Cadillac’s ATS product line contains key refinements for 2017, including new and more streamlined trim levels that further emphasize the car’s class-leading driving dynamics. The 2017 Cadillac ATS Turbo Sedan, the fastest, most powerful turbo-4 luxury sedan in its class, becomes the entry point to the ATS Sedan and Coupe family.
Renamed for better customer clarity, the new trim levels – ATS, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance – provide richer levels of content and technology and move the Cadillac ATS in line with recently launched Cadillac entries, including the all-new Cadillac CT6 prestige sedan and all-new Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover. The configuration enhancements benefit both Sedan and Coupe models.
A Carbon Black sport package, two exterior colors and 17” wheels in two finishes are also new for 2017, complementing the bold, unmistakably Cadillac signature exterior and interior design.
The Cadillac ATS product line is Cadillac’s most compact and sporty entry, setting into motion the current era of Cadillac’s driver’s cars offering exhilarating performance. Originally introduced as a 2013 model, ATS won both the North American Car of the Year and Esquire Car of the Year awards that year. Built on a unique rear-wheel drive chassis that also underpins the larger CTS, the brand added a dynamic Coupe model in 2015, and then added the high-performance V-Series models in 2016. Key aspects of the 2017 ATS range are detailed in the sections that follow.
Cadillac ATS Turbo – the fastest, most-powerful turbo-4 compact luxury sedan and coupe in its class
The Cadillac ATS Turbo Sedan and Coupe, the new entry point to the ATS line-up, is powered by the most powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the compact luxury class. SAE-certified at 272 horsepower (203 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm), the turbocharged engine produces a broad torque band and high boost levels to give the lightweight ATS Turbo models an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand. The engine, which bests the turbo-4 offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, is standard for 2017.
Stop/Start technology, direct injection and dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing help optimize power and efficiency, as well as reduce emissions. The EPA estimates up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway for RWD models equipped with the automatic or manual transmission and 29 mpg on the highway for AWD models. Dual exhaust is standard for 2017.
A driver-focused interior with integrated technology and crafted materials complements the exterior elements and supports the Cadillac ATS’s driving experience. Standard performance equipment includes Brembo front brakes, performance-tuned ZF premium steering and choice of six-speed manual or paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmissions – a choice unavailable with many luxury competitors.
The Cadillac ATS Turbo is one of the most connected cars in the segment. Bose Premium Surround Sound audio system, Rear Vision Camera, and the enhanced Cadillac CUE infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone integration and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are standard for 2017 models. Wireless device charging, Bluetooth media browsing, text-to-voice, 3rd USB port, HD Radio, Teen Driver, and Cadillac Collection are also included.
The Cadillac ATS Turbo Sedan features 17” painted alloy wheels, while 18” forged-alloy wheels are standard on all ATS Coupes.
Cadillac ATS Turbo features:
- The most powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the class
- A lightweight and ultra-rigid architecture, complemented by a sophisticated chassis system that has been fine-tuned for agility, responsiveness and exceptional driver feedback
- ZF premium steering
- Brembo front brakes
- Choice of six-speed manual or paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmissions
- Hand-crafted cut-and-sewn interior
- Cadillac CUE infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone projection
- Teen Driver and Cadillac Collection
- OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
- BOSE Surround Sound audio system with Active Noise Cancellation and Audio Pilot sound enhancement technology
- Rear Vision Camera
- myCadillac app featuring keyless entry and remote start, if applicable
- Wireless Charging
Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury – luxury, technology and safety upgrades add to the ATS line-up
The most powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the class and other standard content and technology features of the entry Cadillac ATS Turbo are also standard with the Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury. The same driver-focused interior is anchored by new content, technology and interior and exterior appointments expected in the Luxury trim.
Standard leather seating surfaces with heated, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support show off Cadillac’s handcrafted cut-and-sew application. A heated steering wheel and programmable memory driver seat and mirror controls are at the fingertips of every Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury Coupe and Sedan customer. Other standard connectivity and convenience technologies include Front and Rear Park Assist, key fob and smart phone app Adaptive Remote Start, and the Universal Home Remote.
The Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury Sedan features 17” polished alloy wheels, while 18” forged-alloy wheels are standard on ATS Turbo Luxury coupes.
