After months of teasing, Cadillac has officially unveiled the 2013 ATS.
Designed to battle the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class, the ATS has an active shutter grille (which closes at highway speeds to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency), LED-infused headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. There's also chrome trim, vertical taillights and an integrated trunk spoiler.
The cabin is elegantly appointed with leather seats, wood trim and metallic accents. It also features the CUE infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display, a capacitive faceplate and Bluetooth/USB/SD Card connectivity. Other highlights include a digital instrument cluster, a Bose audio system and optional GPS navigation.
Under the hood, three engines will be available. Choices include:
- A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) of torque
- A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 hp (201 kW / 274 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque
- A 3.6-liter V6 with 318 hp (237 kW / 322 PS) and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque
They can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel drive system.
On the handling front, the ATS rides on a new rear-wheel drive platform with a 51/49 weight distribution. It uses a multi-link, double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension and a five-link independent rear suspension. If that isn't impressive enough, the optional FE3 sport suspension includes Magnetic Ride Control, a limited slip differential and Brembo brakes. The model also weighs less than 3,400 lbs (1,542 kg) thanks to an aluminum hood, magnesium engine brackets and "natural-fiber" door panels.
In terms of safety, the car can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist and forward collision alert. There's also a blind spot warning system, a lane departure warning system and a rearview camera.
Pricing information hasn't been released, but the 2013 ATS will be launched this summer.
Check out the press release for additional information