2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe Gets New Colors, Revamped Trim Levels, Updated Infotainment, New Gauge Cluster And More13
Like with the 2017 ATS Sedan, those hoping to see a midcycle enhancement/refresh or an ATS V-Sport variant for the 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe will be disappointed to discover that such items aren’t in the cards for the compact sport-luxury coupe. What are, however, are a number of minor updates and changes.
To start, the 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe deletes two colors and adds two new ones:
- Cocoa Bronze Metallic
- Silver Coast Metallic
- Silver Moonlight Metallic
- Bronze Dune Metallic
The 2017 ATS Coupe also adopts a new trim level hierarchy:
|2016 Trim Level||2017 Trim Level|
|Performance Collection||Premium Luxury|
|Premium Collection||Premium Performance|
To note, the range-topping trim level on the 2017 ATS will be called Premium Performance, which is a departure from the new Premium Luxury trim on the 2017 Cadillac CTS or the Platinum trim on the 2017 Cadillac XT5.
On a related note, AWD variants of the 2017 ATS will do away with the ATS4 badge on the top left corner of the decklid (the badge was moved to the top left of the decklid for 2016 Cadillac ATS). Now, AWD models will include the ATS badge on the top left corner of the decklid as well as a separate AWD badge on the lower left corner of the decklid. The practice falls in line with Cadillac’s re-branding of all-wheel-drive vehicles to AWD, as opposed to appending a 4 to the model name.
The 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe also gets a host of new in-vehicle technologies features that bring it on par with other 2017 model year Cadillac vehicles. The new features include:
- Updated Cadillac CUE infotainment system (to version 2.6) that includes Collection and Teen Driver:
- Collection provides access to browse, select and install apps to your vehicle. Apps include Pandora, iHeart Radio, The Weather Channel and more (data plan rates may apply).
- Teen Driver is a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen’s driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver.
- Android Auto (launched interim 16MY)
There’s also a redesigned instrument cluster (which we have yet to get a glimpse of) as well as improved performance of the heated front seats.
And finally, the 2017 ATS Coupe sees these changes:
- 134A refrigerant changes to 1234F refrigerant
- Lane Keep Assist description changes to Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages now include Following Distance Indicator
- Two new LPO-level features:
- A brushed aluminum pedal cover set with grip inserts
- Body-color V-Series rear spoiler
The GM Authority Take
We’re going to say the same about the 2017 ATS Coupe changes and updates as we did about those of the 2017 ATS Sedan: though the changes are welcome, they make us believe that a refresh isn’t in the cards for the ATS until it gets replaced by (what we believe will be) the all-new Cadillac CT3 in the 2018-2019 timeframe.
Following are GM’s official RPO-level changes to the 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe:
- Model 6AG47 2.0L Turbo Premium AWD 1SK
- Model 6AG47 3.6L Premium AWD 1ST
- Exterior color (G1F) Cocoa Bronze Metallic
- Exterior color (GWT) Silver Coast Metallic
- Exterior color (GGB) Silver Moonlight Metallic (available at extra charge)
- Exterior color (GMU) Bronze Dune Metallic (available at extra charge)
- (UE4) Following Distance Indicator
- LPO Accessory:
- (VEB) Pedal cover set
- (5ZU) V-Series Rear Spoiler, body-color
- Model 6AB47 naming convention changes from Standard to ATS Coupe
- Model 6AC47 naming convention changes from Luxury Collection to Luxury
- Model 6AD47 naming convention changes from Performance Collection to Premium Luxury
- Model 6AG47 naming convention changes from Premium to Premium Performance
- Updated Cadillac CUE (Info 2.6 version), includes Collection and Teen Driver:
- Collection — Access to browse, select and install apps to your vehicle. Apps include Pandora, iHeart Radio, The Weather Channel and more (data plan rates may apply)
- Teen Driver — Configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen’s driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
- Android Auto (launched interim 16MY)
- Instrument cluster redesigned and graphic appearance enhanced
- AWD models: Rear badging changed from including an “ATS4” badge on the top left corner of the decklid (16MY) to including an “ATS” badge on the top left corner of the decklid and a separate “AWD” badge on the lower left corner of the decklid
- (KR1) 134A refrigerant changes to (KRV) 1234F refrigerant
- (KA1) Heated front seat performance improved
- (UHX) Lane Keep Assist description changes to (UHX) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- (Y65) Driver Awareness and (Y66) Driver Assist Packages now include (UE4) Following Distance Indicator
Download the 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe order guide (PDF format).
