With the Cadillac ATS launching this summer, we’re finally able to build one ourselves. Online, that is. And unlike the XTS, which has one engine choice for now, we can build from an ATS with either the 2.5L or turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engines, or the 328 horsepower 3.6L LFX V6 engine. But if you want a manual, it’s the four-cylinders only. And rear-wheel-drive only. If you want AWD and V6 horsepower, you’ll have to go with the slush box. But we opted for the rear-wheel drive 2.0 Turbo Performance package mated to the six-speed manual transmission, out of principle.
The Cadillac ATS online configurator doesn’t contain pricing information, but still gives us a good idea of the trim levels, options, and packages we should expect once the sport luxury sedan hits the streets in a few short weeks.
The color palette features no less than three shades of gray, two shades of black, the mandatory Crystal Red Tintcoat (meh) and White Diamond Tricoat, a vibrant Opulant Blue, a Glacier Blue, plus a Summer Gold Metallic color we’re sure will get discontinued after the first year. We’re going with the imposing Black Diamond Tricoat.
The interior offers up five different combinations, our favorite of which is the Morello Red leather seats with carbon fiber panel accents. Runner up would have to be Jet Black leather seats with the brushed aluminum panels. Our package includes a power sunroof, as well as CUE inftainment and surround sound. There’s also two wheel choices, neither of which are black like the ones offered on the CTS-V.
Notably, the original offering of mixing and matching any which seating color to accent paneling isn’t allowed in the configurator. However, we are told that possibly around six months or so after launch customers will be able to personalize the interior as originally planned through GM Accessories.
You can configure your own ATS here.Google+