A recent report indicates Cadillac plans a long wheelbase variant of the ATS but only for the Chinese market.

A recent report indicates Cadillac plans a long wheelbase variant of the ATS but only for the Chinese market.

By now most of you know that Chinese car buyers have a soft spot for LWB versions of various models so it shouldn't come as a surprise Cadillac is reportedly elongating the ATS' wheelbase for the Chinese market. While the regular model is currently being imported, the ATS-L will be locally produced by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.

Production of the model is slated to commence in the second half of 2014 and according to the report Cadillac will stretch the wheelbase by 100mm which means it will be expanded to 2875mm. Under the hood will be a 2.5-liter engine with 200 bhp (149 kW) and a V6 3.6-liter generating 320 bhp (239 kW).

Car News China suggests a starting price of 275,000 yuan (about 45,500 USD / 33,200 EUR / 27,500 GBP) for a model which will have to go up against the BMW 3-Series Li and an upcoming long-wheelbase version of the C-Class.

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Cadillac ATS-L with stretched wheelbase coming exclusively to China - report