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Cadillac ATS Makes Debut in Detroit

The 2013 Cadillac ATS was unveiled Sunday at the Detroit Auto Show. The all-new Cadillac is a rear-wheel drive performance sedan that is smaller than the Cadillac CTS, and will deliver “quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics,” Cadillac says in a press release.

According to Cadillac, the ATS will weigh less than 3,400 pounds and have a near 50/50 weight distribution, which is optimal weight distribution for any car designed to have spritely handling. Buyers will be able to choose from a 200-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine, a 270-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and a 320-horsepower V6. According to Cadillac, “The ATS will deliver peak highway fuel economy of more than 30 mpg.” The EPA has not yet announced official fuel economy figures.

As the smaller sibling to the Cadillac CTS, “the new ATS directly targets the 3-series, the A4, Infiniti’s G, and the rest of the cutthroat horde of entry-level luxury sedans,” says Car and Driver. To deliver competitive handling, the ATS was tuned and tested at Germany’s famous Nürburgring race course.

“The ATS takes its design cues from the midsize CTS,” writes The Detroit News. “Inside, there is plenty of real wood, plated metal and carbon fiber trim, along with Cadillac's new high-tech CUE infotainment system.” The new car will also be equipped with modern safety features like adaptive cruise control, adaptive forward lighting and for cars with manual transmissions, hill hold and hill start assist.

Cadillac says the five-seat ATS will be offered in three trims (Luxury, Performance and Premium) and will offer a Bose surround sound system, a full-color heads-up display and push-button start, among other luxury features. The 2013 Cadillac ATS will hit showrooms this summer. Pricing has not yet been announced, but it will likely have a base price less than that of the CTS.

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