The Cadillac ATS is a compact executive 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe manufactured and marketed by Cadillac and developed at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Cadillac assembles the ATS at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan.
|Assembly||United States: Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Grand River Assembly) |
China: Shanghai (SAIC-GM)
|Designer||Bob Boniface (exterior) |
Eric Clough (interior)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact executive car|
|Body style||4-door sedan (2013–present): |
4-door sedan (2013–2018; except China)
4-door sedan (2013–present; China)
2-door coupe (2015–present)
|Related||Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Camaro (sixth generation)|
|Wheelbase||109.3 in (2,776 mm)|
112.6 in (2,861 mm) (ATS-L)
|Length||4,643 mm (182.8 in)|
|Width||1,806 mm (71.1 in)|
|Height||1,420 mm (55.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,504–1,570 kg (3,315–3,461 lb)|
The ATS is based on General Motors' Alpha platform and is offered in either rear- or all-wheel drive configurations. The ATS base engine had been a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 gasoline engine that produces 202 hp (151 kW), until the 2016 model year. Optional engines include a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 gasoline engine that produces 272 hp (203 kW) and a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine that produces 321 hp (239 kW). The 2.0-liter engine replaced the 2.5-liter engine as the base engine for the 2017 model year. A diesel engine had been planned to be available in the future. All versions were equipped with a 6-speed GM 6L45 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission as standard until the 2015 model year. An 8-speed automatic transmission was introduced for the 2016 model year. The 2.0-liter turbocharged, rear-wheel drive version can be mated to an optional 6-speed Tremec M3L TR-3160 manual transmission.
Cadillac debuted the ATS to the press in the United States in January 2012, placed the ATS into 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 currently sells the ATS in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, China, Japan, and South Korea.
GM engineers working principally at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, United States developed the ATS.
Prior to the debut of the ATS, Cadillac's smallest vehicle was the mid-size CTS. The CTS was comparable in price to compact competitors like the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series, the Lexus IS and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class but was comparable in size and weight to the more expensive mid-size BMW 5 Series. Although Cadillac believed that customers would favor a 5 Series sized car at a 3 Series price, that assumption proved to be incorrect. Cadillac's research found that target customers who already owned vehicles like the 3 Series or A4 did not want a larger vehicle. General Motors began development of a smaller car that would satisfy these target customers; that car would eventually become the Cadillac ATS.
To establish parameters around which they would design the ATS, GM engineers benchmarked the 1999-2006 BMW E46 3 Series, which ATS chief engineer Dave Masch and his team regarded as the most dynamic and driver-focused iteration of the 3 Series. The engineers emphasized low weight when developing the ATS and their efforts resulted in a finished vehicle that weighs less than the BMW E46 benchmark. To achieve this result, Masch suggested that the engineering team disregarded certain GM product development rules that, had they been followed, would have resulted in a heavier vehicle.
Cadillac showed a pre-production styling buck of the ATS to the press on 11 August 2009. Cadillac debuted the production ATS to the press on 8 January 2012. General Motors began selling the ATS in the United States in August 2012 as a 2013 model. Sales in China began on 21 November 2013. Chinese-market vehicles were initially imported from the United States by Shanghai GM. A Chinese-assembled ATS-L was launched in China in August 2014.
New platform and minor refresh for 2015Edit
During the early development of the ATS, GM engineers determined that downsizing the GM Sigma II platform that underpinned the second-generation CTS would result in a vehicle that was too heavy and that using an economical, front-wheel drive platform would sacrifice performance. Under the leadership of Dave Leone, GM engineers created a brand-new platform which was designed to be light and compact, to be capable of handling both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations and to have a near 50/50 weight distribution. The new platform developed by the GM engineers for the ATS is now called the GM Alpha platform.
For 2015 model year, the refreshed Cadillac ATS gained most of its styling from its Coupe version, the two-bar grille, redesigned Cadillac emblem, seen on the ATS coupe first, and will eventually be placed on every Cadillac lineup. Exterior tweaks for the 2015 Cadillac ATS front fascia has been lowered, and more exterior paint choices have been made. The ATS interior is a carryover for 2015, but has seen some modest technology updates for 2015 as well.