Built-in Navigation software is standard with the Cadillac CUE infotainment system for all Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury Sedans and Coupes. More accurate map loading and voice command execution, partial name recognition, redesigned navigation interfaces, single-press mute navigation voice/cancel route, expanded cities with 3D maps, route information and next maneuver simplify the experience.
A standard 110-volt outlet provides power on the go.
In addition to the features in the entry Cadillac ATS Turbo, the Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury adds:
- Leather seating surfaces with 10-way power adjust
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Auto dimming mirrors
- Heated seats and steering wheel
- Cadillac CUE infotainment with Navigation, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone integration
Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury and Cadillac ATS Premium Performance – premium luxury and performance for the aspiring driver
Those aspiring a premium 2017 Cadillac ATS can choose between two models, differentiated in purpose and personality: ATS Premium Luxury and ATS Premium Performance. Standard content from the ATS Turbo Luxury is included in ATS Premium Luxury and ATS Premium Performance Sedans and Coupes, with a more powerful 3.6L V-6 engine and luxury interior, exterior and technological appointments befitting a premium experience.
Additional race-inspired componentry and systems distinguish the Cadillac ATS Premium Performance as the ATS of choice for those aspiring incredible performance without a V-Series badge.
The premium sedans and coupes will be powered exclusively by the company’s award-winning 3.6L V-6 engine with SAE-certified output of 335 horsepower (250 kW) and 285 lb-ft of torque (386Nm). Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology improve fuel economy up to a company-estimated nine percent when compared to the previous V-6. The powerful and efficient 3.6L V-6 engine drives performance through a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission.
Cadillac ATS Premium Performance Sedans and Coupes are RWD only and feature exclusive performance technology – a limited-slip rear differential, high-capacity engine cooling and Cadillac’s famous Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) adaptive damping system. Standard on the ATS-V Sedan and Coupe, CTS V-Sport performance sedan and CTS-V super sedan, MRC “reads” the road and delivers precise body motion control to suit conditions by changing the damping every millisecond. High-capacity engine cooling regulates the powerful 3.6L V-6, and the segment-best limited slip rear differential ensures all of the powertrain’s torque is applied to the tires during hard cornering.
Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury Sedans feature 17” premium painted aluminum wheels, with 18” polished forged-aluminum wheels on Coupes. On ATS Premium Performance vehicles, summer-only performance tires are wrapped around 18” forged alloy performance wheels on Sedans and 18” machined-face forged alloy wheels on Coupes. Performance tires increase grip and stopping power for confidence-inspiring control.
For premium Cadillac ATS models, heated 14-way driver and 12-way passenger performance seats include lumbar support and power-adjustable driver bolsters to optimize lateral support during high-load cornering. The cabin features magnesium paddle shifters, alloy sport pedals and a standard sunroof. A power tilt and telescoping steering column and digital Head-Up Display come standard in the ATS Premium Performance.
Bold exterior lighting signatures lend technologically advanced style and function. The exterior High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, light-emitting diode (LED) vertical light signature elements, steering-directed Adaptive Forward Lighting, and IntelliBeam high-beam headlamps come standard on the premium trims. Standard illuminating exterior door handles light when the doors are unlocked, providing a welcome glow in low light conditions.
Premium Cadillac ATS models employ advanced safety technologies – including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors – to help prevent crashes. Standard safety features include Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Also standard is Cadillac’s Advanced Security Package featuring the remote locking fuel filler door, shielded theft-deterrent alarm system, vehicle inclination sensor, steering column lock and locking wheel lugs.
