2015 Cadillac ATS To Feature Wireless Smartphone Charging | Edmunds

2015 Cadillac ATS To Feature Wireless Smartphone Charging


Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe will feature Powermat, wireless charging of smartphones, as standard equipment on models equipped with the CUE or Cadillac User Experience system.
  • The 2015 ATS arrives at U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • GM on Monday said wireless charging technology will be added to the 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan this fall and to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV at the end of 2014.

DETROIT — The 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe will feature Powermat, wireless charging of smartphones, as standard equipment on models equipped with the CUE or Cadillac User Experience system.

The feature eliminates the need for cords. The CUE system enables the intuitive use of smartphones and tablets.

The 2015 ATS arrives at U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Cadillac is expected to announce 2015 ATS pricing by the end of this week, according to Jennifer Ecclestone, a Cadillac spokeswoman.

For the base 2014 Cadillac ATS, adding CUE is a $1,350 option.

GM on Monday said wireless charging technology will be added to the 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan this fall and to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV at the end of 2014.

Consumers using Powermat place their phone on a rubberized pad in the ATS. The battery is recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.

"An increasing number of smartphones have wireless charging either embedded or as an option," said GM in a statement. "The wireless charger GM and Powermat created accommodates the majority of these enabled devices."

For 2015, CUE includes new enhanced content, such as a text-to-voice feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the car's speakers.

Key competitors to the ATS include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers are seeking out these high-tech convenience features, especially since the majority of people typically charge their mobile phone at least once a day.

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