Cadillac embraces the dark side with blacked-out ATS and CTS

Cadillac's design language is recent years hasn't been short on aggression, but the company is cranking up its Darth Vader credentials with a new Black Chrome option for its cars. The ATS Sedan and Coupe, and the CTS Sedan, now come with the possibility of switching out the standard-fit chromework for some moodier, more subtle alternatives, along with new wheels and more.

For the ATS Sedan and Coupe, there are new 18-inch alloy wheels with a special "After Midnight" paint-job, together with black chrome accents on the upper and lower grilles up-front. The side windows get gloss black moldings, and there are body color door handles too.

Finally, there are black chrome highlights on the rear fascia. Cadillac has a choice of four paint colors that will match up to the Black Chrome package, including Black Raven, Phantom Gray Metallic (a $495 surcharge), Red Obsession Tintcoat (a $995 surcharge), and Crystal White Tricoat (a $995 surcharge).

Pricing for the Black Chrome add-on itself depends on which ATS you're buying. Available both for the 2.0T and 3.6L Luxury Collection RWD or AWD cars, and for their Performance Collection counterparts, it'll be $795 for the ATS Sedan or $595 for the ATS Coupe.

As for the CTS Black Chrome Package, that's a little more subtle than its smaller ATS siblings. It, too, gets the 18-inch "After Midnight" finish alloy wheels, and a black chrome accented grille.

It'll be offered on the Luxury, Performance, and Premium spec cars, with either the 2.0T or 3.6L engines, and in RWD or AWD.

Color options include Black Raven, Phantom Gray Metallic (with a $495 surcharge), and Crystal White Tricoat (a $995 surcharge). As with the ATS, pricing for the Black Chrome additions depend on the trim level of the car.

So, it'll cost you $1,095 to add the package to the Performance and Premium versions of the CTS, but $1,295 if you have the Luxury version.

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Altogether, it leaves the midsized luxury sedan looking a fair amount more mean than usual, though still making sure there's plenty of headroom for the altogether crazy CTS-V that sits at the top of Cadillac's performance sedan tree with its 640 horsepower, supercharged engine.

The Black Chrome Package is available to order from today.