Feature Flick: Designer Walkaround with the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

One of the best-looking production cars to make an appearance at the 2014 Detroit auto show was the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe. Our editor-in-chief Jean Jennings and the team from JeanKnowsCars.com spoke with Cadillac exterior design director Bob Boniface, who explained some of the key design features on this latest sports coupe from Cadillac.

One of the most prominent changes to the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe compared to the ATS sedan is its new front end, which features a totally redesigned grille. The two cars share only headlamps and a hood, giving the ATS coupe a distinctive, well-proportioned look that is lower, wider, and more athletically planted. Also included in the new face is Cadillac’s new shield badge, which ditches the classic wreath for a cleaner, more Art Deco-like minimalism. Boniface explains how Cadillac’s designers worked hard to make the ATS coupe look and feel like more of a driver’s car, starting with the car’s lower roofline and 2-inch wider rear end. The pronounced, sleek lines and rich metallic blue paint help create what the 10-year design veteran calls “liquid reflections.” Jennings agrees, remarking on the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe’s clean looks, particularly from the rear.

The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe will be available, as shown, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 272 hp, as well as Cadillac’s 321-hp 3.6-liter V-6. Both versions of the ATS coupe can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, whereas the manual transmission is not available with the V-6 in the ATS sedan.

Jennings tries to squeeze some information out of Boniface about the future of the elegant Cadillac Elmiraj concept, although he laughingly holds firm and insists that it is at this point just a concept car.

“You’re doing good work,” Jennings tells him. “God’s work, I would say!”

If you missed the chance to see it in person at this year’s Detroit auto show, be sure to check out the video below, or wait for the 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe to hit showrooms this summer.

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