Spied! 2014 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Refreshed ATS Sedan Prowling Michigan's Streets

By Jacob Brown | July 18, 2013
We don't blame you if you're lamenting the fact that the 2014 Cadillac CTS is going to be sedan-only this time around. The station wagon variant is dead. But instead of getting rid of a coupe model completely, Cadillac is bringing it down a notch and instead making the ATS its entry-level coupe this time around. Our spy photographer caught up with the 2014 Cadillac ATS coupe and snapped a few pictures, this time with more clarity and details that look nearly production-ready, despite being covered in heavy vinyl camouflage.
The 2014 Cadillac ATS coupe ditches the radical fastback look of the outgoing CTS coupe for a more traditional, upright roof line that should help passenger space. It will likely be lighter than the ATS sedan, as it's shedding two doors. But expect the ATS coupe to retain its engine lineup--at least the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 272 horsepower and the 321-horsepower V-6. The 2014 BMW 4 Series doesn't have the less-powerful engines from the 3 Series available, and we expect the ATS coupe might follow suit to try to make sure it's not seen as the budget alternative. We have our doubts about the 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder making its way to the two-door.
Speaking of the sedan, Cadillac is already working on refreshing the ATS sedan for what we expect will be a midlife refresh. Although it was only introduced for the 2013 model year, the Cadillac ATS is the greatest hope Caddy has for establishing an international presence, and it's not going to mess around with it. The ATS sedan looks to have a smoother front end with a revised grille. The front and rear bumpers have also been redesigned, focusing on a larger front air intake and more pronounced openings for its exhaust pipes.
Cadillac is tweaking its products, paying attention and responding more quickly to complaints than it used to. When the press criticized its manual transmission feel, Cadillac reworked the ATS's shifter bushings even before most manual-equipped cars had left the factory. Soon, Cadillac will have a new ATS-V, packing upwards of 420 horsepower from what is likely to be a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6, going head to head with the upcoming BMW M3 and M4. And the 2014 Cadillac CTS is just around the corner to do battle with the BMW 5 Series. Cadillac has a lot of life left in it, and it looks to strike with some exciting cars while the iron is still hot. Expect to see the Cadillac ATS coupe and refreshed sedan late this year or early 2014.