Cadillac introduced in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the all-new ATS Coupe, a two-door version of the ATS Sedan that showed an updated design. As a result, Cadillac also updated the ATS Sedan for the 2015MY with the new Cadillac crest, revised front styling but also with tech features such as the DockSport wireless phone charging from Powermat that is included with Cadillac CUE and Text Message Alerts as well as Teen Driver features.
In addition, the American manufacturer offers the OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (3GB/three-month trial) and as standard the EZ Key passive entry. Under the hood, some models of the 2015 Cadillac ATS feature as standard the 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 202 hp (151 kW) and 191 lb-ft (259 Nm).
Moreover, Cadillac offers the 2.0-liter Turbo engine rated at 272 hp (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm), which represents a 14 percent increase over 2014 models. The most powerful engine is the 3.6-liter V6 that develops 321 hp (239 kW) and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque.
All engine are matched with six-speed transmission, including the Hydra-Matic 6L45 automatic with tap-shift control and the Tremec six-speed manual available on the 2.0-liter Turbo engine. The 2015 ATS Sedan comes as standard with 17-inch wheels, while 18-inch wheels are available as an option.
Other features for the 2015MY ATS Sedan are the power tilting and telescoping steering column added to Premium collection, automatic safety belt tightening and lane change alert added to Driver Assist Package, lane keep assist added to Driver Awarness Package.
Two new exterior colours were added too: Crystal White Tricoat and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic. The interior was revised as well with new color and trim combination, including semi-aniline leather and sueded microfiber-accent interiors.
Thanks to its low curb weight and powerful lightweight engines, the new Cadillac ATS is able to achieve a nearly perfect 50/50 front-rear weight distribution as well as outstanding power-to-weight ratios. These attributes are further complemented by wide front and rear tracks as well as by a low center of gravity.
Amazingly, the braking performance of the new ATS is among the best in its segment, as made possible by its low vehicle mass and optimal brake sizes. The installed Brembo brakes allow the new ATS to decelerate from 60 mph to a complete stop in just 129 feet (39.3 meters).
The new Cadillac ATS employs a multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension system with a double-pivot design. This system allows for a more precise feeling of control and a smoother ride, while enhancing impact isolation when the ATS encounters bumps and rough surfaces. This double-pivot system comes with a pair of ball joints and lower control links – thereby replacing the conventional wishbone.
To achieve an optimal balance of ride and handling, the system features a suspension geometry that could decouple road inputs by integrating a soft fore/aft "ride link" and stiff laterally positioned "handling link." The ride link allows for greater isolation from road impacts while the handling link allows for quicker lateral response and more direct steering feel.