Cadillac’s junior offering returns for 2016 with a host of changes aimed at bringing more technology and better performance to buyers. Both the 2.0T (272 hp) and 3.6-litre engine have been upgraded; the former gets an idle-stop system, while the latter features an entirely design, complete with cylinder deactivation and gasoline direct injection. An emphasis on refinement, smoothness, and fuel economy do not compromise its performance – power is up to 333 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic gives way to a new in-house designed eight-speed automatic, which is standard on most trims. The base Sedan continues to use a 202-hp 2.5-litre four-cylinder.
2016 is also the year the ATS gets the long-awaited V version. Offered in both Coupe and Sedan body styles, the ATS-V has been worked-over to make it a true world performance beater. Powered by the CTS V-Sport’s twin-turbocharged V6, it develops 464 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque – and comes paired to either a six-speed manual with rev-matched downshifts and no-lift shifting, or eight-speed automatic transmission that’s said to shift quicker than a double-clutch ‘box. Magnetic damping, Brembo brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a beefed up structure (25 percent more rigid) are all included.
Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, featured on most ATS models, now boasts a more powerful graphics engine resulting in smoother performance, plus Apple CarPlay. Android Auto will join the range later in the year. In addition, Cadillac has increased standard equipment on the Premium Collection to include a power tilt and telescoping steering column, while the optional Safety and Security and Driver Awareness Packages include added content. Three new colours join the range: Cocoa Bronze, Moonstone, and Stellar Black.