2013 Cadillac ATS Debuts
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2013 Cadillac ATS Debuts

2012 Detroit Auto Show


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2012 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Cadillac's new 3 Series fighter goes on sale this summer.
  • The 2013 ATS is a five-passenger sedan available in rear- and all-wheel-drive variants.
  • Cadillac will offer a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines, with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

DETROIT — Cadillac's new 3 Series fighter, the 2013 ATS sedan, goes on sale this summer as the smallest, lightest model the brand has sold in years.

Just 0.3 inch longer than a 3 Series, the ATS is built on a new corporate architecture — GM insiders call it Alpha — that supports rear- and all-wheel drive (the ATS can be equipped with either) and is likely to spin off additional variants, including a coupe and a wagon.

The ATS is a Cadillac that's been designed and outfitted to tackle luxury compacts in global markets. Toward that end, General Motors has built and tuned this new five-passenger sedan to meet world-class standards.

The chassis employs a five-link rear and front struts, with ZF variable-assist electric power steering and four-wheel disc brakes (Brembos on the upmarket trim levels). Wheel sizes include 17 and 18 inches, with 225/35ZR19 run-flat all-season tires as the top choice.

As an extra-cost option, the ATS can be fitted with a driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping.

Engines start with a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 200 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. A step up is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 270 hp and 260 lb-ft, while North America also gets a range-topping 3.6-liter V6 that makes 318 hp and 267 lb-ft. All three DOHC engines are direct-injected. Transmission choices include a Tremec M3L TR3160 six-speed manual and a Hydra-Matic 6L45 six-speed automatic.

Cadillac has loaded up the cockpit of the ATS with plenty of goodies, and trimmed it in a combination of wood, leather, metal and carbon fiber. There's an LED gauge cluster, plus ambient lighting and such nice touches as push-button start, satellite radio and optional performance seats with power-adjustable bolsters.

Cadillac is making a big deal out of its new CUE infotainment system, which pairs data from your smartphone or other Bluetooth-capable mobile device, all of it accessible via voice command or through an 8-inch LCD multi-touch screen.

Among the available high-tech features are a full-color reconfigurable head-up display, navigation and a Bose surround-sound audio system, as well as front and rear automatic brakes that employ short-range radar and ultrasonic sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert, a rear back-up camera and adaptive headlamps.

Edmunds.com says: A stunner. Let's see how it drives.

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