It's a Cadillac which looks and feels right at home powering through the Swiss Alps. The 2019 Cadillac ATS line represents a narrowing of the model offerings as the company removes the sedan and focuses on the ATS and ATS-V coupe in what is apparently the last production year. The ATS-V offers sub-4.0 second acceleration to 60 mph, and both models provide sportier handling and firmer, more supportive driver and passenger seating crossing from Cadillac comfort into track-oriented amenities.
What does discontinuation of the sedan and next year ATS and ATS-V models mean? Is Cadillac continuing in the performance direction?
Cadillac will continue its line of V-series performance models with the CT6-V and other as-yet-unnamed products in the years to come. The V-series line is recognized as a source of competitive performance and even top-selling vehicles which position Cadillac favorably against European brands.
What are the 2019 Cadillac ATS exterior styling changes like?
The 2019 Cadillac ATS and ATS-V carry forward the refined style advantage of the 2018 model over similar cars from other brands, and the ATS-V, which has a more muscular look to start with, will now include the formerly optional Carbon Fiber Package with a front splitter, hood extractor and rear diffuser, black rocker extensions and an aggressive rear spoiler.
How is the interior of the 2019 Cadillac ATS appointed? What kinds of options are there?
The base model starts with synthetic leather, but options exist to add high-end leather, carbon fiber accents, and real wood details, comparing well with competitors' interiors. Regarding the back seat, however, reviewers have been unforgiving. It's tight, compact, and uncomfortable by all accounts.
What kinds of powertrains are available for the coupe ATS and ATS-V?
The 2019 engine offerings are a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 272 hp and a 3.6-liter V-6 with 335 hp. An 8-speed automatic comes with either one, but buyers can match the turbo with a 6-speed manual for driving enjoyment on challenging roads as well as around town. For the ATS-V a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 provides the well-noted performance, coupled with the 6-speed manual transmission as standard. This engine provides 464 hp, 445 lb-ft of torque for an exhilarating driving experience.
What kinds of handling packages are available for the Cadillac ATS Coupe 2019 model?
All ATS models handle well and corner easily. Tire upgrades and the magnetic damper system refine the handling further and more than a bit of borrowing from the Corvette line in the core suspension technologies helps as well. The ATS-V includes an upgraded steering system commensurate with the horsepower it makes available. All ATS models have Brembo brakes and ATS-V handling amenities also include Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires and an electronic limited-slip differential. A performance data recorder can be added for drivers who really want to see the numbers which show what the car can do.
What driver assist and active safety features are available? Are they standard?
It's only at the Premium and Premium Performance trim that advanced safety tech becomes a standard feature. They are optional for the Luxury level and not available on the base models. These technologies include forward collision warning, auto high-beams, lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alerts, but lack automatic emergency braking.
What is the tech like? How are the infotainment system and audio? Are there digital driver displays in the instrument cluster or head up position?
With plenty of features accessible from an 8.0-inch touchscreen, even the base ATS doesn't miss out on this item. Haptic feedback provides instant confidence when selecting options and the unit is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The Premium Performance level includes a color head-up display and an advanced security system. Keyless ignition, wireless device charging, and 4G LTE Hotspot capability are standard at all levels.
What are some of the other high-end features available in the ATS and ATS-V?
At the Premium Luxury and Premium Performance levels there are amenities such as paddle shifters, a power sunroof and illuminated outside door handles. Along with more powerful external styling, the ATS-V has structural improvements and bracing which enhance the high-performance driving experience.