The Cadillac ATS Coupe is living on borrowed time, but it appears the company is already working on a new coupe.
Revealed in a design patent, the mysterious model is a stylish coupe which features a front fascia that mimics the Escala concept. Despite the styling similarities, the coupe features larger air intakes and wider headlights.
Moving further back, there’s a long hood which meets a rakish windscreen. The car also has curvaceous bodywork and a Camaro-esque greenhouse.
The distinctive design continues at the rear, where there’s a prominent spoiler and slender taillights. Designers also installed a rear diffuser and what appears to be a center-mounted, four-tailpipe exhaust system that hides behind a trapezoidal housing.
Little is known about this model right now, but it’s likely a concept as it seems to feature video camera side mirrors. There’s no word on when the model will debut, but Cadillac has a history of introducing concepts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Besides the Escala, the company has used the event to introduce the Ciel and Elmiraj as well. There’s no guarantee the coupe will debut at this year’s event which takes place on August 26th.
Regardless of when and where the concepts debuts, it could hint at a production model. Last November, General Motors revealed its modular platform for electric vehicles would be used on 11 different models, including a “Lux Low-Roof” car that appeared to be a coupe. This naturally sparked speculation about an ELR successor, but the company hasn’t said much about the model since then.
It’s also worth noting that the patent images appear similar to a coupe which was teased in October. The model was pictured underneath a sheet and is slated to have an electric powertrain. Since the coupe in the patent images appears to have an exhaust system, it’s possible the concept will use a conventional powertrain, while the production model could be offered solely as an EV or with an ICE as well.
H/T to Cadillac Society