Cadillac announced 2008 European line-up updates
The 2008 model year promises to be an exciting year for Cadillac in Europe. Apart from the various model year refinements and updates, a range of new models will make their debut on the European market. In addition to the introduction of the all-new Cadillac BLS Wagon and CTS, there are updates across the range and the high performance V-series is set to raise the profile of the Cadillac brand. This clearly demonstrates the commitment of this luxury brand to continued growth in the European market.
The all-new Cadillac BLS Wagon marks the entry of the brand in the station wagon-segment, for the first time in its history. Just like the sedan, the BLS Wagon is offered with a choice of three– all turbocharged – gasoline engines, two turbo-diesels and allow-emission bio-ethanol engine, running on either E85 bio-ethanol or traditional gasoline. Both powerful, direct-injected, common rail turbo-diesel engines are fitted with a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter.
The BLS sedan model year 2008 also benefits from new features, first seen in the new BLS Wagon. It means that all BLS models now have StabiliTrak electronic stability control as standard.
The 2008 Cadillac CTS luxury sedan combines enhanced engines and advanced technologies with entertaining luxury and new, striking design. The top-level power option is GM’s new, 3.6 litre direct-injection V-6 VVT engine, delivering 229 kW (311 hp) and 374 Nm of torque. This complements an alternative 2.8 litre V-6, with a power output of155 kW (211 hp).
For the CTS interior, advances in surface development, technology, materials and construction
combine to emphasize technical precision with elegant, hand-crafted details. The all-new CTS is designed to further upgrade Cadillac’s reputation for providing safe occupant environments in luxury vehicles. Details include for example a Pedestrian Protection system, a full range of air bags and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The 2008 model SRX is offered with either the 4.6 litre, 32-valve V-8 North star or the 3.6 litre V-6 VVT engine.The five- or six-speed automatic transmissions feature Driver Shift Control,which offers for example clutch less manual shifting, electronically controlled engine braking and downgrade detection with brake assist. Other features include StabiliTrak active suspension and a segment-first option of Magnetic Ride Control.
At 2.96 meters, the Cadillac SRX has one of the longest wheelbases in its class, providing unusually generous rear legroom. The SRX is typically configured as a five-seater, with a spacious cargo area. A third row of seats can also be ordered, enabling the transport of up to seven people. Another innovative feature (optional) is “Ultra View,” a huge glass sliding roof that is operated electrically.
The newest STS demonstrates refined performance, sophisticated luxury and purposeful innovation. The STS is offered with the 189 kW (257 hp) 3.6 litre V-6 VVT or the 239 kW (325 hp) North star 4.6litre V-8 VVT. Both engines are mated to Cadillac’s automatic transmissions with driver shift control, driving the rear wheels. V-8 models feature a six-speed automatic transmission, along with the option of all-wheeldrive.
StabiliTrak is fully integrated with the traction control and ABS systems. Magnetic Ride Control comes standard on the V-8. Technical appointments include a key less access system with a push-button start; optional adaptive cruise control and reconfigurable four-color head-up display.
The exciting STS-V has been developed to deliver supercharged, rear-drive performance with an unmistakably Cadillac design. At the heart of the STS-V is a hand assembled 4.4 litre version of the North star engine, which is fitted with an inter cooled, positive-displacement supercharger system. The North star V-8 SC engine produces 350 kW (476 hp) at 6,400 rpm and will rev to a maximum of 6,700rpm.
From the outside the 2008 model include features like new side vents, dual polished exhaust ports and a polished stainless steel wire mesh grille with a recessed Cadillac emblem that confirms the STS-V statement.
The XLR-V combines luxury with power, performance, personal amenities and style and is equipped with the North star V-8 supercharged engine, producing 331 kW (450 hp). Combined with a rear-mounted, six-speed automatic transmission, the XLR-V’ssupercharged engine helps deliver 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in only 4.7seconds. Its specific output of over 100-horsepower-per-litre makes it one of the world’s highest specific output production V-8 engines.
Chassis modifications on theXLR-V include larger brakes, recalibrated Magnetic Ride Control, larger front stabilizer bar, stiffer rear lower control arm bushings, larger wheels andtires, a power steering fluid cooler and a higher-capacity fuel pump. Several styling modifications have imparted a more aggressive character to theXLR-V including an aggressively sculpted dome hood,ten-spoke aluminum wheel design with sterling silver finish and four polished stainless steel exhaust tips.
The second generation of the Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV offers a new level of refinement, style,performance and an instantly recognizable shape. A 6.2 litre, V-8 engine with all-aluminum construction and variable valve timing technology delivers 301 kW(409 hp) and 565 Nm of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission.Handling and active safety are enhanced with the standard Road SensingSuspension.
Further refinements include all-new sheet metal, giving the vehicle sleeker styling and improved aerodynamics. The Escalade trim levels “Elegance” and “Sport Luxury” include features as a power-assisted rear tailgate, rear parking assist, tri-zone climate control, an audio system with DVD and six-CD changer and 10-speaker Bose 5.1 Discrete Surround Sound System.