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If the second generation CTS was any indication, I suspect Cadillac keep the ATS coupe around two additional years after the CT3 sedan go on sale like they did with the ’14-’15 CTS Coupe and V-Series during the third gen. CTS sedan.
The second generation should not be used as an indication for various reasons, the most notable of which is that Cadillac was starved of new product in the transition from the second-gen CTS to the third-gen CTS (and the ATS Coupe wasn’t ready). That’s why the CTS coupe stayed.
Now, with the Alpha platform being in place (cutting down platform rev) and new management that can properly plan a vehicle rollout strategy, this should not be the case.
Depends on how fast they engineer and work the product launch. Generally the coupe will debut a year or two after the sedan and I don’t think it is a good idea to launch different models of the brand at the same time.
The CT4 or whatever Cadillac will call it will more than likely debut a year or two after the sedan.
Cadillac can make the ATS more popular by following Chevrolet and offering the LT1 455 horsepower 6.2L V8 as a no cost option for the ATS-V.
I think you have seen the last Chevy installed in a Cadillac. Over time you will see more and more Cadillac only engines produced for their products.
Now while the Chevy is a great engine keep in mind Cadillac will be given more money to add technologies Chevy could only wish for. I expect the most advanced engines we have ever seen from the General.
Thank goodness they are replacing the hedeious gauge cluster!
Surprisingly (to me), they don’t bother to update the external sheet-metal design for Cadillacs.
I thought GM always does this mid-cycle refresh with external appearance updates, based on that they do this with Buick – almost all recent Buick vehicles got mid-cycle exterior refresh; e.g. 2nd gen 2010-2016 LaCrosse got front and rear exterior refresh for model year 2014, and they did this before as well, e.g. older 1st gen 2005-2009 LaCrosse (called Allure in Canada) got front refresh for model year 2008.
But that’s the thing – this is not a mid cycle refresh. It’s just some rolling updates to a model year changeover. An MCE is still possible for the 2018 MY, though.
Aaa, I see what you’re saying; when I was wrinting this today, I felt like MCE (Mid Cycle Refresh) won’t happen at all for ATS, because the news text here assumes “it may be not in the cards at all”, and all-new CT3 instead will replace the current ATS.
Anyway, current ATS is a nice car – with or without MCE. Top GM compact car anyway.
Yes this is just a simple refresh or update or what ever you want to call it.
This is just to fix the easy and fast issue till the new updated Alpha and CT model arrives.
I agree with John that the sedan will be seen first but as for the coupe it will be later if at all. Seeing the coupe is not selling all that well they could have other plans for it like a a coupe that is not based on the ATS replacement or the CTS.
I expect it will remain on the ATS replacement but with new management you need to keep the door open to things you do not expect.
Like Alex stated 2018-19 is a good guess at the new car and we should see a CTS update a year or so after that while they roll out a new CT8.
I expect lighter weight, More technology, More hybrid plug in’s, and more Cadillac only features like engines etc. Also look for the styling to continue to evolved to a little softer but yet A&S look.
Exceptionally disappointed that there will be no ATS Coupe V-Sport; probably indicates that the lifestyle contingent has gained control and there is no car enthusiast dimension to the brand unless one wants to step up all the way to an ATS-V. This substantively narrows the number of customers that can afford Cadillac performance; BMW, Mercedes & Audi are probably celebrating. Bet they did not listen to Dave Leone.
Also disappointed that they did not make the UVH 360 degree camera available as an option (it is an existing option on the CTS). Same with the ventilated seat, which is also an existing option on the CTS.
Was hoping that Cadillac would go in a direction which would allow more customization at the factory. For example, there is no black out trim available independant of a pre-defined package.
Hope the gauge package redesign is well executed.
Seems that the current management at Cadillac has conceded that the ATS will not sell that well and they have stopped trying to make it more competitive; hope I am wrong.
Something else to consider is whether Cadillac would consider using the GM 2.8 Liter Turbo Diesel I4 Duramax XLD28 engine with 200 horsepower @ 3000rpm and 360 lbs-ft of torque @ 2200rpm in the ATS.
are the front end on the 2017 cadillac ats coupe the same front end on a 2017 ats sedan the same ?