2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

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When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan , a coupe and a station wagon . Now, the same recipe for success is being applied to the new ATS . Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales.

They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac finally revealed the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, and borrowed a host of features from the sedan version, except for the new body panels, the equally new Cadillac badge and the sedan’s two rear doors

The ATS Coupe is also built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and is offered with nearly the same engine lineup as the sedan: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 321 horsepower. The engines are combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.

BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.

Update 5/15/14: Cadillac has announced a starting price of $38,990, including the $995 delivery fee for the 2015 ATS Coupe.

Updated 07/25/2014: We added a new set of about 50 high res images to our ATS Coupe gallery. Check the new pictures in the ’Photos’ tab.

Update History

Updated 11/25/2013: According to a report coming from Edmunds, the ATS Coupe will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale later in the summer of 2014.

Updated 01/10/2014: The new ATS Coupe will be unveiled on Monday at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and now, spy photographer Chris Doane reports that he saw the model and that it dropped the traditional wreath logo.

Rendering vs Reality

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Our rending for the 2014 Cadillac ATS is very similar to what the final product ended up being. That being said, there were still some noticeable differences, the most obvious of which is Caddy’s decision to finally slap on its new badge on a new car model.

Notice also the lower front bumper on the actual ATS and you’ll see that the Cadillac didn’t divvy it up into three sections, opting to make it one long one with the silver grille running the entire length. The new badge aside, the front grille is also different with the actual ATS Coupe lacking the crisscross look of the previous Caddy models.

Exterior

Cadillac ATS Coupe
Cadillac ATS Coupe
Cadillac ATS Coupe

Not surprisingly, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe shares the same wheelbase as that of its sedan counterpart. Chalk that up to making the most of what it already has in-house, but we’re not complaining. On its own, the ATS ATS Coupe still looks distinctively different from the sedan, thanks to the a wider track on the coupe that allows the front fascia to be designed with an eye towards being sportier looking than what we’ve been accustomed to with Cadillac.

The overall shape is also more streamlined like a true coupe should be, compared to the more sculpted ATS Sedan. That helps in establishing a difference between the two models. Also, the roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are all unique to the Coupe, allowing the bodywork to have its own unique characteristic that’s further highlighted by a more aggressive stance, with wider front/rear tracks to exude a more provocative appearance than its four-door counterpart.

Cadillac’s new lighting setup is also prominently featured on the ATS Coupe. The base model doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the higher trim versions, but it still carries projector-beam headlamps. Move on up from the standard model and you’ll get high-intensity-discharge headlamps and front vertical LED light signatures, the latter of which coming we first saw in the Converj Concept some years back.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm)109.3 / 2,775
Length183.6 / 4,663
Height54.8 / 1,392 (roof) / 55.1 / 1,399 (with antenna)
Width72.5 / 1,841
Trackfront: 60.3 / 1,532 / rear 61.7 / 1,568
Curb weight (lb / kg)3,418 / 1,550
Weight distribution (% front / rear)51 / 49

Interior

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac didn’t release any photos of the ATS’ interior, but live footage from Detroit shows what looks like a largely interactive center console that features a 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display and an eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen that houses Caddy’s all-world CUE system, which, in turn, can be used for a host of features, including - and this is a big one for all those technologically-advanced, on-the-go mavens out there - OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition.

Meanwhile, the whole space of the cabin is well-balanced, leaving enough room for both the driver, the front passenger, and the rear passengers to sit comfortably without worrying about space constraints.

As far as style goes, the interior seats boasts of some luxury amenities, impressive considering that the ATS is being pegged as a compact luxury coupe that will have no shortage of competitors. Handcrafted cut-and-sewn upholstered interior combinations, including leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood, combine with decorative stitching and authentic materials not only enhances the emotional connection of a true Cadillac but also provides modern luxury that only a handful of American-born auto brands exude.

Interior Specifications

Legroom (in / mm)front: 42.3 / 1074 / rear: 33.5 / 850
Headroomfront: 37.6 / 954 / rear: 35.1 / 891
Shoulder roomfront: 54.1 / 1375 / rear: 51.1 / 1298
Hip roomfront: 54.1 / 1374 / rear 44.5 / 1131

Interior Features

  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition
  • Text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
  • USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
  • Reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display
  • Full-color reconfigurable head-up display.
  • A Bose ® premium audio system with Active Noise Cancelation technology is standard on all models and includes electronic sound enhancement on models equipped with the available premium surround sound audio system. -

Drivetrain

Cadillac ATS Coupe

The 2014 Cadillac ATS Coupe will be powered by two separate powertrains: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.6-liter V-6 that develops 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Performance numbers weren’t released, but we assume the former has a 0-to-60 mph time of around six seconds to go with a top speed of 140 mph, whereas the latter is quicker by a few tenths of a second with a top speed of 155 mph. Both engines are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with an optional six-speed manual. Likewise, rear-wheel drive is also standard with all-wheel drive available as an option.

