When Cadillac took the wraps off the 2015 ATS Coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, the moment ushered in a number of firsts.
The all-new ATS model is the luxury automaker’s first compact luxury coupe, the first Cadillac to wear the new Cadillac logo, and the first of the 2015 Cadillacs to offer 4G LTE connection with WiFi hotspot.
Cadillac also has high hopes for sales of its new luxury coupe against main competitors like thecoupe, the BMW 4-Series, and the all-new Lexus RC coupe. Other competition includes the and the Infiniti Q60.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe goes on sale this summer and will offer a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, two engines, and what Cadillac calls a “distinctive American alternative” to the BMW 428i and other rivals.
Here’s what we know about the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe:
Clean lines are the basis of the two-door version of the ATS. While the wheelbase is the same, the doors, roof, rear fenders and trunk lid are different. The ATS Coupe also has a wider track and shorter overhangs.
Optional LED headlights and illuminated door handles add to the crisp styling.
Buyers will have two engines to choose from, the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, or the naturally-aspirated 321 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 275 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac claims the 2.0-liter has a power and weight advantage over the BMW 428i and achieves 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
With optional FE3 sport suspension with magnetic ride control and mechanical limited slip differential, the ATS Coupe should provide quite spirited driving. Automobile Magazine says that “a few mechanical tweaks make the coupe version even sportier and more involving.”
Electric power steering in both coupe and sedan has been reprogrammed for a heavier feel.
Initially, only 18-inch wheels are available, and Brembo brakes are an option. Curb weight comes in at 3,418 pounds and the ATS Coupe’s weight distribution is a near-ideal 51:49 front-to-rear.
Other options available for performance-minded buyers include adaptive sport suspension, better engine cooling and summer tires.
New Technology Features
Styling on the inside is similar to that found in the ATS sedan but the coupe gets a few new standard or available technologies that will roll out across the rest of the Cadillac lineup during the 2015 model year. These include integrated “connected by OnStar” 4G LTE connectivity with WiFi hotspot that can connect up to seven devices; CUE interface with Siri Eyes Free, and a 12-speaker Bose stereo.
There’s also an upgraded version of the standard Bose system that tracks both ambient and road noise and adjusts audio levels and content.
Pricing is not yet available for the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, although it is expected to come in at a starting price of just under $40,000.