Pictured here are brand new spy shots of the 2013 Cadillac ATS, which has been caught in its own sheetmetal for the very first time, and despite the camouflage, the pictures reveal the shape of the final car very well.
The ATS is Cadillac’s entry into the compact sedan market and is America’s first brush up against the BMW 3-series, the Lexus IS and the Infiniti G, as well as the Mercedes-Benz C-class. It’s expected to come to market in both sedan and coupe form, but this is the sedan version shown right here.
The skin tight camouflage can do nothing to hide the shape of the new Cadillac ATS, and from what we can see, the proportions are just right for a sedan of this size and this intent. The lines of the design are slightly more conservative than its big brother, the CTS, and the ATS appears to ride lower than the bigger sedan, showing off its sporty intentions. The overhangs are short, and the grill is a smaller, more conservative variant of the one used on the CTS and the upcoming Cadillac XTS flagship.
Engines expected to power the ATS include the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that sees duty in the Buick Regal Turbo, as well as the 3.6 liter GM V6 that powers the CTS. The base engine should give the little Caddy a cool 270 horsepower, with around 330 horsepower being put to the ground by the more powerful motor. No word yet on the ATS-V, but we can expect either a turbocharged version of the V6 model, or a small block V8. A six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic should transfer the power from engine to wheels.
Expect the new ATS to go on sale halfway through 2012 as a 2013 model, shortly after its bigger, slightly older sibling, the big XTS does. If Cadillac gets it right, expect it to be a massive sales success.