Cadillac Announces ATS Diesel

By Paul Riegler on 9 January 2012
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At an unveiling at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Cadillac unveiled the 2013 ATS sedan, and confirmed that a diesel version will be offered, although timing for that was not announced.

The ATS is built on a new, rear-wheel-drive platform and is eight inches shorter than the Cadillac CTS.  It continues the automaker’s Art & Science design language with a mixture of angular lines and flat surfaces.  It has 50/50 weight distribution and uses GM’s Magnetic Ride Control.

Cadillac sees the ATS as a competitor for the BMW 3er Series and the Audi A4. At the launch, Mark Reuss, GM’s North American President, said that the new sedan will be “the most mass-efficient car in the segment.”

Three engines will be offered for 2013.  The base engine is a 2.5-liter I-4, developing 200 hp and 188 pound-feet of torque.  Optional are a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6.  Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or automatic.  Both rear- and all-wheel-drive will be available.

Cadillac was the first U.S. automaker to offer a diesel back in the late 70s but the 5.7-liter V-8 engines suffered from poor reliability and tarnished the reputation of diesels for generations to come.