Engine2.0L Turbo DI VVT3.6L V-6 DI VVT
Displacement (cu in / cc)122 / 1998217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm)3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 863.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block materialcast aluminumcast aluminum
Cylinder head materialcast aluminumcast aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timingDOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Fuel deliverydirect high-pressure fuel injectiondirect high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio9.5:111.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm)272 / 203 @ 5500 (SAE certified)321 / 239 @ 6800 (SAE certified)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm)295 / 400 @ 3000-4600 (SAE certified)275 / 373 @ 4800 (SAE certified)
Recommended fuelpremium recommended but not requiredregular unleaded or E85
Maximum engine speed (rpm)7,0007,200
Cadillac-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy)21 / 3119 / 28

Performance Features

  • Nearly perfect 50/50 weight balance and low center of gravity
  • Five-link independent rear suspension featuring lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient straight link designs
  • A multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar
  • Underbody aerodynamic shields
  • Premium, belt-driven electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
  • Brembo front brakes
  • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available all-wheel drive.
  • A driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension is available and includes Magnetic Ride Control, a mechanical limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling system and 18-inch summer-performance tires. Magnetic Ride Control is a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control. It “reads” the road and can change damping every millisecond.

Chassis & Suspension

Cadillac ATS Coupe

The Cadillac ATS Coupe rides on either a MacPherson-type front suspension with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar or a Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts. Meanwhile, the rear suspension features an independent five-link with twin-tube shock absorbers or a Magnetic Ride Control system with monotube shocks.

Configurationrear-wheel drive
Differentialopen (FE2) / mechanical limited-slip (FE3)
Front suspensionFE2: MacPherson-type with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar / FE3: Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts
Rear suspensionFE2: independent five-link with twin-tube shock absorbers / FE3: Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks
Steering typeZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable assist
Steering ratioFE2: 16.8:1 / FE3: 15.3:1
Steering turns, lock to lockFE2: 3.16 / FE3: 2.86
Turn circle (ft / m)FE2 RWD: 36.38 / 11.09 / FE2 AWD: 38.05 / 11.60 / FE3 RWD: 35.99 / 10.97
Chassis controlfour-channel StabiliTrak w/ brake assist and traction control

Safety

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Like with most of today’s newest cars, a whole lot of attention was made into fitting the ATS Coupe with a bevy of safety features. Buyers are becoming increasingly sophisticated with their safety requirements and a car like the ATS Coupe needs to be up in the front and offer safety items that buyers will appreciate.

One such feature, which also appears on the ATS Sedan, is Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy, a system that includes up to two cameras, eight ultrasonic sensors and six radar signals to help prevent crashes. In certain situations, the company’s new advanced crash-avoidance systems, which includes automatic braking, can pre-fill and automatically apply braking in potentially catastrophic situations.

There’s also Front and Rear Automatic Braking, which relies on radar, camera and ultrasonic technology to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions through a progression of alerts that extend to the car completely and independently braking by itself.

Driver Awareness Package

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist – new to Cadillac for 2015
  • Intellibeam ® high-beam control
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines.

Driver Assist Package

  • Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Collision Preparation
  • Motorized safety belts
  • Electronic Park Brake
  • Front and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Enhanced Side Blind Zone Alert – new to Cadillac for 2015
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Full-color head-up display.

Pricing

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac will launch the 2015 ATS Coupe in the Summer of 2014 at a starting price of $38,990, including the $995 delivery fee. There is no mention of pricing details for the optional equipment, but those should come later.

Pricing

Model MSRP (Incl. Delivery
ATS Coupe 2.0 RWD$38,990
ATS Coupe 2.0 AWDTBA
ATS Coupe 3.6 RWDTBA
ATS Coupe 3.6 AWDTBA

Competition

BMW 4 Series Coupe

BMW 4 Series Coupe

The ATS’ main competitor is the BMW 3 Series, so, the ATS Coupe will of course aim against models like the BMW 4 Series Coupe. Both the 4 Series Coupe and the ATS Coupe will feature a more sportier look that their sedan brothers, so they are both expected to deliver a better driving experience. Which one will do best we’ll just have to wait and see.

