It’s the eve of the Detroit Auto Show, and Cadillac officially kicked things off tonight by unveiling the 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. A key factor to the 2013 Cadillac ATS development was lightness, and GM’s North American President, Mark Reuss, stated that the new 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan will be “the most mass-efficient car in the segment.”
Having moved fully into competition with the best of the luxury and performance brands from Germany and Japan in terms of quality with the new 2012 CTS and its many variants, Cadillac now seeks to build its portfolio of world-class cars with the release of this 2013 Cadillac ATS.
The upcoming Cadillac XTS Hearse will sit above the new 2012 CTS, but it may be the 2013 Cadillac ATS that does the most to contribute to sales figures and the bottom line–but only if it’s a home run. Styled to reflect Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy while presenting a fresh and unique face.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan doesn’t copy Cadillac’s own cars or anyone else’s, instead striking out its own ground, and doing it with bold lines, strong proportions, and elegant details. The 2013 Cadillac ATS rides on an all-new rear-wheel-drive platform, and the end result is car that’s about eight inches shorter in length than the larger new 2012 CTS.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS weighs in at less than 3,400 pounds, and it’s right on par with, if not lighter than, its core German and Japanese rivals. While the weight balance is nearly 50/50, and the 2013 Cadillac ATS features a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear, and it offers driver-adjustable magnetic-ride dampers.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS base engine is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four, putting out 200 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, which should be good for over 30 miles per gallon on the highway.The real points of interest in the 2013 Cadillac ATS are the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four and 3.6-liter V6 while the up-level turbo four should be good for around 270 horsepower, and the larger direct-injected V6 will send 318 hp to the ground.
2013 Cadillac ATS transmission choices include a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive is also available in the 2013 Cadillac ATS, as is a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions–though it’s not clear if the manual will be available with all-wheel drive. For those that don’t opt to drive all four wheels, rear-drive will be standard in 2013 Cadillac ATS. There will be the V-series versions, but no official word on powertrain for the 2013 Cadillac ATS-V.
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Development of the new 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan was considered such a priority; it was one of the few programs that was not stopped during GM’s bankruptcy. Why? Because the 2013 Cadillac ATS is GM’s entree into the largest luxury vehicle segment in the world, a segment basically created by BMW’s 3 Series.
This 2013 Cadillac ATS is the car that will make Cadillac a global luxury brand. The new 2013 Cadillac ATS faithfully follows the segment-defining BMW’s formula. In fact, chief engineer Dave Masch would probably argue the 2013 Cadillac ATS follows it even more faithfully than BMW.
Sure, Cadillac is quite proud of the way the 2013 Cadillac ATS looks, but what’s most important about this car is its performance. After all, the 2013 Cadillac ATS will go head-to-head with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, so on the road, it has to be good.
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