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Cadillac Expands ATS Lineup with Longer, Lower, Wider 2015 ATS Coupe

By: Jeff Youngs, 5/21/2014
Cadillac has announced additional details for the new coupe version of its ATS small luxury car. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe will feature several subtle but important changes that will differentiate it from the ATS Sedan, giving the compact luxury car a distinctive identity, according to GM. The 2015 ATS Coupe will ride on the same 109.3-in. wheelbase as the sedan, but will be longer, lower, and slightly wider, and will feature distinctive bodywork.

The track--60.3 in. front and 61.7 in. rear--is 0.8 in. wider than the sedan; overall vehicle height is 1.1 in. lower; overall length is increased by 0.8 in. compared with the sedan. This, GM suggests, imparts a more "swept back" look, giving the Coupe a sportier, more aggressive appearance than the Sedan. The roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid will differ from the Sedan, and the front fascia and front fenders will accommodate the wider track and the standard 18-in. wheels.

"All of the surface development unique to the ATS Coupe was done with aerodynamics in mind," said David Masch, ATS chief engineer. "We are able to achieve lift and downforce requirements to insure, at top speed, we retain handling without having to add a rear spoiler."

"The wider track also helps improve steering precision and direct response," said Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer David Leone. "The lower roof contributes to a lower center of gravity height, which also reduces roll and improves steering response."

GM is positioning the Cadillac ATS Coupe as a lighter, more agile alternative to its competitors. It will be available this summer in a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine. Starting price is $38,990, including a $995 destination charge.

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