2016 model year changesEdit
For the 2016 model year, the ATS replaces the 6-speed 6L45 automatic transmission with the new 8-speed 8L45 and the 3.6L LFX V6 is replaced with a new generation 3.6L LGX V6 featuring a cylinder deactivation system. Automatic start-stop technology was added for the 2.0T and 3.6L V6 models using the 8-speed automatic transmission. GM claimed this ultracapacitor-based system boosted fuel economy by 6 percent. 
General Motors assembles the ATS at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan, United States. GM spent US$190 million to upgrade the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant for ATS production and hired a second shift of workers. GM began assembling vehicles intended for sale to customers on 26 July 2012.
The Chinese-market ATS-L is assembled by SAIC-GM in Shanghai.
The ATS is a compact four-door, five-passenger sedan. A two-door coupe is under development and expected to go on sale in summer 2014 as a 2015 model. Convertible and station wagon variants are expected to be produced, although Cadillac has not yet confirmed those body styles.
The ATS has a curb weight of 3,315 to 3,461 lb (1,504 to 1,570 kg), depending on configuration, and a 51/49 front to rear weight percentage distribution. The hood, front suspension and cradle are made from aluminum. The front suspension is a MacPherson strut, double-pivot set up, using a pair of ball joints and lower control links. Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control active suspension is optional on the Premium RWD variant. A mechanical limited-slip differential is standard with the manual transmission variant and is an available on the premium automatic.
The ATS is available in either a rear- or all wheel drive layout, has four available engines and two available transmissions.
|Displacement||Fuel||GM Type||Configuration||Aspiration||Power||Torque||Layouts||Transmission||Model Years|
|2,499 cc (2.5 L)||Gasoline||LCV||I4||Natural||202 hp (151 kW) @ 6300 rpm||190 lb⋅ft (258 N⋅m) @ 4400 rpm||FR||6-speed automatic||2013–2015|
|2,499 cc (2.5 L)||Gasoline||LCV||I4||Natural||202 hp (151 kW) @ 6300 rpm||190 lb⋅ft (258 N⋅m) @ 4400 rpm||FR||8-speed automatic||2016|
|1,998 cc (2.0 L)||Gasoline||LTG||I4||Turbocharged||272 hp (203 kW) @ 5500 rpm||260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) @ 1700-5500 rpm||FR,
6-speed manual (optional)
|1,998 cc (2.0 L)||Gasoline||LTG||I4||Turbocharged||272 hp (203 kW) @ 5500 rpm||295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) @ 3000-5500 rpm||FR,
6-speed manual (optional)
|1,998 cc (2.0 L)||Gasoline||LTG||I4||Turbocharged||272 hp (203 kW) @ 5500 rpm||295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) @ 3000-5500 rpm||FR,
6-speed manual (optional)
|3,564 cc (3.6 L)||Gasoline||LFX||V6||Natural||321 hp (239 kW) @ 6800 rpm||274 lb⋅ft (371 N⋅m) @ 4800 rpm||FR,
|3,649 cc (3.6 L)||Gasoline||LGX||V6||Natural||335 hp (250 kW) @ 6800 rpm||285 lb⋅ft (386 N⋅m) @ 5300 rpm||FR,
|3,564 cc (3.6 L)||Gasoline||LF4||V6||Turbocharged||464 hp (346 kW) @ 5850 rpm||445 lb⋅ft (603 N⋅m) @ 3500 rpm||FR||8-speed automatic (optional)
From 2013 to 2016, the ATS base engine in the U.S. model was a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four engine (LCV) that produces 202 hp (151 kW). As of 2017, the base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 gasoline engine (LTG) that produces 272 hp (203 kW), which was optional in previous years. A naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine (LGX) that produces 335 hp (250 kW) is optional. 2013 to 2015 ATS models had an available 3.6-liter LFX V6 gasoline engine GM has committed to offering a diesel engine for the ATS, but has not specified an availability date.
