2015 Cadillac ATS: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New front-end styling, torque boost for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a host of standard and available tech features

Price change: Starts at $34,210, including a $995 destination charge, a $220 increase

On sale: August

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? Aside from exterior-styling updates, most of the upgrades come with packages and on higher trim levels, but for the negligible price hike, why not stay current with that new wreathless Cadillac crest?

We've already told you all about the new-for-2015 coupe version of the Cadillac ATS, which debuted earlier this year at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, along with the modern, wreathless redesign of GM's luxury brand's famous crest. GM has some minor updates for the 2015 sedan version: fresh front-end styling, as well as newly available communication, convenience and safety features, and a substantial torque boost on one of three powertrains. While the new coupe is set to go on sale in September starting at $38,990 (including a $995 destination charge), an August dealership date has been set for the 2015 version of the four-door, which will start at $34,210 with destination, a $220 increase over the outgoing model.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe: Up Close 

The compact luxury sedan's available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 272 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, the latter figure representing a 14 percent increase over the 2014 model. The other two engines include the standard 2.5-liter, good for 202 hp and 191 pounds-feet of torque, and the 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 321 hp and 275 pounds-feet of torque. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the 2.0-liter is also available with a six-speed manual. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on all powertrains except the 2.5-liter.

Two new colors are available for the sedan, Crystal White Tricoat and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, as are new interior color and trim combinations including semi-aniline leather and sueded microfiber accents.

The ATS' enhanced communications, convenience and safety tech features include:

  • DockSpot wireless phone-phone charging, available with the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system
  • Text message alerts and teen-driver features integrated with CUE
  • OnStar with the 4G LTE data network and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • EZ Key passive entry
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel on Premium models
  • Automatic seat belt tightening and lane change alert with the Driver Assist Package
  • Lane keep assist with the Driver Awareness Package

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Comments 

CC

The torque figure is quite high consider it's only a 2.0L, almost the same as 3.6L V6. I recently drove a 2014 2.0L and the ride and handling are definitely among the best in the class, interior trim material are also very competitive. Caddy definitely got their game up.

J

Did they decide when are they going to offer AWD with a clutch pedal?

Ken L.

Small engines producing that much power and torque, while hauling that much weight, will not last, longevity wise.

tr6

@Ken, I agree, owners of such turbos would be advised to expect a degradation of performance over time as the turbo wears. Many of these will be leased so it probably won't be an issue for the original owner.

WTF

The continued skepticism about turbocharging is as bad as when everyone was convinced that fuel injection, R-134a, ABS, etc. were going to be disasters.

Skankzilla

Turbochargers wear out before the engine and transmission and are very expensive to replace. They will have to be replaced at some point, period.

R-134a has never cooled as well as R-12. R-1234yf is ridiculously expensive per pound and requires the use of stand alone equipment for recharging.

Direct Injection is a problem since the fuel is no longer washing the intake valves down. The build-up as a result leads to excessive oil consumption through the PCV system. Once it's there is near impossible to correct without disassembling the motor.

I wouldn't say they're disasters, but it's not making cost of ownership any cheaper. I can see why people can be skeptical.

tr6

@Skankzilla,
Good points. A turbocharger is a wear item that degrades over time and can result in rebuilding or replacement costing into the thousands. I would rather skip the turbo and get a smooth running V6 and spend slightly more on gas. Bottom line: automakers like turbos because they can save money by building smaller motors with fewer cylinders that save weight and help them reach government mileage requirements. WTF, I can understand why you drank the turbo kool aid - they're being heavily promoted as a magic solution. But there is no free lunch, and much of the money you save in gas will go to rebuild or replace the turbo down the road-unless you never dip into it, in which case it could last the life of the car. Folks who use their turbos a lot get lousy mileage and repair bills.

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