The ATS family was Cadillac’s first entry into the compact sport-luxury vehicle segment, where it competes squarely against the segment stalwarts — the BMW 3/4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4/A5. In 2016, sales of the first-generation ATS are roughly half of what they were in 2013 as newer, more competitive entrants from the German automakers dominate the segment, and consumers continue to favor crossovers at the expense of sedans.
As with the Cadillac CTS, this turn of events puts the current model in an awkward spot as Cadillac readies its replacement, expected to be called Cadillac CT3. But while that model is on the horizon, Cadillac is giving the ATS several updates and changes for the 2018 model year — the sixth year on the market of the first-generation model.
On the outside, the 2018 ATS loses three exterior colors while gaining one new one:
- Moonstone Metallic
- Deep Amethyst Metallic
- Bronze Dune Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic (available at extra charge)
Inside, the 2018 ATS loses the glove box-mounted optical (CD) player and adds an automatic feature to the heated steering wheel, enabling it to turn on and off automatically in conjunction with the automatic heated front seats based on ambient air temperature.
Finally, the 2018 ATS gets the new Cadillac User Experience (CUE) Infotainment and Media Control System. The all-new system represents the third generation of CUE (known as CUE 3, for short) and introduces a completely redesigned user experience and new features like driver profiles, an all-new navigation app, and a summary screen. In the 2018 ATS, CUE version 3 is available in two flavors — IOS and IOT. The former replaces the second-gen IO5 and does not include navigation, while the latter replaces the second-gen IO6 system and includes embedded navigation.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.
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