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Cadillac Hopes ATS, CTS Updates Lure More Buyers

Cadillac Hopes ATS, CTS Updates Lure More Buyers

Cadillac is doing some more talking about its upgraded 2017 ATS and CTS lineups. Two models that seem to be followed by storm clouds, as in slower than Cadillac would like sales.

One of the biggest changes doesn’t mean much to buyers. The automaker is streamlining names of the trim levels. The ATS and CTS will now have the similar trim levels in line with the CT6 and XT5 to keep things less confusing across the lineup.

The new Cadillac ATS trim levels are ATS, Luxury, Premium Luxury and Premium Performance. The trims for the Cadillac CTS are CTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport and V-Sport Premium.

In the looks department, the 2017 Cadillac ATS and CTS models receive two new exterior colors and new 17-inch wheels. The new exterior colors for 2017 are Bronze Dune and Silver Moonlight Metallic. There is also a Carbon Black sport package offered.

2017 Cadillac ATS

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2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe

The ATS Turbo sedan is now the entry level model. It now has a 272-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four, instead of the old base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The change makes the 2017 ATS Turbo effectively the most powerful turbocharged sedan in its class.

The engine change is just one way Cadillac hopes it can turn things around for the slow-selling ATS. (Sales are down 23 percent in 2016 with only 7,884 leaving dealer lots so far this year.)

Cadillac wants to lure more buyers from the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class by adding more value for the buck with much needed upgrades to the Cadillac CUE infotainment system. The 2017 ATS now includes new standard technologies like the myCadillac Mobile App, Teen Driver and Cadillac Collection. It also now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there is an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

The ATS comes with a leather interior and heated, 10-way power front seats. The steering wheel is heated, too. Other standard connectivity and convenience technologies include Cadillac’s integrated GPS navigation system, 110-volt conventional power outlet, Front and Rear Park Assist, key fob and smart phone app Adaptive Remote Start, and the Universal Home Remote.

The 2017 Cadillac ATS starts at $35,590.

2017 Cadillac CTS

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2017 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Cadillac is also hoping sales pick up for the CTS. According to GM Authority, CTS sales have been trending down year after year since its debut in 2014.

The 2017 CTS features a new grille design in the front fascia and an all-new rear fascia with vertical exhaust orientation and valence panel changes. Like the ATS it comes with two new color choices, new 17-inch wheels, and the CTS adds an 18-inch V-Sport wheel design. (The CTS-Vsport and CTS-V models don’t get the new styling.)

Cadillac’s new Rear Camera Mirror that debuted in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is also now available on the CTS as well. It’s a $475 option on CTS Luxury models, and comes standard on the Premium Luxury and both Vsport trims.

The base CTS starts at $46,990.

Both models go on sale at the end of the summer. For all the details check out Cadillac’s website.


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Photo Credit: Cadillac