The 2017 Cadillac lineup has been officially announced and the company has made some distinct changes to the ATS, CTS lineup this year.
The most distinct change of them all is that the brand has decided to drop the 2.5-liter I-4 engine variant for the ATS version. It doesn’t come as a surprise as earlier rumors indicated that changes are coming to the Cadillac lineup. Instead of going the usual route, the automobile manufacturer has made some modifications so that the most popular additions for the ATS are retained in 2017. The new 2017 version is available in different grades including a premium performance, premium luxury and luxury. The 2017 CTS will be available with V-sport, luxury, premium luxury and V-sport premium grades.
A familiar design quotient has been adopted for all the variants and trimlines. It makes it easier for long time patrons to associate with the brand. Besides, Cadillac also wanted to focus more on the comfort and features rather than trying to modify the looks of their cars which might require a brand new platform to design it upon. The CUE multimedia interface used in all their vehicles has received a significant upgrade. The infotainment system now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Passengers will now be able to connect their iPhones and any Android device with the car so as to stream content including movies, music, photos among other stuff.
They are no longer reliant on the CUE interface to browse through content but can do so with the convenience of their smartphones. This feature cannot be considered a luxury as almost every car released now has support for both Android and iOS operating systems. Besides, the interface and the screen used by the earlier Cadillacs hardly respond like your usual touchscreen design. They are considered to be a pain by most which has now been fixed with this much needed update.
Newer features include Teen Driver feature and the myCadillac mobile app. Both these does what the name suggests. The first one is to make it easier to keep track of the car when young adults are driving the vehicle while the second one, an exclusive app provides you all the information related to the car. The rear fascia has been revamped and the front features a new grille. The entry level ATS uses a 2.0-liter turbo four engine which delivers 272 horsepower. All ATS models support 4G LTE connection. The optional Carbon Black package is the cherry on top for the 2017 Cadillac ATS variants.