- EPA estimated fuel economy
|EPA estimated fuel economy |
|Engine||Transmission||Drivetrain||City Rating||Highway Rating|
|2.5-liter I4||Automatic||22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg‑imp)||33 mpg‑US (7.1 L/100 km; 40 mpg‑imp)|
|2.0-liter turbo I4||Automatic||RWD||21 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg‑imp)||31 mpg‑US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg‑imp)|
|2.0-liter turbo I4||Automatic||AWD||20 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg‑imp)||30 mpg‑US (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg‑imp)|
|2.0-liter turbo I4||Manual||19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp)||30 mpg‑US (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg‑imp)|
|3.6-liter turbo V6||Automatic/Manual||RWD||19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp)||28 mpg‑US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg‑imp)|
|3.6-liter V6||Automatic||AWD||18 mpg‑US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg‑imp)||26 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg‑imp)|
All versions of the ATS were equipped with a 6-speed GM 6L45 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission as standard until the 2015 model year. The 2.0-liter turbo, rear-wheel drive version can be mated to an optional 6-speed Tremec M3L TR-3160 manual transmission.
The 2016 model year ATS replaces all uses of the 6-speed 6L45 with the new 8-speed 8L45 automatic transmission.
In North America, at the time of the model's introduction, the 2013 ATS was available in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium.
In China, at the time of the model's introduction, the ATS is available in five exterior colors and two interior colors over four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Elite and Comfort.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe debuted at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The two door Cadillac targets Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and the BMW 4 Series. It went on sale in the summer of 2014 as the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. The ATS coupe is wider than the sedan. Two models were available at launch. One with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 272 hp (203 kW) and 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) of torque, the other with a 3.6L engine with 321 hp (239 kW) and 275 lb⋅ft (373 N⋅m) of torque. Buyers have a choice of six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, and the option of all wheel drive or standard rear wheel drive. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is the first production model to wear Cadillac's newly revised brand logo without its previous laurel wreath, and was first shown on the Cadillac Elmiraj concept car. The ATS coupe received 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFi hotspot, CUE interface with Siri Eyes Free, and a Bose stereo with 12 speakers.
In July 2014, Cadillac announced that it would be producing a long wheelbase version of the ATS for the Chinese market known as the ATS-L. The ATS-L has a wheelbase 85 mm (3.3 in) longer than the standard ATS sedan and will be manufactured in China by Shanghai GM.
Previous ATS vehicles had been imported to China from GM's Lansing manufacturing facility in Michigan. The ATS-L has a starting price of 270,000 Chinese Yuan, or about $43,600 US dollars. The 2 litre LTG turbocharged petrol engine is standard across the range producing 230 and 279 horsepower. The ATS-L previously ran on the GM 6T70 automatic gearbox for 2014 and 2015 and used the GM 8L45 automatic gearbox from 2016 onwards. Trim levels are known as the 25T and 28T.
The Cadillac ATS-V is a high performance version of the Cadillac ATS, similar to how the CTS-V is to the standard CTS model. The ATS-V series includes two body styles, which feature a turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine and a sport-tuned suspension. The ATS-V sedan and coupe were introduced for the 2016 model year.
The sedan with the automatic transmission can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h). The ATS-V is rear-wheel drive, and is powered by a LF4 3.6L twin turbocharged V6 producing 464 hp (346 kW; 470 PS) and 445 lb⋅ft (603 N⋅m) of torque.
Motor Trend conducted a comparison between the BMW M3, ATS-V, and Mercedes-AMG C63-S. The Cadillac managed to accelerate faster than both German vehicles and was the fastest around Willow Springs International Motorsports Park; it was also the least expensive in the test.
Cadillac competed at the Pirelli World Challenge from 2015 to 2017 with the Cadillac ATS-V.R, a racecar based on the ATS-V under the GT3 regulations, developed in collaboration with Pratt & Miller. Johnny O'Connell won the championship in 2015, finished fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2017. In addition, Michael Cooper finished third in 2016 and second in 2017.
Testing conducted by the United States National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration scored the 2013 and 2014 ATS, in both rear- and all-wheel drive variants, at five stars in frontal crash, side crash and rollover protection, resulting in five stars overall, the highest possible score. The NHTSA notes the availability of three NHTSA recommended technologies on the ATS: electronic stability control, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
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Smaller than Cadillac's CTS sedan, the ATS was developed in GM's Warren Tech Center.
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Cadillac next year will launch the XTS large luxury sedan and a compact luxury sports sedan codenamed ATS, models that will bracket the CTS Sedan, Coupe and Wagon family, Reuss said at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars.
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According to ATS chief engineer Dave Masch, one of the things Cadillac learned from its time spent with owners of competitive vehicles...was that 'buyers didn't want a bigger vehicle.'
