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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cadillac's all-new compact luxury 2013 ATS will be in showrooms this summer.
Cadillac has brought along its upcoming all-new compact luxury sports sedan to the Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show that's underway at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
But if "compact" has you thinking back to the ugly days of the Cimarron, which was a corporate twin of Chevy's Cavalier, think again.
The ATS is no gussied up Cruze but it is the first car to make use of GM's new rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform.
Don Butler, vice president of marketing for Cadillac says it’s “designed with quick, nimble and fun-to-drive dynamics, ATS expands Cadillac’s portfolio into a crucial global segment.”
With a curb weight of less than 3,400 pounds, near 50-50 weight distribution and available all-wheel drive, Cadillac was quick to point out that the ATS was ready to take on Germany's famed Nürburgring as one of the key testing grounds.
Three engines will be available, all with aluminum blocks: a 200 horsepower 2.5 liter direct-injected four, a 2.0 liter turbocharged direct-injected four that makes 270 horsepower and a 3.6 liter V6 will round out the line-up with 320 horsepower.
“Low weight gives the ATS a more nimble and controllable feel, while also optimizing the performance and efficiency of the powertrains,” said David Masch, ATS chief engineer. “But we were careful to manage the weight while maintaining Cadillac’s signature levels of refinement.”
EPA ratings aren't out yet but Cadillac promises 30-plus mpg on the highway.
Inside, the ATS will be one of the first Cadillacs to come with CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience. Caddy says the system has 3.5 times more processing power than current auto industry systems.
“CUE will transform personal transportation by simply and efficiently integrating luxury design and instinctive technology with unparalleled levels of customized in-vehicle connectivity,” Don Butler, Vice President, Cadillac Marketing.
Great sounds won't just be coming from the stereo. Kyle Stanforth, noise and vibration engineer on the Cadillac performance team, said the ATS is engineered to enhance the performance-tuned sounds for each of the three available engines, while minimizing unwanted noise in and around the car.
“Cadillac customers expect a level of refinement beyond what most cars have. Yes, it’s quiet, but it’s more than that,” Stanforth said. “They also love to hear that sound of refined power when they ask for it. So when you open it up, you not only feel the power, you hear it too.”
The ATS continues Cadillac's "Art and Science" styling trend with sharp, crisp lines and accepts. Pricing hasn't been announced but the ATS will be Cadillac's entry level sedan. Car & Driver reports Cadillac considers BMW's 3-series a prime competitor and says don't be surprised if a convertible and a higher-horsepower V model are also on the horizon for the ATS.