Chinese car buyers longing to get their hands on a Cadillac ATS can now do so, as General Motors launched the compact sport luxury sedan in China today at the Auto Guangzhou 2013. The ATS is priced from RMB 308,000 to RMB 438,000, or $50,548 to $72,000 USD, based on current exchange rates, and joins the XTS, SRX, (second-gen) CTS sedan, and Escalade in China.
Given that construction of Cadillac’s Chinese plant hasn’t been completed yet — something that will take place even later in 2013, General Motors is importing the ATS into China from the United States. This explains the steep price of Caddy’s latest and possibly most important model in the country, as vehicles imported into China are assessed a high tariff. General Motors is expected to lower the price once local production gets under way.
For the time being, Chinese customers will be limited to purchasing the ATS with the 2.0 liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, which allows the compact sport-lux sedan to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds. The Chinese-market vehicle weighs in at a class-lightest 1,550 kg (3,417 pounds) and features a 50:50 weight distribution, as well as the now-familiar list of standard and available equipment:
- Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control
- Paddle shifters
- Brembo brakes
- Limited-slip rear mechanical differential
- 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone high-performance run-flats
- Active air intake grille shutters
- Bose Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
- AudioPilot noise compensation technology
- Bose Centerpoint surround technology with 10 speakers
- Ten airbags
The brand’s CUE infotainment system with an 8.0-inch center stack display and a 5.7-inch configurable instrument cluster is available, as is a full-color head-up display.
As is the case with other imported Cadillacs, availability will likely be limited — so Chinese buyers should
walk run sprint (like this guy) to their nearest GM-Cadillac dealer to nab one for themselves.