Last Friday, August 15th, 2014, GM Shanghai launched the 2015 Cadillac ATS-L in China — finally giving itself a player in the country’s popular stretched compact luxury car segment. The stretched compact sport-luxury sedan retains the sportiness, balanced proportions, and world-class performance of the ATS (which is also sold in China) with additional room, more convenience, and safety features for passengers in the rear seat. It is priced between RMB 288,800 and RMB 448,800, or approximately $47,000 and $80,000 (based on current exchange rates).
“The ATS-L will strengthen Cadillac’s position in China’s mainstream luxury car market,” said Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing. “With its dynamic and fashionable styling, our newest Cadillac model will especially appeal to younger customers.”
Based on the 2015 Cadillac ATS Sedan already sold in global markets, the ATS-L was developed with a focus on enhanced luxury and comfort along with uncompromising driving dynamics. It features a wheelbase that is 85 mm (3.34 inches) longer than its non-L brother, maximizing legroom and headroom for passengers riding in the back seat. This gives second-row passengers an additional 27 mm (1 inch) of headroom and 73 mm (2.87 inches) of legroom.
The vehicle also delivers several ergonomic enhancements to its the rear seats, with nine major storage compartments, including additional compartments on the rear doors, a redesigned central armrest console in the rear seat, as well as a cup holder with a removable cover.
And just like its non-L sibling, the ATS-L delivers a nimble and balanced ride thanks to its 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution made possible by a high-strength and lightweight architecture, Brembo Brakes, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and high-performance run-flat tires. It is available with a choice of two high-performance turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four engines that generate segment-leading power. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel enable the driver to select manual, comfortable, sporty or anti-skid driving modes.
Interestingly, the ATS-L does not utilize Cadillac’s revised Crest logo, instead launching with the outgoing Wreath and Crest emblem.