It looks like we can breathe a sigh of relief as a new report is indicating Cadillac's entry-level sedan will ride on the company's rear-wheel drive Alpha platform.

It looks like we can breathe a sigh of relief as a new report is indicating Cadillac's entry-level sedan will ride on the company's rear-wheel drive Alpha platform.

While previous reports had suggested the model would be based on the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has confirmed it will feature rear-wheel drive. As he explained to Automotive News, "The cost and packaging advantages of front-wheel drive are appealing" but "we want to build our reputation as a purveyor of high-performance drivers' cars ... so it's better that we do it off a rear-wheel-drive architecture."

The decision to base the model on a rear-wheel drive platform is interesting as the car's key competitors - the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA - are front-wheel drive. This should give the model an edge but it remains unclear if the move will resonate with buyers.

Cadillac's new entry-level sedan will be rear-wheel drive