The new 2017 Cadillac ATS promises to offer its German rivals a run for their money, as it comes equipped with better and more sophisticated features and technologies. Some of its pros include an available manual transmission, cutting-edge interior design, excellent handling, fun-to-drive character, and a plethora of engine choices. Its release date should be expected at the turn of 2016.
For 2017, the new ATS gains a more efficient and powerful 3.6L V6 engine, a fuel-saving stop-start technology, and an eight-speed auto transmission system. Others include smartphone app integration, upgraded software and hardware, SD card slot, and CUE infotainment system.
For years unending, Caddy’s entry into the compact luxury sedan market has been received poorly. For instance, the Cimarron’s Chevy Cavalier and the Catera, which was a poorly disguised Opel’s Omega made things even worse. Fortunately, the Cadillac ATS has cut a niche for itself and has distanced itself from its unsuccessful predecessors.
The ATS comes boasting of an excellent handling and steering precision, angular sheet metal, and an attractive and crisp cabin. Undoubtedly, the new CTS is headed to be the next America’s top car model for 2017.
The new model comes with it’s a slew of upgrades ranging from its exterior surface to beneath its hood. To start off with, last year’s six speed auto transmission system has been replaced by the eight-speed system, while the new 3.6L engine now cranks an additional 12 hp and almost a similar pounds of torque.
Interior wise, buyers should look forward to an upscale cabin that makes use of soft-to-touch surfaces and state-of-the-art technologies.
However, some users might find the CUE quite cumbersome. But, of course, the segment offers an alternative galore. Some of them include the freshly redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 2017 Audi A4, 2017 BMW 3 Series, and 2017 Lexus IS.
Cadillac ATS – Available Trims
The new 2017 ATS sedan is offered in a whopping four trims: base, Luxury, Performance, and the plush Premium trim. You will find the ATS-V coupe in a separate review.
Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Cadillac ATS
The base comes equipped with Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 17” alloy wheels, power front seats, cruise control, a 5.7” touchscreen display, keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors, seven-speaker Bose sound system, automatic climate control (dual-zone), automatic headlights, satellite and HD radio, and leather wrapped telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.
Optional features available for the base model include three USB ports, an 8” touchscreen display, CUE infotainment system, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.
Next up is the Luxury trim that comes bundled with the CUE interface plus 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, remote engine start rear parking sensors, dual-exhaust tips, driver memory settings eight-way power driver seats, and driver side mirrors. Technology features include a 110-V power outlet, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a slew of safety features, automatic high beams, a navigation system, and automatic wipers.
Opting for the Performance trim gets you aluminum trimmed pedals, power driver-side bolster adjustment, 10-speaker Bose audio system, steering wheel mounted shift paddles, a 110-V household-styled power outlet, automatic climate control, front sport seats, and LED running lights.
Stepping up to the 2017 Cadillac ATS premium model will get you a rear-wheel drive system, 18” wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, limited-slip rear differential, summer performance tires, power-adjustable steering, color heads-up display, and a navigation system.
Many of the features and technologies offered for the top-of-the-line models are also available for the lower trims as options. Some of the optional features include a heads-up display, heated front seats, a heavy-duty cooling fan, heated steering wheel, and a sport-tuned suspension.
Engine Specs – 2017 Cadillac ATS
Three engines are available for all the 2017 Cadillac ATS models. To start off with is the 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 202 horsepower and 191 pounds of torque.
Next is a 272 horsepower and 295 pounds of torque generating 2.0L four-cylinder engine available for the 2.0 trims. Its fuel economy ratings according to EPA stand at 22/31/26 mpg.
Finally, buyers angling for more power can opt for the 3.6L V6 engine rated at 333 horsepower and 285 pounds of torque. It comes with an optional AWD system. It’s EPA for the RWD stand at 20/30/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 19/29/22 mpg for the AWD.
Price & 2017 Cadillac ATS Release Date
The new 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan will cost you an MSRP staring from $33,215, the ATS-V Coupe – $62,665, and the ATS-V Sedan – $60,465. Its release date should be expected early next year.
Rumor has it that the Cadillac’s Convertible, which has been on and off for a while, is back again. More details soon.