What Is It?
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is an all-new model. Based on the structure and mechanicals of the popular and relatively new ATS sedan, the ATS coupe provides an even sportier entry point in Cadillac's lineup. There currently is a narrow range of choices for affordable luxury coupes, making the ATS a new option for those who want a sporty, high-style luxury car and don't necessarily need four doors.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 ATS Coupe is slated to hit dealer showrooms this summer.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but the ATS coupe should fall broadly in the price range of the ATS sedan, starting in the low $30,000s, with fully optioned models settling into the mid-$40,000 range.
How Many Trim Levels Are There?
There are four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium. The Standard trim focuses on keeping price at a minimum, so you'll have to move up to have access to most of the ATS coupe's most advanced features. As with most luxury models, many popular options and technology features are grouped in packages.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
? 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder, 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque
? 3.6-liter V6, 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque
? A six-speed automatic transmission is available for both the four-cylinder and the V6; a six-speed manual can be coupled with the four-cylinder.
? Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional for either engine, but only with the automatic transmission.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Because coupes typically have large, long doors, the reach behind the shoulder to grab the seatbelt can be a stretch. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe has motorized carriers to "hand" the seatbelt to the driver and front passenger upon entry.
Cadillac's subtle and effective Driver Alert Seat signals when attention is needed to the front, rear or sides of the vehicle, while an 8-inch touchscreen handles the infotainment interface of Cadillac's signature CUE system that for the ATS coupe also includes new 4G LTE cellular connectivity and the new-for-2014 CUE Collection onboard app marketplace.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
All ATS coupes will have eight standard airbags, traction control and stability control and an automatic drying function for the brakes to help in wet and snowy weather.
More advanced safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, automatic braking to help avoid low-speed front and rear collisions and a head-up display to project information onto the windshield in front of the driver.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A5: In a class where style is important, the angular, muscular but subtle A5 may be the snazziest of the snazzy. Its interior design and craftsmanship are superb and its handling is faultless, but you have to step up to the more expensive S5 for real performance.
BMW 4 Series: BMW practically wrote the book on compact luxury coupes, and the 4 Series — which used to be called the 3 Series coupe — is no exception. A supremely well-balanced package in every way, although the interior space can seem intimate, particularly for those who have to climb into the rear seat.
Infiniti Q60 Coupe: The Q60 offers raucous performance from its standard 3.7-liter V6, but it's thirsty and there is no four-cylinder option. The Q60's interior and trunk are tight, even for a compact coupe, but it does offer good performance and style at a good value.
Should You Wait for It?
For many, coupes are all about style, so having the newest and freshest model often is important. If you're particularly moved by the Cadillac ATS coupe's styling, a few months' wait until it goes on sale this summer should be bearable. But the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe's main competitors each are still plenty fresh-looking in their own right.