On sale this summer, the all-new, 2013 Cadillac ATS compact sport/luxury sedan will open at $33,990. That figure will be for the baseline rear-wheel drive model fitted with GM's new 188-horsepower/2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission -- a combination Cadillac execs say will deliver an EPA highway number of "well over 30 mph."
While full specs and equipment details have yet to be released, the division did confirm basic pricing for the other models in the ATS lineup. A mid-level variant fitted with the 270-horse/2.0-liter turbocharged four will sticker at $35,795 and offer the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission as well as rear-drive or all-wheel drive configuration. Topping the ATS range is a version with Cadillac's well-proved 3.6-liter V6 that makes 318 ponies and is backed by a six-speed automatic. Beginning at $42,090, it's also available in RWD/AWD configurations. Standard equipment for this primo package will include the division's new CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system interface, leather 8-way power seats with memory, adaptive start and more.
Aimed directly at international rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benx C-Class, the new Cadillac ATS boasts its own international development pedigree, including extensive efforts to trim unnecessary weight from the package and sharpen its handling and overall performance with numerous hours of at-the-limit evaluation at some of the world's premier race circuits. According to Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing, "ATS will bring a distinctive presence and compelling value while offering quick, nimble, fun-to-drive dynamics that will appeal to the lifestyles of modern luxury buyers and challenge the segment's status quo."