In addition to the features in the Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury, Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury includes:
- 3.6L V-6 engine featuring fuel saving technologies
- HID headlamps, Adaptive Forward Lighting, LED vertical light signatures, IntelliBeam® high-beam headlamps
- Illuminating exterior door handles
- Heated performance seats with 12-way driver/10-way passenger power adjust
- Rainsense auto wipers
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Cadillac’s exclusive Safety Alert Seat
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Magnesium paddle shifters and aluminum sport pedals
- 17” premium painted alloy wheels on Sedan, 18” polished forged wheels on Coupe
In addition to the features in the Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury, Cadillac ATS Premium Performance includes:
- Cadillac’s famous Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
- Performance suspension with limited-slip rear differential
- High-capacity engine cooling
- 18” forged alloy wheels on Sedan, 18” bright machined face forged alloy wheels on Coupe
- Performance summer-only run flat tires
- Full-color, reconfigurable Head-Up Display
- Power tilt and telescoping steering column
Technology and Connectivity – technology upgrades for an enhanced, more connected ride
Cadillac CUE – the centerpiece of the Cadillac ATS’s comprehensive collection of technologies including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto advanced smartphone integration and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot – is now standard for all 2017 ATS Sedan and Coupe models. Additional upgrades and enhancements for Cadillac CUE include new standard technologies such as the myCadillac Mobile App, Teen Driver and Cadillac Collection.
A BOSE Centerpoint® Surround Sound 12-speaker audio system with Active Noise Cancellation technology complements Cadillac CUE and is standard on all ATS sedans and coupes. The premium sound system also includes Bose Audio Pilot, which continuously monitors ambient sounds and adjusts the music volume and program content to optimize the listening experience.
The heart of Cadillac CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel. Cadillac CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. Upgrades and enhancements for Cadillac CUE in 2017 include in-vehicle apps via Collection, partial name recognition, display of Advanced Park Assist, and Wi-Fi signal strength display.
Cadillac CUE connectivity and convenience features also include Text Message Alerts for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, helping to keep phones stored and hands on the wheel. Wireless phone charging is standard.
The enhancement to the Cadillac CUE system includes the introduction of in-vehicle apps available through Cadillac Collection. Similar to iTunes and Google Play Store, customers can access Collection and personalize their in-vehicle experience the same way they do with their smartphones. Apps downloaded from Collection are fully embedded in the infotainment system, enabling a true integrated user experience. Apps are not dependent on a phone and provide a deeper integration with the car’s features and its performance.
The introduction of Collection serves as a framework that allows the vehicle and ownership experience to get better over time. Apps can be seamlessly and intuitively downloaded to the vehicle utilizing an embedded OnStar 4G LTE connection. These apps can be automatically updated as new versions become available. Apps designed to enhance the driving experience will be added or updated over time and include popular music services, weather, news, and more.
Complementing Cadillac CUE to enhance the Cadillac ATS’s connectivity is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot. OnStar 4G LTE provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is activated whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial. 4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, OnStar 4G LTE offers stronger, broader coverage than do smartphones on the same network.
At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Guidance includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation.
Cadillac owners can also opt-in to keep their vehicle connected at no cost for five years through the OnStar Basic Plan, including:
- OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more
- Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer, simplifying service scheduling
- OnStar Smart Driver, which monitors driving behaviors and offers the opportunity to save money on insurance
- AtYourService, which gives you access to a marketplace of localized money saving offers from nearby merchants
Cadillac’s 2017 model year products will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the predominant new systems for in-car phone integration. Cadillac CUE provides owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A “Projection” icon will appear on the Cadillac CUE screen to enable simpler, easier access to key smartphone functions, including navigation, contacts, hands-free text messaging and select applications supported by Apple or Google.
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features one would want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.
Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto.
Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a steering wheel button, helping drivers spend more time with their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
The all-new myCadillac Mobile App combines the services available through the former myCadillac and OnStar RemoteLink® apps to allow customers to easily manage their vehicle ownership experience. Features on the new myCadillac Mobile App include roadside assistance, parking reminders, owner manual content, and vehicle diagnostics. In addition, users will be able to remotely control vehicle features, including the OnStar Wi-Fi® hotspot, remote start/stop, and remote door lock/unlock. The app is included for free for five years and is available in the U.S. and Canada through the iTunes and Google Play Stores.
Safety and Security – comprehensive safety features that see what the driver can’t
The Cadillac ATS provides standard NHTSA 5-Star all-around and overall crash safety ratings (Sedan model tested), the highest safety ratings available. Available advanced safety technologies include active safety features to help protect occupants before, during and after a collision.
The available Safety Alert Seat, a segment-exclusive, sends pulses through the seat cushion to alert the driver to potential hazards and the direction from which they’re coming.
