Cadillac officially released images of its stretched ATS Sedan — the ATS-L, and surprisingly it’s not the car’s additional length that caught our attention. Yep, the ATS-L continues to wear the brand’s “old” wreath and crest badge, despite sporting the front fascia of the facelifted 2015 ATS sedan and coupe. Your guess is as good as ours as to why the brand made the decision to continue using the wreath. Perhaps things are getting lost in translation.
Besides the unexpected appearance of the brand’s former logo, the big news about the ATS-L is that it’s, well, longer. In fact, the car has been stretched by over three inches, with all that extra space being added to those sitting in the back seat. Long wheelbase luxury cars of all sizes are a hot-ticket item in China, where many car owners rely on chauffeurs to be driven around. As such, the ATS-L will compete with long wheelbase compact luxury sedans from BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo.
Set to launch on August 15, the ATS-L will be available with two versions of GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder LTG or 3.6-liter V6 LFX engines. Both will be mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing will reportedly start at 270.000 yuan, or approximately $43,000.