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2013 Cadillac ATS debuts at Detroit Motor Show

2013 Cadillac ATS

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.

2013 Cadillac 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.

2013 Cadillac ATS

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.

2013 Cadillac ATS

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).

2013 Cadillac ATS

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.

2013 Cadillac ATS

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.

2013 Cadillac ATS

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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2013 Cadillac ATS will get all-new 2.0-liter turbo engine

General Motors announced this week preliminary information about an all-new 4-cylinder, turbocharged, high performance 2.0-liter engine which will first power the 2013 Cadillac ATS, a car that we shall see in January next year at the Detroit Motor Show.

This direct-injection engine is capable of generating 270 hp (273 PS / 201 kW) and a maximum torque of 260 lb.-ft (353 Nm). Since it has a power-density of 135 hp (136 PS / 100 kW) / liter, this would have to be one of the top performers in this segment. To show how great this engine is, GM has compared it with the 2.0-liter turbo unit from the Audi A4 which produces 105.5 hp / liter, the V8 engine from the Lexus IF that churns 83.2 hp per liter, the V8 from the BMW M3 that develops 103.5 hp per liter, and the 1.8-liter power plant from the Mercedes-Benz C250 that generates 111.6 hp per liter.

This engine has a low-friction design and 90% of the peak torque is available starting at only 1,500 rpm, allowing the 2013 Cadillac ATS to have a good thrust at low and high speeds. Some of the other highlights of the power unit include: twin-scroll turbocharger with air-to-air intercooler, direct-injection, twin-cam, four valves per cylinder with continuously variable valve timing, two-stage variable displacement oil pump that has jet-spray piston cooling and forged-steel crankshaft which features a modular balance shaft system.

The upcoming 2013 ATS will also be available with two other engines, a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter unit and a beefier V6 3.6-liter power unit.

Source: General Motors via carbuzz.com

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Spy Shots: 2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

The guys over at WCF have managed to take a couple of spy shots with the 2013 Cadillac ATS, a car that promises to rival the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series. The new model will replace the BLS and will be slotted just beneath the CTS which will most likely grow in size for the 2014 model.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Although we can’t really see anything because of that camouflage that the ATS is wearing, the new model will have an “Art & Science” design with a dual exhaust system and vertical lightning units. The car will be manufactured at the Lansing Grand River plant and will benefit from the new rear-wheel drive Alpha platform which can be outfitted with an all-wheel drive system.

2013 Cadillac ATS

As far as the engines are concerned, the ATS will probably be available with a 4-cylinder turbocharged plant and a V6 power unit, along with the ATS-V version that will get a twin-turbo configuration.

2013 Cadillac ATS

The model will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will be followed by an estate, coupe and convertible version.

Source: WCF

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Next generation Chevrolet Camaro to share platform with Cadillac ATS


In case you’re an automaker which needs to cut costs left and right, one of the first things you need to do is to share as many platforms among your models. For General Motors, which desperately wants to cut any big spending, this means that new models will begin using less and less platforms.

One major car set to arrive in the following years is the Cadillac ATS, which will use an all-new rear-wheel drive platform, presumably called the Alpha. Besides plans of adapting it and using it for the next generation CTS, which will aspire to more BMW 5 Series-like dimensions, it seems that the regular Alpha will also constitute the base for the next Chevrolet Camaro.

The current Chevy uses the Zeta platform, alongside the Holden Commodore from Australia and the late Pontiac G8. Although it has been praised, the lack of support for other systems and new technologies is extremely apparent, so GM will definitely change it with the next generation.

All in all, such a change, if it will actually happen, will definitely help GM’s rear-wheel drive cars, whether they are the Camaro, the ATS or the next CTS.

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Cadillac ATS still on track for 2012, will arrive as sedan, coupe, wagon and convertible


Cadillac is experiencing a big revival these days, as not only did it impress many fans and won over a lot of other people with the CTS (and it’s performance editions, the CTS-V and the Coupe) but it is also thinking into the future with the XTS Platinum concept it showed off in Detroit, and is still working on the rumored ATS.

The new entry-level executive model will be aimed at competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C Class, BMW 5 Series or the Audi A4, replacing the unpopular BLS in Europe while it will slot in below the CTS in North America.

In order to take on its European and Japanese rivals, Cadillac will offer the ATS in all types of body styles, including a sedan, which will be premiered possibly at the end of the year, and also a wagon, a coupe and a convertible. In terms of the latter, according to InsideLine, opinions are divided as to whether a soft or a hard top will be used.

Either way, with the ascending trend in popularity it has been experiencing, Cadillac definitely needs to carefully plan the ATS so that it will be a hit with the new fans.

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