The 4 Series Coupe is offered with two versions: 428i and 435i. The 428i will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower, while the 435i gets a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, in-line-six engine with 300 horsepower.

Prices for the 4 Series Coupe start from $41,425.

Audi A5

Audi A5 Coupe

Another great car, but a little bit out dated at this point is the Audi A5. It features a great look its true, but lets face: who will share interest in a sports coupe that only comes with one engine option?

The A5 is offered in three different trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. All of them are offered with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The A5 is priced from $37,850.

Conclusion

Cadillac ATS Coupe

It’s high time that the America is well represented in a market segment dominated by European brands and most recently, infiltrated by Asian automakers. So the release of the Cadillac ATS Coupe signifies a return to prominence for Team USA, a flag that Cadillac is proud to carry.

There’s a lot to like about the ATS Coupe, obviously, and even more when you take into consideration the fact that it’s got enough performance credentials to take on some of Europe’s biggest models like the Audi A5 and the recently unveiled BMW 4 Series.

Caddy has plans to make the ATS Coupe a worldwide model so that’s going to be a good barometer on how it fares relative the competition. Our money is on the model doing quite well in foreign markets given the name attached to the model. And if we’re right, you might even see BMW and Audi keep a keen eye on the ATS Coupe from here on out.

LOVE IT
  • It’s got that timeless Cadillac look
  • Choice of powertrain adds more buying options for customers
  • Interior is simple yet functional
LEAVE IT
  • Is there an ATS-V in the pipeline or will the Caddy jump straight to the CTS-V Coupe?
  • Simplistic interior could be a drawback for those wanting more sophistication from their cabins

Press Release

Cadillac ATS Coupe

DETROIT – Cadillac today introduced the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, a quicker and more personal addition to the award-winning ATS product line. Designed to be lighter, more agile and more engaging than its competitors, it extends Cadillac’s product-driven growth and the brand’s tradition of dynamic luxury Coupes.

Cadillac’s first-ever compact luxury Coupe goes on sale this summer, offering drivers the choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the power from a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6L six-cylinder. In all combinations, ATS Coupe takes advantage of its lightweight and strong structure to deliver exhilarating performance with efficiency, with a segment-leading power-to-weight ratio.

“The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is a natural step in the brand’s progression, and another fun-to-drive and technologically advanced product for a new generation of drivers extending our target groups,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac. “It is an exclusively distinctive American alternative, unique in its class, yet delivering a sporty and sophisticated driving experience rivaling the world’s best.”

Like the sedan, the ATS Coupe’s driving dynamics are rooted in mass efficiency, which helps make it one of Cadillac’s lightest and most agile models ever – and the lightest car in the compact luxury Coupe segment. The 2.0L Turbo engine is upgraded from the current ATS sport sedan to deliver nearly 14 percent more torque, taking it to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). This gives the standard ATS Coupe an advantage in power and weight over similarly equipped Coupes such as the BMW 428i.

Greater torque means greater pulling power, for a greater feeling of responsiveness at low speeds, and helps the ATS Coupe achieve an estimated 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.

“More power with less weight is always a better combination for performance, and the ATS Coupe offers one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the segment, making it feel lighter, more direct and responsive,” said David Leone, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “Engineers vetted the ATS’s performance on the track, and the Coupe benefits from that exhaustive validation – all matched with Cadillac’s trademark refinement.”

Elements that contribute to the ATS Coupe’s balanced performance and responsive characteristics include:

  • Nearly perfect 50/50 weight balance and low center of gravity
  • Five-link independent rear suspension featuring lightweight, high-strength steel and efficient -* straight link designs
  • A multi-link double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension with direct-acting stabilizer bar
  • Underbody aerodynamic shields
  • Premium, belt-driven electric variable-effort steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
  • Brembo front brakes
  • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available all-wheel drive.

A driver-adjustable FE3 sport suspension is available and includes Magnetic Ride Control, a mechanical limited-slip differential, high-capacity engine cooling system and 18-inch summer-performance tires. Magnetic Ride Control is a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control. It “reads” the road and can change damping every millisecond.

Design details

Cadillac ATS Coupe

The 2015 ATS Coupe rides on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase as the sedan, but features its own bodywork. The roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to the Coupe, along with a specific front fascia and front fenders that accommodate a wider track than the sedan. It is also the first production model to wear Cadillac’s revised crest.

