Next year, it seems, will be all about efficiency for Cadillac. The marque known for its focus on luxury and design is making its MY2016 cars more fuel efficient and environment friendly, without compromising on the driving experience.
It plans to achieve the above by making use of new technologies such as engine start/stop (AutoStop), cylinder deactivation (Active fuel management) and its new 8-speed transmission. A new 3.6-liter V6 engine will be available in the 2016 ATS and CTS sedans. The new gasoline engine features cylinder deactivation technology, which converts it from a six- to a four-cylinder unit under light-load conditions.
This cylinder deactivation technology or Active Fuel Management in Cadillac’s terminology, will also be seen in the V8 engines of the Escalade SUV and the CTS-V performance flagship sedan. Out of the total eight cylinders in these vehicles, only four will work under everyday driving conditions.
The AutoStop or engine start/stop function strives to cut down emissions by automatically shutting down the engine when the car is stationary. The engine is cranked again when the driver takes his foot off the brake pedal. But unlike similar other systems, which draw power from the battery to restart the engine, Cadillac’s AutoStop brings the engine back to life by employing a voltage stabilization system that is powered by ultra-capacitors. The company claims that this method reduces strain on the existing electrical systems while simultaneously providing smoother and quicker restarts.
The new 8-speed transmission has been developed to work in a seamless manner with cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology. Cadillac claims that this has resulted in a 6% drop in CO2 emissions on 2016 CTS and ATS.