Among the most sophisticated of the features is front and rear automatic braking. Front and rear automatic braking relies on short-range radar technology and ultrasonic sensors to help the driver avoid front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary.
Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Safety and Security, Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages.
The Safety and Security Package is available on Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury models and includes:
- Safety Alert Seat
- Forward Collision Alert with Lane Departure Warning
- Following Distance Indicator
- Lane Keep Assist
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Change Alert
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- IntelliBeam® high-beam control
- Rainsense wipers
- Remote locking fuel filler door
- Rear thorax air bags (sedan models)
- Additional theft-deterrent content, including a shielded alarm system, tilt sensor, steering column lock and locking wheel lugs
The Driver Awareness Package is included on the Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury and Cadillac ATS Premium Performance models and features:
- Safety Alert Seat
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keep Assist
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Change Alert
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- IntelliBeam® high-beam control
- Rainsense wipers
- Rear thorax air bags (sedan models)
The Driver Assist Package is available on Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury and Cadillac ATS Premium Performance models and includes all of the Driver Awareness Package content, plus:
- Full-speed range adaptive cruise control
- Automatic safety belt tightening
- Electronic park brake
- Front and rear automatic braking
- Full-color head-up display
An Advanced Security Package standard on Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury and Cadillac ATS Premium Performance models includes the new remote locking fuel filler door, shielded theft-deterrent alarm system, vehicle inclination sensor, steering column lock and locking wheel lugs.
The advanced technologies complement the Cadillac ATS’s other safety features, including eight standard air bags (10 available on sedan with Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages), safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented rotor coating protection and auto-dry functionality. Hill Hold/Start assist is also standard on ATS with both automatic and manual transmissions; and Front and Rear Park Assist is standard on all except ATS Turbo Sedans and Coupes.
A rearview camera system with dynamic guideless is included with Cadillac CUE on all 2017 ATS models.
Engines and Transmissions – the most powerful turbo-4 in its class and more
The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the most powerful four-cylinder engine in its class and is standard on Cadillac ATS Turbo and Cadillac ATS Turbo Luxury sedans and coupes. Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury and Cadillac ATS Premium Performance sedans and coupes will be powered exclusively by the company’s award-winning 3.6L V-6 engine.
The 2.0L Turbo delivers 90 percent of its peak torque from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3,000 to 4,600 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is designed to give the lightweight Cadillac ATS an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.
With an SAE-certified output of 335 horsepower (250 kW) and 285 lb-ft of torque (386Nm), the powerful and efficient 3.6L V-6 engine represents a clean sheet, engine redesign from the previous generation. Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) system temporarily deactivates two the 3.6L’s cylinders in light-load driving conditions to enhance fuel efficiency and seamlessly reactivates them when the driver demands full power. Fuel-saving technologies improve fuel economy up to a company-estimated nine percent when compared to the previous V-6.
Both engines optimize power and efficiency with direct injection, dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing and automatic Stop/Start. With the efficiency-enhancing Stop/Start system, the engine is shut down in certain driving conditions such as stop-and-go city driving to reduce fuel consumption, automatically restarting when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.
A paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that drives performance is standard with all Cadillac ATS engines. A six-speed manual transmission is available with the ATS Turbo – a choice unavailable with many luxury competitors.
The eight-speed automatic transmission features four simple gearsets for optimal efficiency and five clutches (two brake clutches and three rotating clutches) – creative packaging that enables them to fit the same space as the previous six-speed automatic, while also offering lower weight.
World-class shift time quickness and responsiveness are accomplished with a Gen II controls system, which works with variable force solenoid technology and three internal speed sensors. The transmission controller is mounted externally and its processor executes hundreds of calculations and commands as fast as every 6.25 milliseconds.
Additionally, friction-reducing design features – including synthetic fluid – and lower spin losses via a powerflow that uses only two open clutches contribute further to efficiency. The torque converter design is also specific to each transmission.
Performance – where the reality of the road meets the feeling of the track
The Cadillac ATS’s dynamic driving experience, which continues to be a leader among the world’s best premium cars, is rooted in a lightweight architecture that is complemented by a sophisticated and finely-tuned chassis system. The result is a luxury car with agility, responsiveness and exceptional driver feedback, necessary traits for a world-class luxury sports sedan and coupe.
