Sometimes we get caught up in the rivalry between Audi, BMW and Mercedes to the extent of forgetting there are other luxury brands in the market. But the thing is that these brands have a history and drama that is not easy to wish away and however much new brands try, they will still lag behind the German brands, at least for the near future.
However, with time things will certainly change as the underdog models become better and better. One model aiming for the top of this segment is the 2017 Cadillac ATS sedan. At the start many people put it off but with time, GM has improved their flagship luxury sedan and many people have started taking notice. Finally, America is going to have their own luxury sedan to lock horns with German automobiles.
2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan Exterior
From whatever point you look at it, the Cadillac ATS bespeaks of chiseled beauty. The exterior profile features flowing lines and complementing cast –aluminum wheels presenting their best indication yet of their intent of unseating the traditional Germany-made luxury sedans.
Put off the Cadillac sedan at your own peril. The sedan’s body is made up of high-strength steel alloy. Its grille is highly streamlined and is flanked by HID headlights resulting in a broad impression. The front also features a redesigned bumper integrated with fog lights and air intakes. The vehicle rides on a 109-3 inch wheelbase. Other features include an aerodynamic front splitter, a rear spoiler and side body panels.
The sedan rear also features LED taillights and a redesigned bumper. The ATS-V the sedan’s high-performance variant features 18-inch forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan Interior
The interior styling of the 2016 Cadillac ATS is very sophisticated but yet well executed. The base models are upholstered in leatherette while higher trims feature fine leather upholstery.
The cabin also features some touches of carbon-fiber and wood which make it look and feel very luxurious. However, I believe the automaker got it all wrong in terms of its dimensions. This is because while the front seats offer plenty of legroom, the rear seats are somewhat confined. The head room is also cramped which is not so good for a luxury car. Far from the constrained space, the sedan features a CUE touch-screen infotainment system.
The vehicle is offered in Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trims. Standard features on the base trim include keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, trial version of the GM’s OnStar communications system and a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system with SD/USB/Auxiliary ports. The luxury trim adds leather upholstery, power front seats and a rearview camera. On the other hand, performance trim adds a Driver Awareness Package which features forward collision warning and lane departure warning .
The premium trim adds navigation, blind-spot monitoring, ABS, wireless phone charging and magnetic ride suspension. The high-performance ATS-V features Brembo brakes, magnetic ride-control system as well as a 5-mode traction control system.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 Cadillac ATS offers three drive-train options.
The standard engine on the base models is a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder engine which comes good with 202 hp at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is EPA rated at 22mpg in city and 32 mpg on highway drives.
The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which is capable of producing 272 hp at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque from as low as 3,000 rpm. This is the base engine of the Coupes. The engine is paired with a 8-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the rear wheels (AWD is offered as an option). RWD models have an option for a 6-speed manual gearbox. Models with AWD and automatic transmission are EPA rated at 22 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway, RWD and automatic models return 22 mpg city and 31 mpg on highway. On the other hand the RWD models with manual are EPA rated at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg on highway.
The third engine is a 3.6 L, V-6 which comes good with 333 hp at 6,800 rpm and 285 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. This engine is offered in both AWD and RWD. Models with AWD return 19 mpg on city and 28 mpg on highway drives while RWD models return 20 mpg city and 30 mpg on highway. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance ATS-V adds twin turbos on the 3.6 L V-6 to pump its output to 464 hp at 5,850 rpm and 445 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine is offered in only RWD but buyers can opt for either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 8-speed automatic system. While standard ATS models run on gasoline, the ATS-V sips premium.
Price and release date
The automaker also understands that the best way to beat competition is to offer quality specs at cheaper prices in order to sway traditional buyers from the German brands. As such, the base model has an MSRP of $ 34,200 making it the cheapest among all Cadillac models.
Just to contrast, the ATS Coupe starts at $ 39,000. Fully equipped models can fetch as much as $ 50,000. The more potent Cadillac ATS-V sedan costs much more with an MSRP of $61,460. Ticking all options will see you paying over $ 70,000.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS sedan enters into a market dominated by the brands from the three German companies synonymous with the word luxury in the world of motoring.
The Cadillac joins the likes of Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50 and Volvo S60 in trying to unseat the trio of Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series from the stranglehold on this segment.