2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Preview
New for 2015: Cadillac
- Turbocharged 4-cylinder or V-6 engine
- Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
- New OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi
- New text-to-voice conversion
- New Siri Eyes Free technology
- New CUE Collection mobile app store
- New lane-keep assist system
- New enhanced side blind-zone alert system
- On sale in the summer of 2014
For the past decade, the Cadillac CTS has been the focal point of the Cadillac brand in terms of sales and visibility. That's changing, with the Cadillac ATS poised to become the most popular car the company sells. At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Cadillac unveiled the new 2015 ATS Coupe, and based on comments by Bob Ferguson, who runs Cadillac's global operations, the new 2-door is just the start, telling Automotive News that a convertible and a station wagon are under consideration, in addition to a high-performance V-Series variant.
Consider, then, the new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe as the start of an expansion of the lineup. In summarizing the new ATS Coupe, Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac, said, "It is an exclusively distinctive American alternative, unique in its class, yet delivering a sporty and sophisticated driving experience rivaling the world's best."
The 2015 ATS Coupe looks like the ATS Sedan, but the devil is, as they say, in the details. The coupe has a wider front and rear track, standard 18-inch wheels, and unique design from the windshield back. The front fenders are modified to accommodate the wider track, and the front fascia is also revised in comparison with the ATS Sedan.
Cadillac says the new 2015 ATS Coupe is the lightest car in its segment, with a 51:49 front-to-rear weight distribution. The first production Cadillac to wear the brand's new wreath-less crest on its grille, the ATS Coupe can be optioned with vertical LED running lights and LED headlights with adaptive forward lighting, as well as illuminating door handles.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is equipped with the same dashboard as the ATS Sedan, one that can be trimmed with leather, aluminum, wood, or carbon fiber. If you're planning to carry lots of cargo, consider this first: the ATS Coupe features a small 10.4 cu.-ft. trunk.
When the ATS Coupe goes on sale, it will be offered in Standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium collection trim levels, and to obtain most of the car's appealing features, it's necessary to upgrade to Luxury trim at a minimum. Cadillac's EZ Key passive entry and push-button starting system is, however, standard on all trim levels.
Choose the ATS Coupe in Luxury trim and the car is fitted with a Cadillac User Experience (CUE) touch-screen infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen that covers a hidden, locking storage compartment. Highlights include natural-voice-recognition technology, a new text-to-voice conversion feature that reads incoming text messages over the stereo speakers, new OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, new Siri Eyes Free mode, and access to the new CUE Collection of mobile applications.
In addition to CUE, the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is available with a navigation system, premium surround-sound audio system, reconfigurable gauge cluster and head-up display, and what the company characterizes as "handcrafted, cut-and-sewn" leather.