The performance platform is so effective, it is the foundation for other award-winning luxury performance Cadillacs – ATS-V Sedan and Coupe, CTS, CTS V-Sport, CTS-V super sedan and the championship-winning ATS.V-R Coupe race car.
A low curb weight and lightweight, power-dense powertrains enable a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Wide front and rear tracks – including wider tracks on Cadillac ATS Coupe – and a low center of gravity instill exceptional driver confidence through greater stability and driver feedback.
Cadillac ATS braking performance is among the best in the segment. Low vehicle mass, optimal brake sizes and four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo performance front brakes contribute to 60-0 performance of approximately 129 feet (39.3 meters). Exceptional braking is matched with a four-channel ABS system integrated with standard StabiliTrak stability control and full-function traction control.
Up front, a multi-link MacPherson strut suspension uses a double-pivot design for a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative steering and a smoother ride overall. It also improves impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces.
The double-pivot system incorporates a pair of ball joints and lower control links that replace a conventional wishbone at each wheel. The optimal balance of ride and handling is achieved via a suspension geometry that decouples road inputs by integrating a soft fore/aft “ride link” that provides greater isolation from impacts and a stiff, laterally positioned “handling link” for more direct steering feel and quicker lateral response.
The control arms, the spindle and the body form an effective four-bar link for each side of the front suspension, creating virtual pivot points with reduced spindle length, significantly reducing steering wheel feedback due to wheel impacts. There is also a direct-acting stabilizer bar.
The front suspension’s design also enables a shorter spindle and positive-offset steering geometry for optimal steering control, excellent straight-line stability and a more refined ride. High-durometer rubber and hydraulic bushings are used with the front suspension for an excellent balance of ride comfort and precise response when cornering.
At the rear of the Cadillac ATS is the first five-link independent suspension in a Cadillac. The design helps reduces roll center motion, enables positive lateral control, reduces “squat” during acceleration and promotes excellent dynamic stability. In short, it helps keep the tires planted on all surfaces and during all hard-cornering maneuvers.
Four handling links (upper and lower control arms) are used at each side to control wheel motion and a toe link at each wheel provides additional horizontal control, particularly during hard cornering. The upper and lower links create an effective double-wishbone design, although the links are mounted independently. As with the front suspension, the five-link design creates virtual pivot points that the Cadillac ATS’s engineers used for geometry optimization. The stiff links are mounted on a cradle that contributes to a smoother, quieter and more isolated ride. The cradle is made of steel (with hydroformed side rails) to help optimize the car’s structural stiffness and mass.
On the Sedan, 17-inch wheels are standard, with 18×8-inch wheels available – all matched with 225/40-series tires. Cadillac ATS Premium Performance sedans feature wider 18×9-inch rear wheels with 255/35 tires (all FE3 tires are summer-only). On the Coupe, 18×8-inch front (225/40 tires) and 18×9-inch rear wheels (255/35 tires) are standard. As with Sedan, the ATS Premium Performance Coupes feature summer-only tires.
The segment-best mechanical limited-slip differential feature is not matched by all other competitors and gives the Cadillac ATS an edge when it comes to ensuring all of the powertrain’s torque is applied to the tires during hard cornering. It is standard with ATS Premium Performance sedans and coupes and is housed in a robust 8.6-inch carrier. Other models feature a 7.67-inch carrier.
Supporting the Cadillac ATS’s suspension is Cadillac’s famous Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). Featured on the ATS-V, CTS V-Sport and CTS-V super sedan, MRC “reads” the road and delivers precise body motion control to suit conditions by changing the damping every millisecond.
Selectable driver mode settings are standard on automatic transmissions and include Sport, Touring and Snow/Ice). On MRC-equipped vehicles, each mode is optimized for Magnetic Ride Control damping, as well as transmission shift algorithms and stability control and traction control system intervention.
All models come with an electric, variable-assist power steering system from ZF Steering Systems. It is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, while also saving fuel because engine power isn’t directly required to assist gear movement – as is the case with conventional hydraulic systems.
