2013 Cadillac ATS: New Compact Sedan Expands Lineup
Written by Arv Voss
Cadillac just pulled the wraps off their new 2013 lighweight, compact, luxury rear-wheel-drive ATS sedan that is to be powered by a three engine lineup; two four-cylinders and a V6, all capitalizing on lightweight structure for performance and efficiency. ATS brings Cadillac’s blend of technologically, performance, elegance and design to a new audience of spirited drivers. The driving experience is enhanced with Cadillac’s brand of connectivity, CUE, which is a comprehensive, in-vehicle user experience that merges intuitive design with industry-first controls and commands for information and media data.
The engine options include an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 270 horsepower and Cadillac’s award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 which is estimated at 320 horsepower. At 135 horsepower per liter, the new 2.0T is one of the most power dense engines in the industry, topping even those from European competitors. ATS will offer both manual and automatic transmission options, along with rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations, while delivering peak highway fuel economy of more than 30 mpg.
Germany’s famed Nürburgring served as one of the key testing grounds for the ATS, along with additional roads, racetracks and laboratories around the globe. ATS engineers balanced performance with Cadillac’s trademark refinement. Contributing components and features include a nearly 50/50 weight balance; Cadillac’s first five-link independent rear suspension using lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient straight link designs; a multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar; driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping; underbody aerodynamic shields; premium (belt driven) electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems; four-channel ABS with available Brembo performance brakes; and available all-wheel drive.