2013 Cadillac ATS debuts at Detroit Motor Show
Here it is, the new rival for the BMW 3-Series. It is Cadillac’s response to the German sedan and it’s called the ATS. The new model is 0.3 inches longer than a 3-Series and it is developed on a new corporate architecture which General Motors called Alpha. This offers support for rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, both of them being available for the ATS.
Designed to rival the luxury compact sedans from all over the world, the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS features a five-link rear and front struts, along with a variable-assist electric power steering developed by ZF and disc brakes on all four wheels. We should mention that the more expensive variants of the car will have Brembo disc brakes to provide the stopping power.
The car can be fitted with 17- or 18-inch rims with 225/35ZR19 all-season run-flat tires for those who can pay the extra buck. Also an optional feature will be the driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension that features Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping.
The entry-level model is equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that develops 200 hp and a peak torque of 188 lb.-ft. For more money you could get the turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter that generates 270 hp and a maximum torque of 260 lb.-ft, while the most powerful engine will be the V6 3.6-liter engine that pumps out 318 hp and 267 lb.-ft. All of these DOHC engines are direct injected, while the transmission options include a 6-speed manual (Tremec M3L TR3160) and a 6-speed automatic (Hydra-Matic 6L45).
The cabin of the 2013 Cadillac ATS is trimmed in a mixture of wood, metal, leather and carbon fiber. Also on board is an LED gauge cluster, a push-button start, ambient lightning, satellite radio, along with optional performance seats that have power-adjustable bolsters. There’s also a generous 8-inch LCD multi-touch screen part of the CUE infotainment system that can pair data from a smartphone or any other type of mobile device that has Bluetooth support.
For those with big pockets, the ATS can be fitted with an impressive reconfigurable full color head-up display, a powerful Bose surround sound audio system, satellite navigation, along with front + rear automatic brakes that have short range radar and ultrasonic sensors. In addition, the 2013 Cadillac ATS will be available for order with a side blind-zone alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamps and a rear back-up camera.
The looks? We’ll let you be the judge of that. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the back. The rest of the cars looks nice, but it’s not a BMW 3-Series.
Source: General Motors via Inside Line
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