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2012 NAIAS: Cadillac Unveils ATS; Aims To Dominate Compact Luxury Segment

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On: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:58AM | By: Chuck Arehart

2012 NAIAS: Cadillac Unveils ATS; Aims To Dominate Compact Luxury Segment

Cadillac continues its resurgence with the all-new 2013 ATS and has every intention of becoming the new benchmark of driving dynamics and technology in the compact luxury class. Instead of building the ATS on the existing small car platform of the Chevy Cruze and Buick Regal (both well-executed designs in their own right), Cadillac went its own way in creating an all-new platform. The ATS is rear-drive with all-wheel-drive availability and is right-hand drive ready for global production.

Weight reduction was a major priority in development not only for fuel economy but for driving dynamics. Less mass equates to reduced weight transfer, increased handling response and improved braking performance. Highlights of the Cadillac diet program include an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mounts and natural fiber door trim panels to help keep overall weight down to 3,400 lbs.

Powertrain options will include a 2.0 turbocharged and 2.5 liter normally aspirated four-cylinder, and a 3.6 liter V6 with horsepower ratings of 270, 200 and 318 respectively. All engines will have direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be available. Fuel mileage numbers have not yet been released but Cadillac expects a peak highway rating of 30 mpg.

The ATS will feature state-of-the-art technology to coincide with our smart phone lives. The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) can retrieve data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices. An eight-inch LCD screen emulates a smart phone screen to control information and entertainment sources. Available OnStar services can also be linked to a smart phone. New safety features include lane departure warning and blind spot alert, along with automatic braking both front and rear.

Judging from the recent product resurgence from GM overall, the ATS should be worth a look. Sales begin this summer.

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Stephy21 | 10:02AM (Thu, Jan 12, 2012)

The ATS doesn't look to bad but still looks the same as last years, but it does have a lot more features.

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