Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 NY Auto Show: 2013 Cadillac ATS

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is Cadillac's new luxury compact sports sedan. The new ATS will compete against the  BMW 3-series, Infiniti G, Mercedes-Benz C Class, and Audi A4. The ATS will take the slot below the bigger Cadillac CTS.

There will be three engine choices to choose from. The base model car will come with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0L turbo four-cylinder producing 270 horsepower. The last choice is a 3.6L V6 producing 318 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive will be an available option. Just like the XTS, the ATS will also have Cadillac's CUE Infotainment System.

I had a chance to get inside of the ATS and I was very impressed. There are soft touch and padded materials throughout the cabin. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and the shifter fits nicely in the hand. The driver's seat is where everyone should want to be at. The front seats are soft, supportive, and offer lumbar support. There was decent headroom in the front for the driver and passenger. The back seats of the ATS are a different story. Like many luxury compact sedans, the back seats are tight. I am 5'9" and had just a little bit of headroom due to the low roof line. There is also a huge drive shaft that will make anyone who sits in the middle seat very uncomfortable.

I have to say that the ATS is a great looking vehicle inside and out. I think that Cadillac has done a great job with the design of the ATS. It seems that Cadillac has really done their research and tests to make sure the ATS was able to face it's German rivals. I have only driven the Infiniti G and BMW 3-series, so I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the new ATS.

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