This is the 2013 Cadillac ATS, an all-new compact luxury sports sedan that will take on the Bmw 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. With a total weight of less than 3,400 pounds (1,542 kg), the new car is an expression of Cadillac's Art & Science execution philosophy, built on a foundation of driving dynamics and mass efficiency.
As expected, the car will be available with two engine choices: the all-new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 270 horsepower (201 kW) and Cadillac's award-winning 3.6L V-6, estimated at 318 horsepower (237 kW). With 135hp/L, the new 2.0-liter engine is one if the most power-dense engines in the industry and tops engines from European competitors.
The 2.0-liter engine will deliver a maximum torque of 260 / 353 @ 2400 (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm) while the 3.6-liter V6 engine will delivers 267 / 362 @ 4900 (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm). The engines will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options, along with rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations. Regarding the fuel consumption, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is expected to deliver more than 30 mpg.
Just like the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, the 2013 ATS features a grille that shutters close at certain highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance fuel economy. The interior of the car is focused on the driver and the 2013 ATS features crafted materials that complement the exterior elements and supports the ATS's driving experience.
GM says that real wood, plated metal plating and carbon fiber trim and Cadillac's cut-and-sew cut-and-sew instrument panel, console and doors enhance the emotional connection to the ATS. The all new Cadillac CUE infotainment system also makes its debut on the 2013 ATS and promises to pair entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that reduces complexity through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons. As expected, the heart of the system will be the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen.
In addition to CUE, the ATS is offered with other technologies, including: Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition; USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports; SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription; Keyless access and keyless push-button start; Reconfigurable 5.7-inch instrument panel cluster display; Full-color reconfigurable heads-up display. The ATS is offered as a well-equipped standard model and in Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections. A Bose Cabin Surround audio system is offered on the standard model, as well as Luxury and Performance Collections. It is standard with the Premium Collection.
A navigation system is also available with Luxury and Performance Collections and standard with the Premium Collection. In terms of safety, the ATS is based on Cadillac's "control and alert" strategy that employs advanced technologies – including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors – to help prevent crashes. The vehicle is fitted with Front and Rear Automatic Brakes that rely on short-range radar technology and ultrasonic sensors to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions.
Some of the optional safety features include: Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control; Intelligent Brake Assist; Forward Collision Alert; Brake Pre-Fill Automatic Collision Preparation; Lane Departure Warning; Side Blind Zone Alert; Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines; Adaptive Forward Lighting; Hill Hold/Start Assist (Standard, manual transmission).