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New Cadillac ATS Sedan: The Official Low Down Plus HD Pictures and Videos

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We've been following the development of Cadillac’s all-new premium mid-size sedan for almost a year now but at long last, and after the first photos showed up online earlier today, the Detroit Motor Show-bound 2013 ATS has been officially revealed.

The design is what you'd expect from a 21st-century Cadillac, full of sharp creases and vertically stacked rear lights, with the exception of the headlights that extend back into the front fenders.

The interior offers a few surprises as well, including the instrument panel with a reconfigurable 5.7-inch display, though some of us found the center console and steering wheel bearing a passing resemblance to the Chevrolet Cruze.

Another highlight of the interior is the Cadillac's new CUE technology that pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system that includes an eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen.

Moving on to the Cadillac's hardware, GM stresses that the Nürburgring has been one of the ATS’ main testing grounds to ensure that its handling is more than a match for the best in its class – meaning the BMW 3-Series its German cousins.

Key features of the Cadillac’s 3-Series fighter include standard rear-wheel drive, a 2,755 mm (109.3-inch) long wheelbase, wide front and rear tracks, a near 50/50 front/rear weight distribution and the brand’s first-ever lightweight five-link rear suspension. The front also gets a multi-link suspension, while there's an available driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping.

The ATS is equipped with a ZF variable-assist steering system, Brembo brakes and is optionally available with all-wheel drive.

Cadillac claims that its curb weight of 1,542 kg (3,400 pounds) is one of the lowest in the class. This has been achieved thanks to a “weighed” approached that resulted in the ATS having an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mount brackets, lightweight and natural-fiber door trim panels.

“More than just another new entry, the ATS aims to change the status quo of the European-dominated segment”, said Don Butler, Cadillac’s vice president of marketing. “For a new group of luxury consumers, this is a car that will fit their lifestyle and challenge the segment’s status quo. That is why our approach in all elements of its development is so extensive and focused.”

Buyers of the ATS will be able to choose between three all-aluminum, direct injection gasoline engines.

These include a base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four with 200HP and 255Nm (188 lb-ft), a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270HP and 353Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 with an output of 318HP and 362Nm (267 lb-ft) of torque. All engines can be combined with a 6-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing and fuel economy figures will be released closer to the ATS's launch date this summer.


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15 Comments:

Anonymous said... »January 08, 2012

Looks way better than expected.

Teverett335 said... »January 08, 2012

Looks good and has good specs. 

AstonMartin said... »January 09, 2012

Kudos to Cadillac for designing an attractive & feature rich sedan. Can't wait until the Coupe & V-Editions are announced. 

Andrew Popoola said... »January 09, 2012

Looks very Mercedes, will def steal sales from the C class, and the baby Volvo too.  BMW competition? Not totally, it will only win over non-Bimmer people...people who bought a 3 series not for its virtues which are almost un-matchable, but solely to be seen in one.

Overall, looks decent, but needs to grow just a bit; its hard to take the CTS seriously as a 5 Series competitor, same for this ATS and the XTS for that matter.

Rick said... »January 09, 2012

I think you're right about the "being seen" in a 3-series BMW. I've thought that for years. To many it seems it's the car of choice to be seen in for the upwardly mobile, or those that want to look that way. I hope Cadillac does well and provides a competitive product. We could stand some extra variety in the segment.

CChelios said... »January 09, 2012

Looks good, but I was hoping for a less formal grille area.  Something sportier and more contemporary would make it look less like a smaller CTS.  But that may be resolved when the "V" (M fighter?) variation hits the streets.  ;-)

CChelios said... »January 09, 2012

Oh yeah, and a "V" Coupe would be nice.  When the ATS was first rumored, there were some coupe concept drawings floating around that looked great.

