Oshawa, Ontario – The all-new, rear-wheel-drive Cadillac ATS compact luxury sport sedan, with a 2.5L engine and six-speed transmission, is priced from $35,195, plus  destination charges. Highway fuel consumption is rated at 6.0 L/100km.

“The ATS enters a vehicle segment this year that’s one of the most competitive in the market, from both a price and performance standpoint,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. “ATS will bring a distinctive presence and compelling value while offering quick, nimble, fun-to-drive dynamics that will appeal to the lifestyles of modern luxury buyers and challenge the segment’s status quo.”

A mid-level model, with a 2.0L turbocharged engine, starts from $36,985 plus destination and will offer automatic and manual transmissions, as well as rear- or all-wheel drive.

Topping the engine range is a 3.6L V-6 rated at 321 horsepower, starting from $43,935 plus destination. The 3.6L model comes equipped with an automatic transmission and standard content that includes CUE (Cadillac User Experience infotainment system), leather eight-way power seats with memory, adaptive start and more. All-wheel drive is available.

A full breakdown of pricing  and availability of packages and options will be provided later this summer.

ATS goes on sale this summer, but already the new sedan is positively impacting Lansing, Mich., where more than 440 new employees have been hired at Cadillac’s Lansing Grand River plant, where the ATS is assembled. A total of 600 new employees are expected to be part of Cadillac’s $190 million investment in the facility.

The addition of advanced materials has reduced curb weight on the 2.5L model to 1,503 kilograms (3,315 lbs.), making it one of the lightest vehicles in the Canadian compact luxury segment that includes  BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

Cadillac’s new CUE user interface, standard on most ATS models, offers the first automotive use of capacitive touch to create an intuitive, modern way for drivers to interact with the car. This technology, used for most smartphones and tablet computers, uses electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects, such as a finger.


Source: GM / Cadillac

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