Cadillac reveals details on 2013 ATS sport sedan

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Cadillac's 2013 ATS compact sports sedan recently made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is scheduled to go on sale in the summer. With three different engines and a rear-wheel-drive layout, the ATS is an enticing proposition and a daunting competitor to other premium sports sedans.

"Designed with quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics, ATS expands Cadillac's portfolio into a crucial global segment," said Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac. "For a new group of luxury consumers, this is a car that will fit their lifestyle and challenge the segment's status quo."

Engine choices for the ATS start with a base 2.5-litre 4-cylinder that generates an estimated 200 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. An optional mid-range turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit increases the ATS's power to an estimated 270 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range is a 3.6-litre V6 that produces an estimated 318 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or automatic, and all-wheel-drive can be had as an available option. The ATS comes shod in standard 17-inch wheels, and larger 18 and 19-inch wheels are available, as well Brembo performance brakes.

Stepping inside the cabin of the ATS reveals a thoroughly modern design complete with real wood trim, metal plating and even carbon fibre. The ATS features the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) in-vehicle infotainment system, which allows drivers to manage various kinds of media, devices and vehicle functions. For instance, Cadillac says that CUE can pair data from up to 10 Bluetooth mobile devices, USBs, MP3 players and even SD cards all while reducing complexity though the use of voice commands, larger icons and fewer buttons. The CUE system makes use of an 8-inch LCD touch screen that displays the CUE home page and large icons for executing vehicle commands.

In addition to CUE, the 2013 Cadillac ATS also offers a full-colour head-up display, a Bose Cabin Surround audio system, and a navigation system. Notable safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, intelligent brake assist and a rearview camera. There are no less than eight standard airbags in the ATS, with a total of 10 available once options are added.

Cadillac's 2013 ATS will come to market in the summer and is a well conceived, premium sport sedan with the power, styling and technology to compete against the best in its segment. In the past, the notion of a competitive compact sport sedan from Cadillac was laughable, inappropriate even. It's unlikely that competitors will be laughing at the ATS.
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Topics: Sedan, Cadillac, 2013, ATS, Compact,

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