Scheduled for sale in Europe this autumn, the Cadillac ATS has been engineered and designed to challenge the domination of European car makers in the premium compact segment. Its launch represents another key development in Cadillac’s renaissance as a successful, global luxury brand.
Cadillac ATS engineered to end European domination
Developed around an all-new, lightweight rear-wheel drive architecture, the ATS sedan takes Cadillac into the world’s largest selling luxury car segment. As a result, it introduces Cadillac’s unique blend of technically advanced performance, elegance and design to a new group of discerning buyers within Europe’s premium car market. .
The ATS is a fresh expression of Cadillac’s Art & Science design execution, built on a foundation of superb driving dynamics and minimized vehicle weight. It is the most agile and lightweight car to carry the Wreath & Crest emblem, with one of the lowest curb weights in its class – less than 1,542 kg – and a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
The sophisticated rear-wheel drive chassis is engineered around multi-link, double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension and Cadillac’s first five-link independent rear axle. Cadillac’s industry-leading Magnetic Ride Control active suspension system and all-wheel drive are also available.
Power is supplied by an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine rated at 201 kW/273 hp. Its exceptional specific power output of 136.6 hp per liter exceeds that of any engine offered by the ATS’s European competitors. Key features shared with its naturally-aspired 2.5-liter stable-mate include all-aluminum construction, continuously variable valve timing and direct fuel injection..
Just as impressive is Cadillac CUE (Cadillac User Experience), offering ATS drivers a comprehensive infotainment system which merges intuitive design with industry-first controls and commands for managing information and media data.
Compact Cadillac design
Inside and out, the ATS features the signature styling and refinement cues of Cadillac’s Art & Science design language, now tailored in new proportions for the most compact Cadillac yet built.
A generous 2,775 mm-long wheelbase and wide front/rear tracks endow the ATS with a sporty, planted stance, which is enhanced by short overhangs and taut body contours wrapping tightly around standard 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Signature vertical light units include LED front lighting details and a classic Cadillac grille features shutters which close at highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve fuel economy. Premium class exterior detailing includes illuminated door handles.
A driver-focused interior, with integrated technology and crafted materials, complements the exterior design themes. Everything from the placement of the pedals to the position of the gear shifter is designed for an effortless and intuitive driving experience.
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