The Coupe also has an aggressive stance, with wider front/rear tracks than the sedan, enhanced by short overhangs and sheet metal that wrap tautly around the tires. Standard 18-inch wheels are exclusive to the Coupe.
Bold lighting elements are a Cadillac signature feature and the ATS Coupe advances that tradition with available light-emitting diode, or LED, headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting. Base models feature projector-beam headlamps, while high-intensity-discharge headlamps and front vertical LED light signatures are included on all but the standard model. Illuminating outside door handles on Performance and Premium collections lend technologically advanced style and function to the distinctive Coupe. All models feature LED taillamps and rear-center stop lamp.

The ATS Coupe also includes capless fueling.

Inside, the sedan’s driver-focused cabin carries over to the Coupe, featuring handcrafted cut-and-sewn upholstered interior combinations, decorative stitching and authentic materials, including leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood, intended to enhance the emotional connection to the driving experience.

Choices of many interior color themes, each with unique accent trim materials, ranging from light, open and warm to dark and serious, to bold technical and sporty.

Available interior features include:

  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity with natural voice recognition
  • Text-to-voice that converts incoming text messages to speech and reads them over the audio system speakers
  • USB, auxiliary and SD memory card ports
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription
  • Reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display
  • Full-color reconfigurable head-up display.

A Bose ® premium audio system with Active Noise Cancelation technology is standard on all models and includes electronic sound enhancement on models equipped with the available premium surround sound audio system. Exclusive to ATS Coupe and differing from other manufacturers’ systems that pipe recorded engine sounds through the audio system; Cadillac’s system enhances only the car’s authentic powertrain sounds to enhance the performance experience.

The 12-speaker surround sound upgrade is available on Standard and Luxury, and it is included with Performance and Premium collections. It includes Bose Audio Pilot, which continuously monitors ambient sounds and adjusts the music volume and program content to make the most of the listening experience.

Additionally, a navigation system is available on Luxury and Performance collections, and it is standard with the Premium Collection.

Enhanced Cadillac CUE leads technologies

Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the ATS Coupe’s comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles. It is available on base models and standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium collections, with enhanced connectivity and convenience for 2015, including a new Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) and Sire Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity – and helps keep the driver’s hands on the wheel.

The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant liquid crystal display, or LCD, screen resembles a smartphone screen with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands.

Complementing CUE is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, featuring a new built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to seven devices at once. The new 4G LTE connection can also be used to power CUE Collection, a new in-car app marketplace coming to Cadillac vehicles this year.

Additional technologies that make life with the ATS Coupe more convenient include the capability to remotely start the engine or lower the windows with the key fob or the owner’s smartphone. EZ Key passive entry and push-button starting is standard, too, so the key never needs to leave the driver’s pocket or purse.
Power-dense powertrains

The engine lineup includes a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and available 3.6L V-6. The award-winning 2.0L Turbo is rated at 272 horsepower (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). The award-winning 3.6L V-6 is rated at 321 horsepower (239 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).

At 136hp/L, the 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, topping engines from European competitors. It also delivers 90 percent of its peak torque from 2100 rpm to 5400 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3000 to 4600 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is designed to give the lightweight ATS Coupe an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.

Both engines feature direct injection and dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, which help optimize power and efficiency, as well as reduce emissions. And each is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L45 six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control. A six-speed manual is also available with the 2.0L Turbo.
Advanced safety features

ATS Coupe delivers the same safety technologies found in the ATS Sedan. Additionally, Cadillac provides available advanced safety based on Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy, which employs up to two cameras, eight ultrasonic sensors and six radar signals to help prevent crashes.

The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and can even help the driver avert potential crashes. In certain situations, Cadillac’s advanced crash-avoidance systems, such as automatic braking, can pre-fill and automatically apply braking in response to potential hazards.

Among the most sophisticated of the features is Front and Rear Automatic Braking. It relies on radar, camera and ultrasonic technology to help the driver prevent front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary.

Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages. The Driver Awareness package is available on Luxury and included in Performance and Premium Collections. It includes:

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist – new to Cadillac for 2015
  • Intellibeam ® high-beam control
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines.

The Driver Assist package is available on Performance and Premium collections and includes all of the Driver Awareness package content, plus:

  • Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Collision Preparation
  • Motorized safety belts
  • Electronic Park Brake
  • Front and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Enhanced Side Blind Zone Alert – new to Cadillac for 2015
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Full-color head-up display.

The advanced technologies complement other ATS safety features, including eight standard air bags, safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented rotor coating protection and auto-dry functionality.


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