2013 Cadillac ATS: More Details

2013 Cadillac ATS

As GM prepares to launch its Cadillac ATS this summer more information is beginning to leak out, including standard features and what trims will have an available manual transmission.

Starting with the engine lineup, we now have more accurate power figures. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder will produce 202 horsepower and 190 pounds-feet of torque; the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder will produce 272 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque and the 3.6-liter V-6 will produce 321 hp and 274 pounds-feet of torque. Those figures are a bit higher than the estimates Cadillac gave us at the 2012 Detroit auto show.

All three engines can run on regular gas, though Cadillac recommends premium with the turbo. While the original Cadillac release stated that all-wheel drive would be an option for all engines, it turns out it won't be for the base 2.5-liter powertrain. All motors come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, with a six-speed manual transmission optional on the turbo 2.0-liter four cylinder with rear-wheel drive only, according to GM. The 3.6-liter engine will be E85-compatible.

The 2013 Cadillac ATS will be available in Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium trims. The 2.5-liter is only available on Standard and Luxury trims; the 2.0-liter turbo four is available in in all trim packages. The 3.6-liter V-6 is available in Luxury, Performance and Premium trims.

Standard, Luxury and Performance models come with a FE2 sport suspension setup, while Premium rear-wheel-drive models have an available FE3 sport suspension, performance cooling system, limited slip differential and magnetic ride control with real-time damping. Brembo-brand performance brakes are an option across the board.

Base ATS models come standard with 17-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, an air filtration system, Bluetooth streaming audio, ambient interior lighting, OnStar with a one-year Directions and Connections subscription, perimeter security system, halogen headlamps with flash-to-pass, push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Luxury Package adds a chrome grille, front parking sensor, a passive keyless-entry system, split-folding rear seat, leather upholstery, Brembo brakes, 10-way power driver's seat, heated side mirrors with auto-dimming driver's side mirror, auto-dimming rearview mirror, backup camera, and a 8-inch center console touch-screen with Cadillac's CUE multimedia system.

The Performance Package brings high-intensity-discharge headlamps with articulating lenses, LED headlight accent lighting, performance bucket seats, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters (with an automatic transmission), 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, rain-sensing wipers, rear passenger side-impact airbags, rear parking sonar, forward collision alert system and a lane departure warning system.

Lastly, the Premium Package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a color head-up display and a navigation system.

We'll have more information on the ATS, including pricing and gas mileage, closer to the model's on-sale date.


Ruddy Man

I am starteing to like it.

Ruddy Man

Sorry I spelled Starting wrong:)


It seems to have everything the 3 series has and then some. They pulled out all the stops in terms of options.


They need to simplify the options and packages. Why 3 engines?


There are few stand alone options. Like the new 3 series and most japanese luxury brands features are bundled in packages. Basically each trim level is a separate package that offers a handful of stand alone add on options. Its really not that complicated and it means there are limited ways to customoze your car beyond color choices.


So does the ATS slot below or above the CTS? I always thought the CTS was the answer to the 3-series. What's the point of the CTS then?


Yes, lower than cts. Cts is priced closer to 3 but is the size of last gen 5 series. Next cts will grow to match size of current 5 series. Ats will be smallest and cheapest cadillac. One reason for the 3 engines is likely overseas sales. Some countries penalize displacement and there probably won't be much of a market for the v6 outside of the US.


Personally, I'd like to customize my options when buying a luxury car. What happened to the days when BMW, Mercedes and so on had a million or more combinations? Sigh... The only thing that turns me off on this car though, is the trunk size. It seems tiny for a sedan. Even subcompacts have more room.


I am salivating at the notion of a rwd or awd drive LNF powered, sub 3500lbs car


Does anyone out there know a way to put cooling system in front seats?
We have heated seats we want cooled seats as well?
Of course without paying a fortune...lol

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