2015 Cadillac ATS-L

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.

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