Cadillac is set to launch its lineup of 2016 vehicles, and with them comes some new technology that will help the ATS and CTS deliver better fuel economy. I am not just talking a fraction of a mpg either; instead, Cadillac will significantly bump the thriftiness of these luxury rigs.
The engine that gets the fewest tweaks for 2016 is the 2.0-liter engine, which gets a small bump in horsepower and torque, in the ATS and CTS. This engine sees the introduction of a new start/stop system and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The two pair up to increase the ATS’ fuel economy by 1 mpg across the board to 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
On the CTS side of these changes, the 2.0-liter engine also gains the new eight-speed transmission, which pairs with the new start/stop system to increase city and highway fuel economy by 1 mpg, putting them at 20 mpg and 30 mpg, respectively.
The standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which is new and more powerful for 2016, receives EPA ratings of 20 mpg city and 30 mpg, which is a decent leap from the 18 mpg city and 29 mpg highway of the old 3.6-liter V-6. 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. As for the Vsport model and its turbocharged 3.6-liter engine, it sees a mild bump form 18 mpg to 19 mpg combined.
On top of being more fuel efficient, this new technology reduces the emissions of the 2016 ATS and CTS by up to six percent.
This new start/stop system is unlike ones before it. Instead of using the battery to turn the starter, Cadillac’s system uses a voltage stabilization system with ultracapacitors to fire the engine back up. According to Caddy, this system operates more smoothly and reduces the strain on the battery. The only thing I wonder is how much this system will cost when it goes bad…