showcasing the best in styling and technical
sophistication from General Motors,
unwraps two all-new vehicles in a 2004
line that also includes a souped-up
sports touring sedan and the largest
and most powerful sport-utility wagon
in the marketplace.
Cadillac show-car designs with names
like Evoq, Imaj and Vizon become the
harbingers of a new age for Cadillac
promising cutting-edge designs and high-tech
gear for superior vehicular performance,
stability and safety.
two-seat Evoq, a hardtop coupe that
converts to a daring convertible, is
the first of these futuristic Cadillac
concepts to spawn a street-legal production
model and it's badged with Cadillac's
new alphabetical nomenclature as the
XLR. Built on the rigid rear-wheel-drive
(RWD) platform that also supports Chevrolet's
racy Corvette, the new Cadillac sports
car wears sharp but clean body forms
marked by angular shapes and crisp edges
combining in a sleek package that looks
like no other vehicle on the road.
Vizon show-car wagon also comes to life
as Cadillac's new SRX sport-utility
raised on the unitized Sigma architecture
used for the CTS sports touring sedan.
SRX packs aboard as many as three rows
of seats in a spacious cabin with either
rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive
(AWD) traction and a choice of Cadillac's
redesigned 4.6-liter NorthStar V8 engine
or a new 3.6-liter V6 version.
CTS also gets that new 3.6-liter V6,
while a souped-up CTSv edition coming
later in the model-year will push a
high-performance V8 to make the most
powerful Cadillac ever. Two familiar
names in passenger cars - Seville SLS
and DeVille - repeat in the 2004 line.
DeVille earns heated and cooled seats
plus a heated steering wheel, then spins
off an armored edition for those who
need security and protection when motoring.
The STS sporty version of Seville fades
away for a year while a new version
is developed on the RWD Sigma platform,
and Seville's SLS luxury sedan remains
in Cadillac's line through December
different sport-utility wagons from
Cadillac carry the name of Escalade
but appear in different formats. Escalade
the SUV rides on GM's full-size truck
chassis and carries many mechanical
weapons for road combat, along with
every convenience in a leather-wrapped
passenger compartment that seats seven
in luxury. Escalade EXT has the big
cabin of a four-door SUV but also the
abbreviated bed of a pickup truck plus
a link between cab and truck bed in
the cabin's back gate.
ESV, stretched 22 inches longer than
Escalade, amounts to a super-size SUV
that compares to Chevrolet's Suburban
in half-ton 1500 series but with all
of Escalade's lavish features plus class-capping
Cadillac's new two-seat sports car,
dressed with composite body panels featuring
chiseled forms and angular features,
is a luxurious hardtop coupe that converts
to an airy convertible through the push
of a console toggle.
conversion event, which consumes less
than 30 seconds, drops sideglass windows,
lifts the metal lid with electromechanical
muscle and tucks it neatly into the
trunk, leaving a smooth and flat bonnet
trailing integrated roll bars positioned
high-tech look foretells a high-tech
slant to technical features. For instance,
cruise control on XLR is a computerized
system with on-board radar. It draws
on the Doppler effect in radar to measure
the distance to a car ahead in the coupe's
path, then adjusts the throttle or applies
brakes to maintain a pre-set minimum
distance between the two vehicles.
there are motion sensors all over XLR
that detect lateral as well as linear
slippage of the vehicle and communicate
with a computer to magically correct
the dangerous movements without direct
steering or braking action from the
driver. And XLR is the first GM vehicle
with keyless technology. Just put the
car's keyfob in a pocket or purse and
the car will recognize you electronically.
Driver's door unlocks automatically
when you touch the door handle. To start
the engine, simply step on the brake
pedal and depress the Start button.
Turn the engine off with the same button,
and as you exit the fob will lock the
power for XLR is best in class, thanks
to a new version of Cadillac NorthStar
4.6-liter V6 engine with four-cam variable
valve timing (VVT). It develops 320
hp through a new RWD-oriented five-speed
automatic transmission with gated shifter
stick on the console.
two-person cockpit is a luxurious space
featuring sculptured bucket seats clad
in leather with trim work in polished
aluminum metal and lacquered hardwoods.
A driver may view instruments as reflected
off the windshield in a head-up display
that includes digital data indicating
the vehicle's speed, real-world clock
time and functions of the audio equipment
and active cruise control.
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A new midsize sport-utility wagon for
Cadillac rolls out for the 2004 line
with car-like driving traits and a luxurious
cabin design in wood and leather with
seats for as many as seven.
looks bold and daring, applying Cadillac's
new styling elements to an aggressive
face featuring a signature egg-crate
grille and piercing optics with stacked
round projector-type headlamps that
resemble camera lenses mounted on vertical
corners. SRX rides on the RWD Sigma
architecture also underscoring the CTS
and is available in RWD and AWD applications.
its car-based structure and weight distributed
almost evenly over front and rear wheels,
plus the low center of gravity and some
juicy powertrain choices, SRX feels
nimble and lively with a fun-to-drive
attitude. Engine options include the
new 4.6-L NorthStar V8 VVT also used
for XLR or a new 3.6-liter V6 VVT shared
A five-speed automatic transmission
goes with each engine and adds a driver
shift control (DSC) for clutch-less
manual shifting. Layout of the cabin
shows twin buckets in the front row
and a bench for three on row two. An
optional bench for two as a third row
raises the rider count to seven.
the UltraView sunroof, which spreads
above first and second rows of seats,
for the largest sunroof in this class.
