Earlier this month, we told you about some interesting changes to the Cadillac order guides that hinted at a Cadillac ATS Vsport. We also told you about two new ATS appearance packages — the Midnight Special Edition and Black Sport Appearance Package. Now, we’ve discovered another noteworthy item — a seemingly upcoming black window molding accessory for the Cadillac ATS.
Here’s the deal: Cadillac recently updated its website to include some new ATS accessories. One of the updates included a photo of a 2015 ATS Coupe with black window molding and some other accessories. We’ve included the picture and associated text in question just below (highlight, ours):
Shown with 18 inch Spectra Gray Wheels, Black Window Molding, Accessory Spoiler and Accessory Grille
What’s interesting about the picture and its description is that neither the ATS Sedan nor the ATS Coupe offer the black window molding in their accessory books at the time of this writing. However, both vehicles recently began offering the Midnight Special Edition package that blacks out several chrome pieces on the vehicle, including the DLO (Daylight Window Opening, otherwise known as window molding elements). In addition, the Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and ATS-V Coupe have been photographed with black chrome window moldings, though the online configurators for both vehicles don’t make the option available at the time of this writing.
The GM Authority Take
It would appear that existing owners of the ATS Sedan and ATS Coupe will soon be able to purchase the black window molding for their vehicles as an official Cadillac accessory, finally ending the need to plastic-dip or tape the elements. We assume that Cadillac is making the accessory available thanks to its inclusion in the Midnight Special Edition package or its availability in the ATS-V range.
Whatever the case may be, the news is welcome to many ATS owners, as the blacked-out look is growing in popularity on luxury vehicles. Cadillac has been notably absent from the black-out game, whle Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Lexus all offer a black-out package or trim level in their luxury compact cars, making it a vital option for Cadillac to offer as well.
And with a black front grille, black rear fascia molding, black wheels, and now black window moldings available installed at the factory and also as accessories, the only item that Caddy has yet to black out on the ATS are the external mirror caps. Here’s to hoping that those are next, as that would complete the black-out look.