The 2017 Cadillac ATS sedan will enter U.S. showrooms this summer with one less engine option for consumers to choose from, as the former base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is going the way of the dodo. In its stead, the brand’s 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will now serve as the the entry-level powertrain, as it currently does in the ATS coupe. A 300-plus-horsepower V-6 remains optional.
With a base price of $35,590, the 2017 Cadillac ATS sedan’s starting price rises by $1380 but also includes such features as Cadillac’s CUE infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose surround-sound audio system, and a rearview camera. These features appear on the base Cadillac ATS coupe as well.
Despite the entry-level car’s higher price, Cadillac promises all other ATS trim levels—Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Premium Performance—will offer more feature content at less cost, with Automotive News reporting that 2017 models will be priced between $650 and $1100 lower than their equivalent 2016 counterparts.
It’s no secret that ATS sales have failed to catch fire, and with year-over-year sales of the model down by more than 23 percent through May, clearly something needed to be done to spur interest in Cadillac’s entry-level sports sedan and coupe. Here’s hoping the updates inspire more people to consider a car we really enjoy driving.