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Cadillac Eyeing Other ATS Variants

It’s always fun to hear the news that flows from a major auto show…

This time, following the unveiling of the ATS Coupe, Cadillac executives have revealed that GM is looking into several other body styles for their hit ATS.

2015 Cadillac ATS CoupeIn addition to the ATS-V, Cadillac is working on the business plans to support both a convertible (apparently already designed and engineered and simply awaiting the go-ahead to hit production) and a sport wagon.

The convertible seems to be a lock for production, but the wagon is a tougher sell (literally, as the segment is approximately 11,000-strong combined in the North American market – making an ATS wagon a definite tiny seller).

More likely is an ATS-based small crossover that we’ve heard rumored for some time now that would slot below the SRX.

Hmmm, an ATS-V sport wagon sounds awfully tasty, though.

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Cadillac Aiming for Double-Digit Growth in 2014

2014 Cadillac ELRCadillac has officially told their dealers that they expect a 10+% growth in volume in 2014.

This is expected on the back of at least three new products, the ELR and ATS coupes as well as the new Escalade SUV.

Helping that goal is the fact that well over half (550 of 900) of Cadillac dealers have chosen to invest in the equipment and training to sell and service the new ELR range-extended electric. ELR started shipping to dealers earlier this month.

Additionally Cadillac has begun to offer $699/month lease deals on the $75995 ELR, which should help move a few into buyers’ hands.

Escalades are expected to hit showrooms in April and the ATS coupe will arrive this summer.

ATS to get both V-Series and V+ Models

File this under “doesn’t pass the sniff test” but we are passing it along all the same.

2015 ATS-V Coupe - courtesy Autoblog.comMotorTrend.com is reporting that Cadillac plans not only the twin-turbo V-6 V-Series model, but will also release a year or two later a forced-induction V-8 model with over 600hp.

This would see Cadillac looking to not only out-gun the M3/M4 but to also go hunting the Mercedes C-Class Black-series as well.

This does fit within the reports that the ATS was designed to house 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines. However, it is iffy that Cadillac would decide to go hunting in the ultra-low production space of the Black-series (which is over 100hp higher in output than the M3-fighting Mercedes C63 AMG) while they still have other, more profitable niches to go after (think a sub-SRX cross-over, a larger-than-SRX crossover, as well as the flagship Omega-based sedan and coupe). But, recent moves to charge premium prices for products such as the ELR may suggest a new direction for Cadillac that means halo products are on the roadmap.

Personally, I’d love to see an ATS with a 600hp V-8, especially given how fun it was in its 3.6l form.

Source: Motor Trend

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

20140113-231020.jpgToday, Cadillac debuted the coupe version of the ATS as well as their new ‘wreath-less’ logo.

Featuring the same wheelbase as the sedan but a wider track, the coupe has unique stampings for roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid. 18″ wheels are standard as is the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder (bye bye 2.5, at least for the coupe).20140113-231427.jpg

The manual transmission is still available with the 2.0 as in the sedan. The 3.6/auto combination is available as an upgrade as is an all-wheel drive option with both engines (though the manual is not available with the AWD system again).

2015 introduces updates to CUE (Apple’s Eyes-Free access to Siri as well as 4G LTE data connection from OnStar) as well as a torque bump to 295 lb*ft from the 2.0 (an almost 14% increase).

While overall not as sexy as the CTS coupe, the ATS brings plenty if sophisticated coupe style to Cadillac’s little sedan.

If only they’d seen fit to properly name the car the ATC.

We look forward to the V version of this car soon.

The ATS coupe will hit showrooms this summer.

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Black Friday – As in Burning Rubber

Andy Pilgrim, of Cadillac’s racing team fame, has taken an ATS to the track for a little hooning.

Enjoy.

ATS Coupe to Bow at Detroit Auto Show in January

The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is expected to be shown publicly for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan in January.

2015 ATS-V Coupe - courtesy Autoblog.comThis will set the stage for the ATS Coupe to go on sale in summer of 2014 as a 2015 model. Expected power trains may mirror the sedan though it is possible Cadillac will throw us all a curve and offer a manual transmission with more than just the 2.0T

There are no rumors yet as to when the highly anticipated ATS-V will debut (a model we know will be offered in coupe form from the most recent spy shots).

The Detroit show’s press days start on Monday January 13, but GM has a habit of showing off their most anticipated models the day before in other venues.

More details as they become available.

Source: Edmunds.com

ATS Triple Report – 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, in V-series Trim, and Engine Rumors

Recently we fielded a question about Cadillac’s plans for an ATS Coupe.

As this recent post from Autoblog.com shows, Cadillac is actively testing a 2-door version of the ATS.

2015 ATS-V Coupe - courtesy Autoblog.comBut, if that was all these shots showed, we’d be happy. But there is more to this scoop. Check out the larger wheels and tires, check out the more aggressive bodywork. What we are, in fact, looking at here is the ATS’ brawnier sibling, the ATS-V.

But, there is even more to report… Continue Reading →

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