in the same general sphere is the BMW 2-series coupe. De Nysschen also teased a performance version to look forward too, but he didn't say if it was a V. Regardless, it should be quick.
"It will certainly lap the Nurburgring faster than anyone of our competitors in that category," De Nysschen told Jalopnik.
While that has us understandably excited, Cadillac's next arrival is a little less Road & Track. At the New York Auto Show later this month, it's expected to unveil the compact XT4 crossover, giving it a rival to baby SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. Not the sort of car we typically cover here, but if it helps justify more Nurburgring-tuned sedans, we hope it succeeds.
And for all the focus on crossovers, De Nysschen says Cadillac is "not abandoning" performance cars. Sounds good to us.