Getting to know 2013 Cadillac ATS

By Posted 10 Jan 2012, 18:03

As the Detroit Auto show continues we are seeing some great new models being showcased. We have already told you about the new Ford Fusion and Dodge Dart that have made their debuts. Now we can help you get to know the 2013 Cadillac ATS.

General Motors is hoping to offer with the new Cadillac ATS the American answer of compact luxury motoring. It is being aimed at consumers who would normally buy the BMW 3 series. According to a report on the Detroit Free Press it will be the brands first compact car since the 1980s.

The ATS comes in smaller than its sibling the CTS sedan and has a curb weight below 3,400 pounds, which makes it lighter than an Audi A4, Mercedes C250, and Lexus IS 250. Its short overhangs and wide track gives the ATS a firmly planted stance, while its taillights are reminiscent of the rest of the Cadillac range.

There are three engines to choice from; a 200-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 270-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine or 318-hp 3.5-liter V6. Transmission comes via a six speed manual or automatic flavor, as well as a four wheel drive version. Fuel economy from the most fuel efficient model will be over 30 mpg on the open road.

GM is planning on selling the ATS in the US and later in China, but there are no immediate plans to sell it in Europe. Over at the Chicago Tribune there are some up close images of the ATS that include some of the interior. The interior is up to BMW 3 series standards with carbon fiber and stitched panels on the dash and doors.

Inside the fronts seats are a decent enough size with plenty of adjustment, but the taller driver may find the headroom slightly tight. The rear seats may be too low for some adults while the center driveshaft takes up room where your feet go. The trunk has only 10.2 cubic feet but is still deep enough for a full size suitcase, but interior space is comparable with rival cars in the sector.

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