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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Ditches Doors, Gains Style

Introducing Cadillac’s First Ever Compact Luxury Coupe

 |  Jan 14 2014, 12:01 AM

 

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Debuting to the public for the first today in Detroit, Cadillac claims the new ATS Coupe will be one of the lightest and therefore sportiest luxury coupes in the segment, with an advantage in both power and weight over a similarly equipped BMW 428i.

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Unlike the sedan, the coupe will eschew the base 2.5 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and only be offered with two engines. Base coupes will be powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel drive models while all-wheel drive versions make due with the six-speed automatic only. Cadillac claims base model ATS Coupes will be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

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For a little more power, there is an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 321 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. However this engine is only available with the automatic and only in rear-wheel drive configurations.

Sporty Chassis

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To play the part of a sports coupe, the new ATS two-door promises a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Rear-wheel drive models can be had with the FE3 sport suspension featuring GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, a mechanical limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling system and staggered 18-inch summer-performance tires (225 width in the front, 255 width in the rear). The coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan, but has a more aggressive stance thanks to a wider front and rear track.

2015-Cadillac-ATS-Coupe-10.jpgThe exterior of the ATS Coupe features a unique roof, doors, rear fenders, trunk lid, front fascia and front fenders compared to the ATS Sedan. Base models are equipped with projector-beam headlamps, while all other versions of the ATS Coupe will feature HID headlights and Cadillac’s signature front vertical LED light strips. It is also the first production vehicle to wear Cadillac’s all-new crest.

The interior is highlighted by the available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition and text-to-voice that can read incoming text messages to the driver. Like the sedan, there is an optional reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display, head-up display and of course CUE.

Electronic Sound Enhancement

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All coupes come with a Bose premium audio system with noise cancellation technology. The optional premium surround sound audio system features electronic sound enhancement, which means the ATS will pump engine noises electronically through the speakers. However, unlike other manufacturers’ systems, Cadillac claims the sounds are authentic noises coming from the powertrain. Whether this is being recorded in real-time or not we are unsure of at this time.

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Safety is also a top priority with the new ATS Coupe and the car features new-to-Cadillac technologies like an enhanced side blind zone alert and motorized safety belts. As well, the car features front and rear automatic braking that can actually stop the car from a forward or reverse low-speed collisions if one is imminently detected.

The Cadillac ATS Coupe is expected to go on sale this summer.

GALLERY: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Live Shots

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GALLERY: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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Discuss this story on our Cadillac Forum.

  • CaddyLover

    Geez. Cadillacs used to be so gorgeous. Imposing. Luxurious. Aggressive. You used to be able to spot a Cadillac from a mile away.

    This is sooooooooo boring!

    Nothing quite like that 08 CTS and then the 11 CTS-V.

    THOSE are Caddies. Looked like Stealth bombers.

    Now the 2015 Escalade resembles a Volvo from the side, and this car looks like a Honda Civic or Accord or something.

    When will Cadillac get its edge back?

  • Dan S

    Your nuts! This is gorgeous!

  • jojonono

    I couldn’t agree more !
    I prefer the outdated CTS Coupe over this Honda Accord coupe !

  • john

    You’re*

    I own a 2013 Cadillac CTS coupe and I would never own this vehicle due to body style.

  • http://TheGuyWithTheFriendlyVoice.com Steve Webb

    Totally agree. Nothing exceptional-looking here at all. As the owner of a 2005 CTS looking to buy a new car, it’s disappointing to see the “edge” gone in the new Caddys.

  • lefttoright

    They totally were off on this design. Non-descriptive Honda/BMW/Toyota coupe look. C’mon Cadillac… I’ll keep my STS.

  • 4ArthurDent

    They are going to sell so many of these damn things, it’ll be like GM is printing money.

  • Dan S

    And a 2005 CTS still is the pinnacle of automotive technology? Wasn’t 2005 the era of cheap plastic interiors that your 05 has? lol

  • http://TheGuyWithTheFriendlyVoice.com Steve Webb

    No, Dan. If I thought that the 2005 CTS was the pinnacle of automotive technology I wouldn’t be looking for a new car, would I? I was referring to the style of the newer Caddys, which in my opinion is less than exciting.

  • cadzoom

    I own a 2013 CTS coupe and i love the design. This car looks like a NIssan to me which is a shame that Cadillac is diluting what the brand has represented in the past. Not loving this at all.

  • Dan S

    Pretty sure the Cadillac brand is after the younger generation who would normally buy a Merc. or BMW. The styling of their latest offerings proves that. They are stealing more market share from BMW and Merc then they ever had in past offerings. The day’s of cheap plastic interiors with coup deville handling are over. The brand is definitely changing and probably won’t appeal to previous buyers..

  • DAinTX

    I suggest withholding judgment until you see the actual car. I suspect it will have quite a presence from 1 lane over on the street. And in VSport or V trim, with one of Cadillac’s killer powertrains? Could be a world-beater.

  • Stephen Murphy

    CONTACT

  • http://TheGuyWithTheFriendlyVoice.com Steve Webb

    I agree with you on the assessment of who the designers are targeting. It’s unfortunate that they feel the need to use a “me too” approach in the design, however. They began increasing market share when the CTS debuted, with it’s sharp lines and excellent handling. I hate to see them retreat from the aggressive styling that was so successful.

  • Cynthia Crocker

    I have a 2013 ATS, and the car is beautiful. When I first got it, before it became more prevalent, people on the street would stop me to ask what is the make/model. Prior to this, I wouldn’t have considered a Cadillac unless it was a ’65 or ’67 convertible. In my opinion, the 4-door is better looking than this coupe.

  • Skip

    i dont agree with you at all, lol. what dang nissan looks like a cadillac, none. nissans are ugly and plain, cadillacs are in a league of their own.

  • Skip

    lmao, u sound like a fool

  • Skip

    i dont know what kind of knock offs you guys ride in, but i have never been inside a cadillac with a cheap plastic interior.

  • Skip

    am i the only one that misses “cadillac cadillac cadillac style”?

  • Dan S

    You gotta be kidding, right? Take a look at the first gen CTS! Practically the whole interior trim plastic. This wasn’t just Cadillac doing it either! Lots of American manufactures in that era were doing it. Even Top Gear’s the “hamster” made note of the cheapness of the 1st gen’s CTS interior. Thankfully today things have improved so much that I would put them past the Germans for material quality. Audi’s and bummers are plain in comparison!

  • Skip

    ok ok you may be right about the first gen cts