Justthinkingoutloud said... »January 09, 2012

For me, this ATS (although almost a carbon copy of its older CTS sibling) is the most exciting thing to come out of Detroit in the last decade. The CTS has always been too big for me. 2 door cars like the camaro or mustang don't fit my application. The corvette is simply not practical. The viper, I am sorry doesn't appeal to me. Buicks blah. Lincoln blah blah. This car gives me a strong reason to buy American. This car is practical. This car is affordable. This car is sleak and speaks of luxury (howbeit only at an entry level). I hope this car can perform as well as looks. I hope this cars performs better than a 3 series, c  or an A4. To me this car represents more than just another car offering in a lineup. Don't disappoint me GM.

Lights fail said... »January 09, 2012

Seemes like the front lights are copied straight from SLS AMG.

8LiterHemiV8 said... »January 09, 2012

Cadillac made an attractive sedan. Lincoln made an un-attractive sedan. Same old, same old the way i see it.

3Deuce27 said... »January 09, 2012

Looks like J Byrnes nailed the 'ATS' with his rendering. 

I will still need to see it live for a final decision on the exterior styling, but the interior gets kudos, especially the distinctive 'Two tone' employment with highlights. The instrument cluster is in keeping with its sporty intentions. 

The engine line-up is debatable.  The base engine would be better served by a turbo diesel. Hopefully there is room for a V-8 of about 450 HP in an 'ATS-V' coupe model, though, Cadillac will probably just amp up the V-6 with a turbo or two for around 400+ HP.

I don't see this vehicle being serious competition to the 3-series, unless, the ATS starts nailing the 3-series to the wall in competition, but that will take a while, maybe forever. Even then, the 3-series is in class by its self for performance drivers and status seekers.  AUDI and Mercedes will lose some sales

It will interesting to see where Cadillac takes the 'ATS', its commitment to offer a serious contender in this segment of very capable, established vehicles.    Value for the money will help make its case for some of the market. 

bedazzled said... »January 09, 2012

Looks entirely too regal for a mid-sized. The style is seemingly aimed at the entirely wrong market segment...

B M said... »January 10, 2012

Written like a true BMW zealot!  Clearly we are not aware of the performance/handling dynamics that the ATS will posses and how the overall parameters will compare against BMW's 3 series model yet.  Therefore it's amusing that you would make such a bold proclamation in regards to the ATS not being "serious competition" to the 3 series.  This was the same negative sentiment mentioned regularly by European car extremists in regards to the CTS-V until it trounced the majority of the German high-end sport saloons/coupes (at a much lower price point to boot). 

Based on the styling along with the numerous standard/optional features available and of course if the various future reviews present excellent testing data, the new Cadilliac ATS with be a formidable, if not better alternative to the BMW (Big Money Wasted) 3 series sedan.

B M said... »January 10, 2012

hello

Bluetheimpala said... »January 11, 2012

Good job caddy.  Not sure where the CTS fits into the mix but so far I like the sheet metal and the interior.  Unfortunately, Caddy has abandoned the design language a bit, from the side this basically looks like a less aggressive C-class. Front is rounded. Back is still angular.  I really liked when they broke from the mold, I hope they keep it up.

My only comment is 'total package'.  The boys in michigan seem to cheap out somewhere important that kills the entire car just so they can hit that sticker price.  CTS is the tranny and suspension.  STS/DTS is the engine and tranny.  SRX is a good package but it is underpowered vs the competitors and lacks anything that cool.  Escalade is an esclade, the best large lux SUV in market.I'm concerned that they won't have a dual-clutch or one of their turbo engines avail.  I know the V may come by that's not what I'm looking for. There needs to be a real performer at the affordable level. Why can't they slap a turbo or supercharger on it or drop in the small turbo engine they have in the Cruze.Seems like they have all the cliche stuff like 'ZF transmission' and 'Brembo brakes' for the advertising claims but  I can buy a genesis with that stuff for christ sakes.  Caddy is supposed to be a world leader in luxury, not an afterthought to the koreans.

Not 100% sold on the new caddy.  Seems like lipstick on a pig to be honest.  Time, and the reviews, will tell. 

 I'm rooting for you guys. Don't let us down!

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