2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS Get Engine, Transmission Upgrades

2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS Get Engine, Transmission Upgrades

The 2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS are getting upgrades that will help make them more efficient.

The American automaker’s two popular models will both get cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology, along with widespread use of an eight-speed transmission for the 2016 model year, all upgrades that are expected to increase fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 6 percent.

Stop/start will be available on both the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder and the 3.6L V6. Instead of using the battery for stop/start, the system uses a “voltage stabilization system powered by ultracapacitors to re-start the engine,” which Cadillac says makes the re-starts smoother and quicker.

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With cylinder deactivation, the V6 has the ability to temporarily shift to four-cylinder mode under light loads and normal driving situations.

Although the same 3.6L V6 will be used, the engine gets tweaked to offer a slight power increase of 12 horsepower and 7 pound-feet over the previous model, for a total of 333 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque.

Final fuel economy numbers have not yet been announced, but Cadillac estimates a 9 percent improvement over the current figures.

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