Cadillac has confirmed that a new small-sedan will be revealed in late 2010 as a 2011 model. It will be a 4-cylinder model, with a V6 version being under consideration.

"There is a big debate as to whether it is four only. I think that is a bridge too far," said Cadillac General Manager Jim Taylor at a press event. "There is a piece of the team who is thinking, ’Well, with this whole fuel economy and gas thing, we ought to go all the way, say, to fours.’ We are resisting that at this stage."

The car will be placed under the CTS and the big problem is if Americans will only accept a V6 version. "I don’t think Americans are going to become un-American that fast," said Taylor. "They still want power. We still have big open roads. People do not want to stop enjoying driving."

What might make this car really interesting is that if there is a rear-drive car that’s smaller than a CTS, the tuners may love this car. Cadillac could instantly move its average buyer age lower and attract some customers that are currently not looking at the premium GM brand. But Cadillac has made no public mention of going after this market segment.

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Source: Automotive News

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