2013 Cadillac ATS Miami
The 2013 ATS is built on a new platform called Alpha, which, while built from the ground up, borrows many elements from the larger Cadillac CTS. But don't be so quick to dismiss the ATS as the same sausage in a different length. The ATS was designed not only to be smaller, but more agile and spry, with a near-50/50 weight distribution and a wide track. Even the standard 17-inch wheels eschew the Cadillac stereotype, giving us hope that GM's tagline for the ATS of "nimble, quick and fun to drive" will hold true. And like othercontemporary Caddys, the ATS was tested and refined on Germany's famed Nurburgring racetrack. Three direct-injection engines will appear on the Cadillac ATS, including a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 200 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, likely to be the most fuel-efficient ATS, bumps power up to 270 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A top-of-the-line 3.6-liter V6 puts out 318 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, and will be available only in North America. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and the turbo will offer an optional 6-speed manual. The 2013 ATS will be available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, with optional Magnetic Ride Control sport suspension.
Driving Impressions of the '13 Cadillac ATS
Spending considerable development time on Germany's Nurburgring race track, Cadillac engineers honed the ATS' platform and engines (using the previous E46 version as inspiration). Equipped with Magnetic Ride Control (dampers filled with magnetorheological fluid that change in viscosity when passed through a magnetic field) and 50/50 weight distribution, Cadillac promises the ATS will be light, nimble and seriously fun to drive. Cadillac says the chassis sports near-50/50 weight distribution and features a multilink rear suspension. Brembo-brand brakes are optional, as is a limited-slip rear differential and sport-tuned adaptive suspension.
Interior Features of the '13 Cadillac ATS
Faux leather seats are standard, with genuine leather optional. Available sport seats have power-adjustable bolsters to modify the degree of hip hugging. The 2013 Cadillac ATS is also fitted with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and audio and cruise controls on steering wheel among other conveniences. Standard safety features will include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control and stability control. Options will include adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system. Also noteworthy on the 2013 ATS is the inclusion of Cadillac's latest infotainment interface, CUE (Cadillac User Experience). The system's 8-inch touchscreen display works very much like a tablet computer, allowing users to swipe, pinch and zoom to access data and change functions. CUE also uses haptic feedback, which senses when a user's fingers are near, changing menu options accordingly. A variety of functions can be synched from a mobile device, which virtually eliminates the temptation to pick up the phone while driving. Also on CUE is a voice recognition system that's much improved over previous versions.
Exterior Features of the '12 Cadillac ATS
Features such as an aluminum hood save weight, while active grille shutters and aerodynamic underbody shields are installed to improve fuel economy. The ATS features illuminating door handles and LED front lighting, as well as standard 17-inch aluminum wheels. Brilliant vertical LED light pipe signatures adorn the ATS from headlamp to taillight and make for a distinct and unmistakable look day or night.
Four trim levels will be offered on the 2013 Cadillac ATS: base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. Options will include sport seats with power-adjustable bolsters, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, a rearview camera, adaptive headlamps and collision-sensing brakes. Premium models come standardwith an upgraded Bose audio system and satellite navigation.
With its sleek and stylish exterior, its numerous list of standard features, its suspension making it feel like a great ride and its efficient engine, it is most certain that the 2013 Cadillac ATS will turn many heads. For more on the 2013 Cadillac ATS click here.