The CTS (Cadillac Touring Sedan) made
history with its 2003 debut as the first
RWD vehicle in Cadillac's fleet since
1979 and the first to offer a manual
transmission on a rear-drive platform
in half a century.
size for CTS measures to midsize proportions
with the overall length held to less
than five meters so CTS may compete
on the global market. The RWD Sigma
platform employed for CTS features an
extended wheelbase and wide track with
wheels set on outside corners for a
sure-footed stance. Inside a spacious
cabin fit for five, the exterior theme
of chiseled forms and angular features
is expressed in a monochromatic treatment
on CTS that appears contemporary.
base CTS continues with a V6 engine
produced by GM in England that displaces
3.2 liters and makes 220 hp as linked
to a manual five-speed by Germany's
Getrag. For 2004, CTS with a four-speed
automatic transmission earns the new
3.6-liter V6 VVT engine, which runs
up to 255 hp in this application. A
sport package with 17-inch wheels, variable
assist steering, high-performance brakes
and StabiliTrak vehicle controller becomes
an option for any CTS trim.
the end of 2003 the new GM Performance
Division will release new CTS-V, the
most powerful Cadillac production car
ever with a version of Corvette's LS6
V8 stuffed under the hood and pumping
up 400 hp.
The name traces back half a century
in Cadillac culture, but current issues
of Cadillac's flagship sedan stock high-tech
innovations of a contemporary vehicle
with electronic controls and computer-managed
mechanical systems to improve vehicle
stability and safety, visibility, communications,
even passenger comfort.
versions continue with a base DeVille
stocking fabric seat upholstery on a
bench-style front seat split in 40/20/40
sections with fold-down center armrest.
The DeVille High Luxury Sedan (DHS)
contains the same seat but piles on
comfort and convenience items, while
DeVille Touring Sedan (DTS) installs
front buckets clad in leather.
are the NorthStar 4.6-liter V8 tuned
to 275 hp in DeVille and DHS but 300
hp in DTS. Heated and cooled front seats
and a heated steering wheel are now
standard for DHS and DTS yet available
on DeVille. The base car also gains
options like Night Vision thermal-imaging.
A new armored edition of DeVille - offered
in standard length and a model with
eight-inch wheelbase extension - has
advanced features like ballistic steel
and glass, run-flat wheel and tire system
and a self-sealing fuel tank.
Cadillac's prime wagon leads the luxury
class as the most powerful full-size
sport-utility. The top edition, outfitted
with an automatic all-wheel-drive (AWD)
traction device, promotes an enormous
6.0-liter V8 engine that produces 345
hp. Power is applied to all wheels through
an AWD mechanism that's always engaged.
Also automatic is the Z55 Autoride suspension
with continuously-variable road-sensing
damping and air-leveling shock absorbers
for precise ride control.
totes every conceivable mechanical weapon
for serious road combat, along with
every convenience in a leather-wrapped
passenger compartment that cradles seven
in the lap of luxury.
features for 2004 include a tire pressure
monitoring system and the subscription-based
XM satellite radio, with second-row
bucket seats added as a no-charge option.
Additional color selections appear on
the chart with Blue Chip, Quicksilver
and Red E.
As a unique sport-utility truck (SUT),
the EXT variation of Escalade the wagon
can convert from a comfortable four-door
and five-person sport-utility to a practical
pickup capable of hauling cargo as well
It resembles elite Escalade although
the boxy rear bay has been eliminated
in favor of the pared bed of a pickup.
The back wall of the cabin also serves
as a back door leading to the truck
and more standard features mark this
model for 2004, such as a trailering
package and tire pressure monitoring
system, as well as XM satellite radio.
Muscle comes from a high-output 6.0-liter
V8 ripped to 345 hp.
new grand wagon measures even larger
than full-size Escalade - by 22 inches
in length with about 20 inches of extra
space at the rear of a cavernous cabin.
Call it the super-size SUV outfitted
with all of Escalade's lavish features
plus some class-capping muscle. It also
develops the highest gross vehicle weight
ratings (GVWR) and top trailer tow numbers.
gets Escalade's 6.0-liter V8 that's
good for 345 hp. To translate all of
that torque into propulsion, the engine
employs a heavy-duty four-speed automatic
transmission and all power is sent to
all wheels through the constantly-engaged
rows of leather-clad seats provide room
for seven people plus generous cargo
space in the rear bay. A Platinum Edition
applies premium features and materials,
such as accents in walnut burl wood
and chrome, with premium communications
gear standard like OnStar telecommunications,
a Bose audio system and DVD-based video
kit for rear seat riders as well as
XM satellite radio.
exterior colors mark the ESV Platinum:
White Diamond, Black Raven, Quicksilver
and Red E.
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