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The dynamic benchmark for the ATS was the E46 3 Series.... Masch's team believes BMW moved away from the driver-focused chassis tune of the E46 with the current 3 Series -- the E90 -- and expects that trend will continue with the next-gen 3 Series due later this year.
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'We broke a lot of our own rules,' says Dave Masch, chief engineer of the highly anticipated ATS...
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This morning at the media preview hosted by General Motors in its design dome, VP of Design Ed Welburn showed off full-size styling bucks of the next two models from Cadillac. Rounding out the lineup for GM's luxury brand will be the XTS and ATS. The ATS is a smaller car than the CTS and will take direct aim at the heart of the 3-Series.
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The base engine is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four, putting out 200 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, which should be good for over 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The real points of interest are the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four and 3.6-liter V6.
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The much-anticipated Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan was launched today in China at Auto Guangzhou 2013.
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General Motors will introduce the award-winning Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan in China in the fourth quarter of 2013. The ATS will be imported by Shanghai GM and sold at Cadillac dealers nationwide.
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Leone and his team started with a clean sheet of paper, creating a platform designed to be light and compact, with near 50/50 weight distribution as well as rear- and all-wheel drive.... The result is the new Alpha platform. For MY 2015, the Cadillac ATS will see a new front fascia that incorporates the brand's new wreath-less emblem, and a sleeker front bumper. The interior has been upgraded as well with new trim options as well as some new tech including Siri Eyes Free functionality, dictated text messaging and optional inductive smartphone charging.
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For Lansing, it means at least 600 jobs at GM's Lansing Grand River assembly plant and hundreds more at local suppliers.
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The first 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sport sedan intended for public sale was built today at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan, culminating a massive design and development project.
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General Motors plans to introduce a coupe version of its Cadillac ATS compact next year, one in a spate of vehicle introductions for the luxury brand. Several dealers told Automotive News they were shown an ATS coupe at a national dealer meeting in Las Vegas this month.
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The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe, the long-awaited companion model to the ATS sedan, will be introduced in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Edmunds has learned. The ATS Coupe is expected to go on sale next summer.
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The development engineers who built the new Cadillac ATS—rear- or all-wheel-drive on GM’s new Alpha platform architecture; five-passengers and four doors (watch this space for coupe, convertible and wagon variants)...
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At $33,990, including destination charges, the ATS undercuts the 2012 BMW 328i on base price by $1,805.
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FROM $33,065 - $58,760
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The result is a base rear-drive curb weight of 3,315 pounds--at least 113 pounds less than any A4, 3-series, C-class or IS--and a consistent mass advantage over all equipment configurations.
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The 2.5L is rated at an estimated 202 horsepower (151 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. of torque (259 Nm), while the 2.0T – the latest in a series of technologically advanced, high-output turbo engines – at 272 horsepower (203 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm). The award-winning 3.6L V-6 has 321 horsepower (239 kW) and 275 lb.-ft. of torque (373 Nm).
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Mark Reuss, president of G.M.’s North American operations, said on Sunday that a diesel engine would also be offered in “the first life cycle” of the car, though he did not elaborate further.
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Docherty declines to provide a timetable on the diesel powertrains, although North America will get an oil-burner for the ATS, so it stands to reason Europe would see it first.
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According to Cadillac, the 2.0/automatic combo is good for 21 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway; those figures drop by one each when power is sent to all four wheels.
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Standard - Luxury - Performance - Premium
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凯迪拉克ATS 28T 领先型, 凯迪拉克ATS 28T 豪华型, 凯迪拉克ATS 28T 精英型, 凯迪拉克ATS 28T 舒适型
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2014 Cadillac ATS 4 DR RWD *****, 2014 Cadillac ATS 4 DR AWD *****
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Now another vehicle in the General Motors stable has scored top marks on the frontal, side and rollover crash tests on its way to a five-star overall rating: the Cadillac ATS (in both rear- and all-wheel-drive variants).
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Caddy set its sights on building a worthy competitor to Audi, Benz, and BMW. This time, Detroit was up to the German challenge.
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Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, today announced the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS as the winner of the second-ever Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Award.
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An all-American duo, the Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500, both manufactured in Michigan, were selected on Monday as North American car and truck of the year
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The jurors gave the ATS 207 points, the Accord 159 points and the Fusion 124 points.
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