The Cadillac ATS is four-door 5-passenger compact luxury sedan designed, manufactured and marketed by the General Motors. General Motors developed the Cadillac ATS in the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, United States. GM joins the ATS plant in Lansing Grand River Assembly in Lansing, Michigan, United States. The Cadillac ATS is the smallest vehicle Cadillac, slotting in the vehicle line under greater Cadillac CTS.
The Cadillac ATS is based on the Alpha platform General Motors, and is offered in rear-wheel drive configurations or four wheels. The ATS database engine is a 2.5-liter I-4 engine naturally aspirated gasoline that produces 202 horsepower (151 kW). Optional engines include a 2.0-liter I-4 turbo petrol engine that produces 272 horsepower (203 kW) and a natural vacuum motor gasoline 3.6-liter V6 that produces 321 horsepower (239 kW). A diesel engine will be available in the future. All versions are equipped with six-speed GM 6L45 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission as standard. The 2.0-liter turbo, the rear-wheel-drive version can be mated to a Tremec TR3160 6-speed manual transmission M3L optional. Depending on the specifications, the 2014 Cadillac ATS ranges in price from US $ 33,065 – US $ 58,760.
The Cadillac ATS debut to the press in the United States in January 2012, put the ATS production in July 2012 and began selling the ATS in the United States in August 2012 as a 2013 model GM began selling the ATS in China in November 2013. Cadillac ATS can sell in Europe depending on the reaction of the local market. GM engineers work primarily in General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, United States developed the Cadillac ATS.
Before the debut of the Cadillac ATS, the smallest vehicle was the Cadillac CTS midsize. The Cadillac CTS was comparable in price to compact competitors like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz Class C, but was comparable in size and weight to half the size of most expensive BMW 5-Series. Although Cadillac believes that customers would be in favor of a car size 5 series at a price of 3 series, that assumption proved to be wrong. Cadillac’s research found that target customers who already owned vehicles as 3-series or A4 not want a larger vehicle. General Motors began developing a smaller car that meets these target customers; that car would become the Cadillac ATS.
Cadillac ATS Specification
The Cadillac ATS is a compact four-door, five-passenger sedan. A two-door coupe is under development and expected to go on sale in the summer of 2014 as a 2015 model is expected variants convertible and station wagon to be produced, but still has not confirmed Cadillac body styles. The ATS 2013 ranged in price from US $ 34,000 to US $ 52,000, about US $ 1,800 less expensive than the entry level 2012 BMW 328i. The 2014 ATS varies in price from US $ 33,065 – US $ 58,760.
The Cadillac ATS has a curb weight of 3315-3461 pounds, depending on configuration, and 51/49 front to rear weight distribution percentage. The hood, front suspension and stand are made of aluminum. The front suspension is MacPherson type, double pivot set, using a pair of ball joints and lower control links. The 3rd generation Magnetic Ride Control active suspension is optional on the Premium RWD version. A mechanical limited slip differential is standard with the turbo engine variant is an option available on vehicles equipped with the V6.
Cadillac ATS Engines
The Cadillac ATS database engine is a 2.5-liter I-4 engine naturally aspirated gasoline that produces 202 horsepower (151 kW). Optional engines include a 2.0-liter I-4 turbo petrol engine that produces 272 horsepower (203 kW) and a natural vacuum motor gasoline 3.6-liter V6 that produces 321 horsepower (239 kW). GM is committed to offering a diesel engine for the ATS, but has not specified a date of availability.
Cadillac ATS EPA estimated Fuel Economy
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2.5-liter I-4 is 22 mpg-US (11 L / 100 km; 26 mpg-imp) city and 33 mpg US (7.1 L / 100 km; 40 mpg-imp) highway. It is ranked turbo 2.0-liter I-4 at 21 miles per gallon in the US (11 L / 100 km; 25 mpg-imp) city and 31 mpg US (7.6 L / 100 km; 37 mpg-imp) highway when paired with the automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive and 20 mpg US (12 L / 100 km; 24 mpg-imp) city and 30 miles per gallon in the US (7.8 L / 100 km; 36 mpg-imp) highway with AWD. When equipped with the manual transmission, the 2.0-liter turbo reaches 19 mpg-US (12 L / 100 km; 23 mpg-imp) city and 30 mpg US (7.8 L / 100 km; 36 mpg-imp) highway. It has the V-6 at 19 mpg-US (12 L / 100 km; 23 mpg-imp) city and 28 mpg US (8.4 L / 100 km; 34 mpg-imp) highway RWD form; when equipped with AWD, the respective figures are 18 mpg-US (13 L / 100 km; 22 mpg-imp) and 26 miles per gallon in the US (9.0 L / 100 km; 31 mpg-imp)
Cadillac ATS Transmissions
All versions of the Cadillac ATS are equipped with 6-speed GM 6L45 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission as standard. The 2.0-liter turbo, rear wheel drive version can be mated to a Tremec TR3160 6-speed manual transmission M3L optional.
Cadillac ATS Trim levels
In North America, at the time of the introduction of the model, the 2013 ATS was available in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium. In China, at the time of the introduction of the model, the ATS is available in five exterior colors and two interior colors over four trim levels: Standard, Deluxe, Elite and Comfort
Cadillac ATS Reception
A comparison between Cadillac ATS 2.0 L Turbo and BMW 328i published in the October 2012 Car and Driver praised many aspects of the ATS. Though Car and Driver generally preferred the BMW 328i, the magazine concluded: “If nothing changes in Bavaria and GM can produce a better engine is easy to see the next round of this game is going to Cadillac.” Consumer Reports gave the ATS 2.0 L Turbo 76 rating 100, referring to the ATS as “fun to drive” but noted that the 2.0 turbo “lack of refinement”. Consumer Reports praised the management, brakes, fit and finish and front seat comfort ATS, but criticized the tight interior, the small trunk, CUE controls and fuel economy compared to other vehicles in its class.
Comparing the Cadillac ATS 3.6 L for the Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport and the BMW 335i in the February 2013 Motor Trend concluded that the “chassis developed Nürburgring Nordschleife than the Germans at their own game.” ATS award first place in comparison, but noting deficiencies in the CUE entertainment system and transmission. A review of the Cadillac ATS 3.6 L AWD published on February 27, 2013, by Autoblog stated that the ATS is not perfect, but it is impressive for a first effort and is easily as smart and capable as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.
Cadillac ATS Safety
Tests conducted by the National Traffic Safety Administration of the United States scored 2013 and 2014 Cadillac ATS in rear-wheel drive variants and two four-wheel, five stars in frontal impact, side impact and rollover protection, resulting in five-star overall, the highest score possible. The NHTSA says the availability of three technologies in the Cadillac ATS NHTSA recommends: electronic stability control, collision alert and lane departure warning.
Cadillac ATS Marketing
Cadillac showed a pre-production style Cadillac ATS buck reporters on August 11, 2009. Cadillac ATS debut production reporters on January 8, 2012. General Motors began selling the ATS in the United States in August 2012 modeled 2013. sales in China began on November 21, 2013. Chinese vehicle market will initially be imported from the United States by Shanghai GM, It is considering production in China. Cadillac can sell the ATS in Europe depending on the reaction of the local market.
Cadillac ATS Awards
In 2012, the 2013 Cadillac ATS was voted “Car of the Year” by Esquire magazine, “Luxury Car of the Year” by the magazine Popular Mechanics and “Vehicle of the Year” by the Motor Press Guild. In 2013, a jury of 49 journalists from the United States and Canada ATS named the 2013 North American Car of the Year.