As we reported back in April, the 2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan and Coupe are getting a redesigned instrument cluster. We image that the move is in response to the somewhat negative reception of the original cluster, which has been described by many (like yours truly) as “boring and uninspired, though not necessarily ugly”. But we’re not here to bash on the outgoing cluster; rather, we have an image of the new and enhanced instrumentation.
The new cluster maintains the overall motif and half-moon appearance of the 2013-2016 model, but decreases the size of the interval indicators and adds chronograph-like dots along the four needle faces — the tachometer and speedometer, as well as the fuel and engine temperature needles. In other words, it’s the same cluster as what was introduced in the 2017 Cadillac XT5 (except for the Platinum trim level, which gets the digital cluster).
The GM Authority Take
Truth be told, the “redesign” isn’t as much of a full-on redesign; I’d instead refer to it as a facelift, in car speak. Nevertheless, having spent some time with a vehicle that has the new cluster, I have to say that it is, indeed, much better on the eyes, giving the instrumentation a much more “precise” appearance that portrays attention to detail. It’s amazing how much the two slight changes are capable of changing the look and feel of the cluster.