UPDATE: Shanghai GM has issued an official press release on the ATS-L, which we've included below, and which mentions only the turbo four as the sole engine on offer. The text has been updated accordingly.

In the market for a new Cadillac, but need more space than an ATS can afford? Then you'll want to look at the larger CTS. Unless you live in China, where buyers – often chauffeured instead of driving themselves – seem to prefer a long-wheelbase version of a smaller sedan than upgrading to a larger one. For those buyers, Cadillac has released the new ATS-L.

Based on the existing ATS sports sedan, the ATS-L offers an extra 3.3 inches of rear legroom over the model we get here. As a result, the ATS-L stretches its wheelbase to 112.5 inches and its overall length to 186 inches, while riding a quarter-inch lower than the standard-wheelbase model, which itself was recently updated. That places its length in between the regular ATS and the CTS available Stateside.

Otherwise it's essentially the same sedan, but whereas the standard ATS sedan offers three engine choices (ranging from a 2.0-liter four to a 3.6-liter V6), the ATS-L is apparently being offered only with the 2.0-liter turbo four, propelling the long-wheelbase sedan to 62 in 6.2 seconds. Other features include Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, high-performance run-flat tires and - despite the longer wheelbase - perfect 50/50 weight balance front to rear.

Of course this model, produced locally for the Chinese market, isn't likely to make the transpacific voyage to US showrooms, so American buyers will still have to choose between the standard ATS, the larger CTS or the even larger XTS.
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Shanghai GM to Launch Cadillac ATS-L on August 15
Offers additional legroom and headroom for passengers in back
2014-07-30

SHANGHAI – Shanghai GM has announced that it will launch the Cadillac ATS-L luxury sport sedan on August 15.

The newest member of the Cadillac family is based on the ATS, which went on sale in China at the end of last year. Its wheelbase has been extended 85 mm to provide additional legroom and headroom for passengers riding in the back seat.

The ATS-L retains the sportiness, perfectly balanced proportions and performance of the ATS to suit the preferences of younger, successful customers. It incorporates a redesigned front fascia that contributes to its stylish and sporty aura. In addition, ergonomic enhancements have been made to the rear seats to further improve comfort.

Powering the ATS-L is a 2.0L SIDI turbocharged engine, which was named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines in 2013. The ATS-L generates segment-leading power of 205 kW and peak torque of 400 Nm. The result is 0-100 km/h acceleration of only 6.2 seconds.

Like the ATS, the ATS-L offers a nimble and thrilling ride. It retains a 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution; a high-strength, lightweight architecture; Brembo brakes; a Magnetic Ride Control suspension; and high-performance run-flat tires.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.


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      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago
      Speaking as a person who is never chauffeured and isn't overly concerned with backseat legroom, this ought to be the standard wheelbase ATS. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Also, that grille (complete with the Wreath & Crest) ought to be the standard grille for all ATS's worldwide. Why are they saddling the North American car with such a generic, down-market grille refresh anyway? Makes no sense.
      CruzControl
      • 4 Months Ago
      Damn why can't we get the stretched versions?!
      GFB
      • 4 Months Ago
      Forget about benchmarking the 3-series, this should be the U.S. standard ATS. The CTS stretched for China (there will be one) should also be the standard here in the U.S.
      herrstreet
      • 4 Months Ago
      They are fools not to make this the main model here. I like the styling and apart from the motors, which seem a generation behind the competition, I understand this is a very very nice car to drive. The problem is that it has less room inside than just about any 4 door I can think of. A couple inches of wheelbase would make it at least viable for young professionals who might want to carry a young child or a car seat.
        ERICS
        • 4 Months Ago
        @herrstreet
        I agree. I like the ATS but the backseat is just tiny. It could use a small stretch. It wouldn't compete too much with the CTS because that car is 195 inches long vs 186 for this car. When you compare the BMW 3 series to the ATS, it's hard to justify the ATS if you plan on using the backseat at all. The trunk is also smallest in the class and they would do well to increase that as well. Can anyone here comment on using the ATS to carry kids? Mine are both 3 and fit great in my GTI. I'd like to get an ATS except I fear that it's just too small.
          Mike Bothwell
          • 4 Months Ago
          @ERICS
          I've had my ATS for about 16 months now. While I don't have children, I have adult friends that ride in the back fairly often. While It's nowhere near as big as my '14 Passat back there-it's certainly fine for two grown-ups. I genuinely believe it has more usable space back there than my '08(prev gen) IS350 did. Overall, it's not a car for long trips with 5 people--but is fine. The best part is the drive. I absolutely love driving this car.
      Hampton
      • 4 Months Ago
      While on the subject of stretched sedans may I add that Mercedes should consider bringing the E250 L (stretched E Class)Bluetec Diesel to the USA for the limo trades. Ever since that segment was vacated by Lincoln's Town Car it seems like there is a void to be filled by high milage durable luxury marque
      Jesus!
      • 4 Months Ago
      I feel the same as many. Back seat is too small. This needs to be an option here, now.
      Iamazing
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looks great!
      11fiveoh
      • 4 Months Ago
      Sooo.. a cts.
      Tariff The Imports
      • 4 Months Ago
      Still ugly
      tenspeeder
      • 4 Months Ago
      this could fit well in the US lineup with the ATS starting at $33k and the CTS starting at $45k there is a lot of room in-between. Plus for those of us who just do not like the overstyled CTS design, it would be a great fit.
      Dean Sandler
      • 4 Months Ago
      Has no one noticed how bawdy the ad is (in the pic gallery) with the tagline "I'm Coming with Length" and the hand gesture? Gotta love the Chinese!!!
      nlt624@aol.com
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'd buy it!
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