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2007 New Car Model Guide: Cadillac Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


CadillacCadillac, crowning all styling and technical innovations at General Motors, continues to upgrade the brand to world-class status. The '07 collection highlights new designs for Cadillac's big sport-utility vehicles in three formats under the Escalade banner. Also, there are v-badged high-performance versions of CTS and STS sedans plus XLR the two-seat convertible sports car.

Cadillac DTS Sedan
2007 Cadillac DTS Sedan

Cadillac's large-scale luxury sedan in front-wheel-drive (FWD) format replaced the DeVille luxury car. It rides on a stretched platform and provides a deluxe cabin with extensive appointments. Powertrain is Cadillac's NorthStar 4.6-liter V8 tuned to 275 hp or 292 hp and channeled through GM's Hydra-Matic 4T80 four-speed automatic. Safety systems and sophisticated chassis control technologies for DTS include six standard air bags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, StabiliTrak with Brake Assist, and Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). Comfort and convenience items range from heated/cooled front seats to tri-zone climate controls and park assist equipment.

Cadillac STS
2007 Cadillac STS

Sleek and stylish featuring angular forms and crisp edgework, Cadillac's STS the mid-size touring sedan packs a forceful V6 or V8 engine and mounts exacting mechanical hardware on a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform to produce superb performance and handling traits. There are two versions in 2007, as defined by powertrain -- the 3.6-liter V6 with variable valve timing (VVT) worth 254 hp or NorthStar 4.6-liter VVT V8 zipped to 320 hp. Both show all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction as an option. STS V8 for 2007 gains GM's Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission for boosted performance and fuel efficiency.

Cadillac STSv
2007 Cadillac STSv

Cadillac creates a brand-within-the-brand for muscle cars sporting the v-badge -- that 'v' tacked to a model's alphabetical nameplate, perhaps to denote 'velocity.' In a bold design the STS mid-size touring sedan scores a v-badge treatment with supercharged performance from a 4.4-liter NorthStar 4.4-liter V8 pumping 443 hp. It mates with GM's new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. Body enhancements include a larger front grille in stainless wire mesh and ducts in the lower fascia to cool big brakes. There are three choices for paint -- Infra Red, Black Raven and Light Platinum.

Cadillac XLR
2007 Cadillac XLR

Riding on Corvette's platform, Cadillac's two-seat sports car reflects keen body shapes as a luxurious hardtop coupe which drops its lid with the push of a console switch. XLR's exterior theme of chiseled lines extends into the cockpit with sculptured bucket seats covered in leather and trimwork in polished aluminum metal plus lacquered wood. Go power stems from a NorthStar 4.6-liter VVT V8 pumping 320 hp through the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic. Two special editions debut in 2007 -- XLR Platinum and XLR Passion Red, adding a chrome grille and chrome wheels plus numbered sill plates.

Cadillac XLRv
2007 Cadillac XLRv

Cadillac's XLR sports car is the foundation for a special v-badged performance model. Like STSv, XLRv stocks the supercharged 4.4-liter NorthStar V8 with 443 hp through GM's new six-speed 6L80 automatic. XLRv rolls on new 10-spoke aluminum wheels in silver finish and sports a mesh grille up front, big Brimbo brakes, recalibrated MRC settings and revised suspension stabilizer bars. The aggressive face features a thick bumper lip, a prominent horizontal mesh steel panel in modern interpretation of the Cadillac egg-crate grille, and piercing optics with stacked round projector-type headlamps which resemble camera lenses mounted on vertical corners.

Cadillac CTS
2007 Cadillac CTS

This sports sedan made history in 2003 as the first RWD vehicle in Cadillac's fleet since 1979 and the first manual transmission for a RWD Caddy in half a century. The Sigma platform has an extended wheelbase and wide track with wheels set on corners. In the five-seat cabin, styling is a monochromatic treatment. CTS offers two powertrains. The base model stocks a 2.8-liter V6 VVT engine with 210 hp and a six-speed manual shifter by Aisin or GM's Hydra-Matic 5L40 five-speed automatic. Upgraded CTS supports a 3.6-liter VVT V6 pushing 255 hp.

Cadillac CTSv
2007 Cadillac CTSv

The performance version of CTS puts Corvette's 400-hp LS2 V8 below the hood and a T56 six-speed manual shifter by Tremec. To earn the v-badge, Cadillac's engineers re-tuned the suspension, stiffening all settings and dropping the rig slightly for a low-slung stance. Brakes to counterbalance this car's go-power get serious with four-piston Brembo mechanisms include big vented rotors in front and solid ones at the rear. Also, there are electronic connections to anti-lock (ABS) and traction control (TCS) devices, plus dynamic rear brake proportioning (DBP) and StabiliTrak skid controls.

Cadillac Escalade
2007 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac's full-size SUV gets a rigid new platform for 2007 featuring a wider track and lower center of gravity to enhance the ride quality and make maneuvering easier. The leather-wrapped cabin carries seats for seven with upgraded materials and tonal treatments of Ebony or Cocoa-on-Cashmere. Either RWD or AWD traction applies through a huge aluminum 6.2-liter V8 VVT to deliver 443 hp. Standard equipment ranges from rain-sensing wipers and a power liftgate to a remote-control starter and rear parking assist, with options for a deluxe Bose audio system and DVD video entertainment kit.

Cadillac Escalade ESV
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Extending 21 inches longer than Escalade, ESV is a super-size SUV dressed with Escalade's lavish features plus class-capping muscle. It also develops high gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) and tow numbers. ESV gets Escalade's 6.2-liter V8 worth 403 hp. The engine uses the new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with all power sent to all wheels through the AWD mechanism. Layout for the leather-wrapped cabin works three tiers of seats. Two buckets go up front, the second row houses power fold-and-tumble buckets or bench while a split back bench folds or pulls out like a rollaboard suitcase.

Cadillac EXT Truck
2007 Cadillac EXT

Escalade EXT has the big cabin of a four-door SUV like Escalade but also the abbreviated bed of a pickup truck plus a link between cab and truck bed in the cabin's fold-down rear gate. As a unique sport-utility truck (SUT), the EXT variation of Escalade can convert from a comfortable four-door and five-person SUV to a practical pickup capable of hauling cargo as well as passengers. Muscle comes from Escalade's high-output 6.2-liter V8 that hits 403 hp. New features include a tailgate with remote locking and unlocking.

Cadillac SRX
2007 Cadillac SRX

A luxurious new cockpit defines Cadillac's mid-size crossover SUV for 2007. SRX employs the RWD platform of CTS and offers RWD or AWD traction. Engines include the 3.6-liter V6 VVT for 255 hp or NorthStar 4.6-liter V8 VVT rated at 320 hp. A five-speed 5L40 Hydra-Matic automatic with Driver Shift Control (DSC) goes to the V6, yet the V8 in 2007 upgrades to the 6L50 Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic. Cabin layout reveals twin buckets in front and a bench for three on Row Two. An optional bench for two as a third row raises the rider count to seven.