Saturday, January 18, 2014

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe from Detroit Auto Show 2014

Cadillac introduced its new ATS Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , bringing customers an alternative to the growing range of sport luxury coupes typified by the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
Like the ATS sedan, the Coupe -- available in rear- and all-wheel drive -- offers both the 272-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 and the 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, except the 2.0-liter mill has been boosted to deliver 295 lb-ft of torque, 14 percent more than the sedan's 260 lb-ft. This is essentially the Cadillac's golden ticket, as the company claims the two-door ATS has an advantage in power and weight over a similarly equipped 428i. With the base ATS Coupe weighing 3418 pounds with a front-to-rear weight distribution of 51/49, the automaker estimates it can go from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. On the other side of the ring: At the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year testing, the BMW 428i rocketed from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and tipped the scales at 3529 pounds with a 50/50 weight distribution. It's shaping up to be a pretty good fight.
That hood is one of the few pieces of sheetmetal not unique to the two-door ATS, which has its own front fascia, roof, doors, fenders, and trunk. If only they looked more exciting on the car than they do in that sentence. The Cadillac design team played it safe in lopping off the ATS’s rear doors; the most shocking thing about the car is Cadillac’s new crest, without its traditional wreath. (And we’ve been exposed to that treatment since the brand debuted the Elmiraj concept in the summer.) While the coupe still retains the clean and attractive lines of the sedan, its bustle butt and twin exhaust pipes are nowhere near as dramatic as the CTS coupe’s behind.

-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
Optional Features
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.
So good on Cadillac for doubling down on what the ATS does best, while also upgrading the CUE infotainment system with features like text-to-voice and 4G LTE wireless hotspot functionality. The coupe also deploys the car’s audio system to amplify the sound of the engine, although Cadillac points out that only the “authentic” sounds will be enhanced. If it takes features like these to sell a few more ATS coupes, and thus bolster the market for these sporty variants, so be it. We’re certainly in favor of smoothing out the few uneven edges of the ATS sedan, although we might have stopped short of clipping Cadillac’s topiary