I see this as a replacement for the CTS not the ATS. The center console is wider and taller so it's going to feel cramped inside like the CTS. The hint of tail fin in the back lights is not there like the ATS has so there is really no Cadillac signature there. The front is just OK, the back doesn't look Cadillac in any way.
Well, if they wanted a model to be a true 'tweener, the CT4 dimensions could have been a decent candidate: more compact than a mid-size, generously sized for a compact. I like the CT4 better than the 5...for now...but it's not so compelling that I know it's my next car, or that I would have my heart set on anything Cadillac. For now, it appears that depreciation will continue to be Cadillac's greatest sales tool on the used lot.I see this as a replacement for the CTS not the ATS.
I thought similarly about the MRC. Got interested when in one article it mentioned MRC and AWD available, and then disappointed when the whole story was described in another. Do you suppose it could be a packaging problem (tight space) for both AWD and MRC, or is it just another bizarre poor choice by Cadillac?It's also interesting that Cadillac insists on witholding MRC from AWD buyers. AWD buyers nearly all live in the snow belt, which has the worst roads in the nation, and thus the greatest need for MRC. Basically Cadillac managers have decided to leave money on the table by telling customers "we know you want and even need MRC, but we've decided you're not allowed to have it."
Of course they'll send the RWD MRC CT4 out for car magazine reviews, so buyers will mistakenly think they're buying a great handling sport sedan when they buy the AWD CT4, only to find out that it has frumpy old man handling without the MRC.
No wonder JDN bailed out of Cadillac. He must have been furious at the stupidity of GM's stuffy bureaucracy.
RIGHT! It's so weird that the down-market triangle-pieces-at-the-edges-of-the-front-fascia that have mostly been used by Toyota, Hyundai, and Ford, have worked their way up to BMW and now Cadillac. It was ugly before and is still ugly now.Looks like a hybrid of Toyota's new Corolla's with some korean mix up. Not very cadillac like.