Geneva preview: Cadillac shows new SRX, CTS Sport Wagon and BLS4

Geneva preview: Cadillac shows new SRX, CTS Sport Wagon and BLS4  
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Motor Shows, Cadillac
on 02/13/2009

Source: GM

Cadillac is preparing to introduce several new models in Europe during the course of this year. The vehicles will all be presented at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show from March 5-15 at Exhibit 1244 (Hall 1). The all-new SRX Crossover is giving its European premiere and will reach dealerships in the fourth quarter 2009. The CTS Sport Wagon, the Escalade Two-Mode Hybrid, the BLS4 with full-time all-wheel drive and the CTS-V, one of the world’s fastest sedans, are scheduled to reach the European markets in 2009.

European Premiere for all-new Cadillac SRX

Mark McNabb, North America vice president, Cadillac/Premium Channel, states: “The all-new SRX represents the next generation of innovative, dynamic crossovers for customers of luxury vehicles. New technologies offer better drivetrain efficiency and safety, while the design expresses power and dynamics. In this version, the new SRX connects with customers of premium cars emotionally as well as rationally. Simply put, this crossover is for people who value performance and utility. “

The mechanical efficiency is highlighted by Cadillac’s first use of the 3.0 liter V6, offering 193 kW (262 hp). With the latest technology of fuel direct injection and variable valve timing, this engine achieves optimal fuel consumption and a 25 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. Fuel economy is further improved by the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission, which provides lower engine rpm at constant highway speeds.

The standard all-wheel drive system guarantees a high level of active safety. Power is transferred between front and rear, as well as divided left and right with an electronically regulated limited-slip rear differential (eLSD). The differential directs up to 100 percent of engine torque to the wheel with the most traction.

The all-new SRX rides on comparably large tracks, which makes for a visually strong road presence, but more importantly for safe and comfortable road handling. Dimensions of 4,833 m in length, 1,91 m in width and 1,668 m in height are markedly reduced from the current model without sacrificing interior roominess for driver, passengers and luggage.

The classy and individualistic exterior design of the new SRX is complemented by its stylish, high-quality interior. Several design cues signal its connection with the successful new CTS, including features such as an internal hard drive, pop-up navigation screen, hand-cut and sewn interior, turn-adaptable headlights and auto-leveling suspension.

CTS Sport Wagon

Cadillac is presenting one of the important European introductions, the CTS Sport Wagon. The sporty station wagon serves as an expansion of the CTS line, which gave its debut last year with the four-door sedan. Both the Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon offer AWD as an option.

The dynamic appearance of the CTS Sport Wagon is shaking up this class known for conservative design. But first priority for the development team was a roomy interior, and thus the powerful lines and sporty elegance are not in the way of function. The power-operated hatch door integrates the typical V-form of recent Cadillac design, as well as a roof spoiler and rear lights tapering to a point.

The wheel base of the CTS Sport Wagon is 2880 mm, the same as for the sedan. There are more striking design elements, such as 19-inch wheels and an optional panorama sunroof over the rear section of the vehicle.

Direct gasoline injection technology helps the CTS offer more power while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. A 3.6L V6, direct injection power unit generating 229kW (311 hp) is matched with fuel-saving six-speed transmissions, including an Aisin six-speed manual or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic.

Cadillac CTS-V: High-tech and high performance in a family car

The CTS-V takes on the fastest sedans in the world with impeccable road manners and a luxurious experience. The high performance four-door sports sedan offers a 6.2 liter V8 engine with supercharger, resulting in 564 hp (415 kW) and sensational torque of 747 Nm at 3800 rpm. The delivery to European customers is about to begin.

CTS-V adds to the well-established V-series of Cadillac, this time with the combination of sports car performance and all the features of a most prestigious luxury sedan. Besides the mighty engine, race-inspired highlights include a six-speed automatic or sporty six-speed manual transmission, and a chassis with the latest generation of the innovative „Magnetic Selective Ride Control“, with direct links to racetrack performance. This system manages starts and acceleration for optimal traction under all conditions.

CTS-V shows typical Cadillac design features inside and out. The interior reflects the modern elements of the CTS sedan, combined with sporty equipment like the high-grade Recaro seats.

Cadillac Escalade Two-Mode Hybrid

The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is the first implementation worldwide of the fuel-saving Two-Mode Hybrid System in a full-size SUV. Escalade Hybrid dramatically improves fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions, with more than 40 percent better fuel economy in city driving, while offering all advantages of a spacious luxury SUV.

Two-Mode Hybrid technology can operate the vehicle on battery-electric power alone during idling or low-speed driving situations. Escalade Hybrid also incorporates Active Fuel Management technology that enables the Vortec 6.0 l-V8 engine to operate on only four cylinders in certain driving conditions to save fuel. The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid has permanent all-wheel drive.

Cadillac BLS4 and Cadillac BLS4 Wagon with permanent all-wheel drive

BLS is the Cadillac with the greatest choice of powertrain options. BLS sedan and wagon offer three gasoline engines (all with turbo charging), two turbo diesel and one clean-emissions Bio-ethanol engine, which can be operated with Bio-ethanol E85 as well as with conventional fuel.

An even more powerful 2.8 liter V6 with 205 kW (280 hp) is the new top choice for the turbocharged gasoline engines. Both BLS sedan and wagon are offered with this power plant, as well as with the 154 kW (210 hp) four-cylinder turbo. All these models can be ordered with front-wheel drive or permanent all-wheel drive.

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