GM launched this days in China the 2011 SLS luxury sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show. It will be offered in four different version, with prices ranging from 448,000 RMB to 698,000 RMB.

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The new 2011 Cadillac SLS will be offered with a choice of two new engines: a 3.0-liter SIDI engine that delivers 272 hp with 300 Nm of torque, and a 3.6-liter SIDI engine with 310 hp and 374 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic-manual transmission.

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The list of technologies featured in the new SLS includes: MagneRide, an electromagnetic active suspension system, and Air Quality Control. It will be offered with a choice of five body colors: Black, Titanium Silver, Golden, Space Gray and Platinum Gray combined with two interior colors: Champagne and Ebony.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Shanghai GM unveiled the Cadillac new SLS today. It is one of two new models – along with the Buick Excelle XT – that is making its global debut on the automaker’s stand at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

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The new SLS is the next generation of Cadillac’s luxury business sedan that was first introduced in China in 2006. It combines the American luxury brand’s traditional elegance with cutting-edge technologies and is specifically tailored for business elites. It is the first model from Shanghai GM equipped with OnStar. 

The new SLS comes in four variants that are priced between RMB 448,000 and RMB 698,000. Shanghai GM began taking orders today.

Choice of Fuel-Efficient SIDI Engines

The new SLS comes with a choice of two new world-class Direct Injection engines mated to a six-speed automatic-manual transmission. The 3.0-liter SIDI engine offers 272 horsepower with 300 Nm of torque, while the 3.6-liter SIDI engine generates maximum power of 310 horsepower and 374 Nm of torque. In addition to providing impressive power, the engines reduce fuel consumption by 9 percent and generate lower hydrocarbon emissions compared to similar powerplants.

OnStar Safety, Security and Information Service

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The new SLS features GM’s OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and information service, which goes live in China in early December. With the press of a button, SLS owners will instantaneously become connected with the OnStar Call Center for service 24 hours per day/365 days per year.

OnStar will initially offer 14 services: Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Automatic Air Bag Deployment Response, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, On-Demand Diagnostics, Good Samaritan, Stolen Vehicle Location, Remote Door Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights, Roadside Assistance, Hands-Free Calling, Point of Interest, Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Destination Download.

Redesigned Exterior

The exterior design of the new SLS follows the evolutionary styling of the Cadillac brand. The vehicle has a simple look with a well-proportioned, dynamic body. It has been thoroughly redesigned, giving it a more energetic and younger appearance.

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Diamond-cut-like design elements appear in the new shield-shaped grille, headlights and tail lights, fog lights, turn signals and side skirts on the fender, adding to the luxury appearance.

The new SLS has a wheelbase that extends beyond 3,000 mm. Together with its wide doors, this provides greater convenience and roominess for passengers.

The SLS comes in a choice of five body colors: Black, Titanium Silver, Golden, Space Gray and Platinum Gray. In addition, Shanghai GM offers a choice of two interior colors: Champagne and Ebony.

Finely Crafted Interior

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Fine craftsmanship defines the interior of the new SLS. Genuine leather is applied throughout the interior, accentuating the elegance and luxury of the new SLS. The “cut and sew” technique ensures the highest quality. The cabin also makes liberal use of Sapele Pammele, a wood that is normally used for crafting violins. The 360-degree wrap-around lights in the SLS give the interior a luxurious look at night.

All seats are ergonomically designed and wrapped with leather. The front seats feature 8-way power adjusted with four-way lumbar support. The rear seats are power adjusted with 4-way lumbar support, and heated, ventilated and the unique massages function.

Cadillac has adopted a range of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) engineering advances to keep noise out of the cockpit for a quiet and pleasant driving experience.

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The new SLS is equipped with a number of hi-tech amenities, including high-precision three-phase independently controlled air conditioning with temperature memory function; the Air Quality System (AQS), which automatically switches between air quality detection and inside circulation; an available independent three-screen entertainment system with six-disc DVD/CD and TV function; and the BOSE 5.1 acoustic system with 15 hi-fi speakers. In addition, the new SLS is equipped with an intelligent navigation system, remote engine start and a host of other functions to provide a unique and luxurious experience to owners.

Human-Oriented Safety Technologies

The new SLS, which was put through extensive road testing in North America, offers a high level of active and passive safety.

More than 80 percent of the body of the SLS uses high-strength steel plate. The hydraulic anti-collision column shrinks while absorbing energy in the event of a crash for the safety of all passengers.

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Individual front and rear-suspension systems with Cadillac’s MRC (MagneRide) Electromagnetism Active Sensing Suspension System, the power steering with speed sensitive, variable assist system and the Active Air/Control Auto Leveling System ensure smooth handling and control under all driving conditions.

Dual HID headlamps with AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) change their lighting angle according to different road conditions, while the SBZA system and rear view advanced parking camera watch out for blind spots, alerting the driver of any abnormal situations in the rearview mirror. Electronic stability control and the tire pressure monitoring system come standard.

During the unveiling of the new SLS, Han Sanping, President of China Film Group Corporation and a leading figure in China’s movie industry, joined Shanghai GM President Ding Lei to announce that Cadillac products will be featured in 20 upcoming movies.

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  (503) posted on 11.10.2010

I said the same thing. The sedan for some reason looks better....its usually the other
way around.

  (676) posted on 11.3.2010

Cadillac’s larger offerings will not be competitive until the introduction of the Ultra V8.

  (506) posted on 09.29.2010

This is truly an amazing car. Cannot wait for AB to review it!!

  (1211) posted on 09.21.2010

When the LNF first came out it required premium, but by model year 2009 it was rated for full 261HP on regular 87 octane gas.

  (743) posted on 08.18.2010

Higher octane? Yes, it’s a big issue. What’s the normal level of it? Sounds confusing to me.

  (806) posted on 08.10.2010

However I don’t consider 220hp to be nearly as much as 302hp. That’s what the 3.6L DI offers in the STS in this country. Maybe China gets the non-DI version 3.6 which would be around 250-260ish.

  (313) posted on 07.29.2010

What strikes me about this is that I am under the impression that these engines require higher octane. Isn’t it a big issue?

  (344) posted on 01.18.2010

I don’t look at it on the sound system, well I’m very much impressed on the wheel set which compliments the matte of this car(which is red and black), did cover the gold logo by black matte which is a
’bad ass’ move!

  (1022) posted on 01.7.2010

Its actually pretty interesting to hear you guys talk about CADILLAC. I work sales out here in Houston Texas. I really cant wait to drive and sell the SLS Coupe. If y’all want any, just hit me up!

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