The ZF steering gear has great torsional stiffness and low operating friction, which enhance the steering feel with almost perfect linear response. Additionally, the steering column and intermediate shaft feature stiff, direct-acting and low-friction ball bearing designs. That means there is almost no “lash” in the entire steering system, leading to a more immediate and connected-to-the-road feel for the driver.
The Cadillac ATS’s available all-wheel-drive system, which is available with all trims except for 3.6L Premium Performance, is designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is an advanced, fully automatic and on-demand system that includes wheel-slip management.
Exterior Design – in sedan or coupe form, the distinct Cadillac exterior commands attention
Design and engineering philosophies distill all the engaging dynamic identities the brand has become known for. The Cadillac ATS Sedan and Coupe ride on the same 109.3-inch (2,775 mm) wheelbase but feature their own bodywork. The roof, doors, rear fenders and trunk lid are unique to each, along with a specific front fascia and front fenders on the Coupe that accommodate a wider track than the Sedan.
Both body styles have a firmly planted stance, enhanced by short overhangs and taut sheet metal that appear to wrap tightly around the tires. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on the Cadillac ATS Sedan and 18-inch wheels are standard on ATS Coupe. The ATS Coupe also includes capless fuel fill.
Bold lighting elements are a Cadillac signature feature and the Cadillac ATS advances the tradition with available high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, light-emitting diode (LED) vertical light signature elements and Adaptive Forward Lighting. The ATS features projector-beam halogen headlamps, while the HID headlamps and front vertical LED light signatures are included on all trims above 2.0T ATS on Coupe, and on the 3.6L Premium Luxury and 3.6L Premium Performance on Sedan. Illuminated outside door handles on 3.6L Premium Performance lend technologically advanced style and function. All models feature LED technology for the taillamps and rear-center stop lamp.
The IntelliBeam feature – included with the Driver Awareness or Driver Assist packages – automatically deploys high-beam headlamps when needed and instantly turns them down when oncoming traffic is detected.
Seventeen-inch premium painted alloy wheels are standard on the Sedan, with 17-inch polished and 18-inch forged machined-face and polished wheels available. Nineteen-inch wheel-and-tire combinations are available as dealer-installed accessories. A range of 18-inch premium painted, machined or polished wheels is available on the Cadillac ATS Coupe.
Exterior colors include Red Obsession Tintcoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Crystal White Tricoat, and – new for 2017 – Bronze Dune and Silver Coast Metallic.
Interior Design – the driver-centric interior brings excitement to every ride
A driver-focused interior with integrated technology and crafted materials complements the exterior elements and supports the Cadillac ATS’s driving experience. Real wood, metal plating and carbon fiber trim, and Cadillac’s cut-and-sewn instrument panel, console and doors enhance the emotional connection to the ATS.
Everything from the placement of the pedals to the position of the shifter is designed for effortless and intuitive performance driving. Available 12-way driver/10-way passenger performance front seats includes power-adjustable driver bolsters to optimize lateral support during high-load cornering. Heated front seats are included on all trims above ATS Turbo on sedans and coupes. The instrument cluster has been updated for 2017.
LED lighting within the gauge cluster enables clear, at-a-glance viewing in all lighting conditions, while ambient lighting accents functional elements of the console and doors.
Choices of many interior environments, each with unique accent trim material, cover a wide range of flavors – from light, open and warm to dark and serious, bold, technical and sporty.
Interior color and trim choices are offered in four levels:
- Light Platinum/Black with Oil Rubbed Bronze-appearance trim (Sedan only) or Black/Black with Oil Rubbed Bronze-appearance trim on Sedan and High Gloss Okapi Stripe designer wood trim on Coupe. Leatherette seating surfaces
- Light Platinum/Black with High Gloss Sapele Wood accents or Black/Black with aluminum trim. Leather seating surfaces
- Light Neutral/Black with Dark Olive Ash Wood trim. Leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber interior accents (Sedan only)
- Kona Brown/Black with Natural Sapele wood trim or Morello Red/Black with carbon fiber trim. Semi-aniline leather seating with sueded microfiber seatbacks and sueded microfiber interior accents
Available interior features include:
- Reconfigurable 5.7-inch, three-window instrument panel cluster display
- Power-assisted tilting and telescoping steering column
- Full-color reconfigurable Head-Up Display
Recommended retail price (MSRP) starts from $35,590