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      01-08-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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Exclamation Cadillac ATS sports sedan (3 series fighter) revealed

Pics leaked ahead of Detroit debut next week

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      01-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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interior is Terrific! GM has really spent money on interiors lately... the exterior is a bit mundane, but classy
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Reminds me of the Regal front, how the nose dips

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Exterior is a bit ho-hum... interior is amazing.
This could very well be my next daily driver.
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Cadillac has been steadily improving its products for a decade, shedding its old man stigma in favor of a new brand identity, favoring luxury with a performance twist. After all this time, on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show, the GM luxury division is finally ready to put its money where its mouth is, launching the ATS as a direct rival to the segment leading BMW 3 Series.

With a choice of a 4-cylinder, turbo 4-cylinder or V6, the ATS matches solid power with one of the lowest curb weights in the segment, with Caddy claiming the ATS will come in at under 3,400 lbs.

Weight reduction was key in the development of the ATS, helping to maximize the performance and efficiency of the powertrains while making the vehicle more nimble overall. Cadillac says every component of the vehicle was checked to see if a lighter alternative could be found. To help keep weight to a minimum the ATS features an aluminum hood, magnesium engine mounts and “natural-fiber” door trim panels. The result shows in the vehicle’s balance as well, with a 51/49 weight distribution.

Based on an all-new rear-drive architecture, the ATS uses a MacPherson front suspension and the brand’s first 5-link independent rear end. Both automatic and manual transmissions will be offered, as will all-wheel drive.

To maximize performance the ATS comes with an adjustable Magnetic Ride Control suspension standard, a ZF variable electric steering system and 17-inch wheels. Brembo brakes and 18-inch wheels are optional.

As mentioned, three powertrains will be available with a base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 200 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. A mid-level turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder will deliver 270 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque from just 2400 rpm, while a top-level direct-injection 3.6L V6 makes 318 hp and 267 lb-ft. Cadillac says the ATS will get over 30 mpg highway – aided in part by grille shutters that close at highways speeds.

In terms of design, the ATS is clearly a Cadillac, with an overall shape similar to that of the CTS, while taking design cues from the new XTS flagship sedan. Most evident is a wider two-piece grille that’s still imposing but toned-down on the chrome.



Inside the cabin is a solid leap forward, using real wood, metal and carbon fiber as well as hand-stitched leather on the instrument panel, console and doors. Numerous color options are available and Cadillac says the cabin was designed to offer a driver-focused experience. Of note, sport seats with power-adjustable side bolsters will be available.

A focal point in the cabin is Cadillac’s new CUE telematics system, designed to be both high-tech and easy-to-use, with iPad like controls on the 8-inch LCD screen.

In addition, Cadillac has stuffed its new car with numerous safety and convenience technologies that include: a back-up camera, full speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive forward lighting, hill hold assist, a collision alert system and even intelligent brake assist that will stop the car on its own (going forward or in reverse) if a collision is detected.

“More than just another new entry, the ATS aims to change the status quo of the European-dominated segment,” says Caddy VP of marketing Don Butler.

The 2013 Cadillac ATS will go on sale this summer.
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Looks great IMO. Hopefully the ATS-V lives up to the standard of the CTS-V. I will definitely consider one when I get rid of the 335 in 3-4 years.
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Doesn't look as aggressive as I thought it would, but still decent looking overall. Interior looks pretty nice, but I've always despised that sort of "half gauge" thing GM loves to do with the cluster.
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The ATS looks very good, and if they really brought the weight in under the F30 they get serious kudos. That said, let's see how it fares once the car mags get their hands on it for some serious testing. If it holds up, Cadillac will finally have a car that can be honestly considered along with the Germans.
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      01-08-2012, 03:37 PM   #9
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Looks REALLy nice... exceeded my expectations. Is it safe to assume they're going to put an LS under the hood for the V series?
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big improvement, but I still don't see it looking better then the 3 series inside or out.

I just don't like how cadillacs look on the outside. The front looks dull, and I hate how it is V shaped in the rear end.

Interior look much better, but the blue gauges kinda kill it.
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I'm a little bummed .. the styling is a little more conservative than the teaser photos led me to believe. A six speed manual is only available on 1 of the 3 engine choices (2.0t, which is thankfully not related to the one in the Buick Regal), though that one may be the best out of the three.

I also have a few questions, can the AWD model be had with the sport package? Will there be a 19" tire option? Where's the 8 speed automatic?

Right now, I'm still more impressed with the F30.
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I'm seeing a lot of F30 in that interior.
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It is sort of predictable but still works well. I like it and that interior = win. Look forward to seeing the ATS-V. Only thing I dont like is the chrome on windows and door handles buts minor
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I'm seeing a lot of F30 in that interior.
If that's the case, great minds think alike as this interior deisgn was probably locked in around the same time as the F30.

Supposedly there will be a 19" option but they wanted to keep weight down so 17's and 18's at the start.

Caddy engineers said that they were more inspired by the E46 than anything and aimed to have its characteristics more than the E90.
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Here are some pictures of what I'm assuming are the 18in wheels. These just got published from the live unveiling of the car by GM:
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Is Cadillac basing the 3400lbs weight on the 4cyl motor? If that's the weight with the V6 than that's quite impressive.
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Are those Audi R8 wheels @ the premiere?
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I dig it for the most part. I don't like the chrome. Caddie needs to ditch it. I am looking forward to the V series. I was also interested to see that Caddy has HUD as well...
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I actually prefer this over the F30 (exterior and interior).
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Doesn't look as aggressive as I thought it would, but still decent looking overall. Interior looks pretty nice, but I've always despised that sort of "half gauge" thing GM loves to do with the cluster.
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I think the front is decent but the rest of the car is great. I prefer the interior design to the F30.
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