CADILLAC New Car Model Guide
Cadillac is the marque that caps all styling and technical innovations at General Motors. In 2009, look for a new design on Cadillac's CTSv muscle car to forge the quickest and strongest Cadillac in the brand's 106-year history. Also new is the Escalade Hybrid, the world's first fuel-saving hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) derived from a full-size luxury SUV.
Cadillac's large-scale luxury sedan in front-wheel-drive (FWD) format 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 through GM's Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic. Safety systems and chassis control technologies include six standard air bags, StabiliTrak and Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). Two available safety devices – Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert – bring audible and visual warnings to improve driver awareness. The Platinum Series for DTS loads up on luxury gear with handcrafted leather seats and elegant trimming.
The mid-size touring sedan by Cadillac presents edgy package styling, powerful engine choices and exacting mechanical hardware mounted on a rigid rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform to deliver world-class handling traits for those who love to drive. Standard powertrain is a 3.6-liter Direct Injection V6 with variable valve timing (VVT) for 302 hp or the NorthStar 4.6-liter VVT V8 zipped to 320 hp. Both show all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction as an option. Optional is a Performance Handling Package with StabiliTrak skid controller tied to active front steering and Brembo brakes, while the Platinum edition scores upgraded luxury touches and chrome-finish wheels.
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 v-badge STSv brings supercharged performance from a NorthStar 4.4-liter V8 boosted way up to 469 hp. The plant mates with GM's Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. Enhancements include a larger front grille in stainless wire mesh and ducts in the lower fascia to cool big brakes.
This sports sedan made history in 2003 as the first rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle in Cadillac's fleet since 1979 and the first with a manual transmission on a RWD Caddy in half a century. A makeover in 2009 for the Generation 2 CTS produced a new package with a bold front grille patterned after the Cadillac Sixteen concept car. CTS for 2009 repeats with RWD or AWD traction options and a V6 powertrain. The 3.6-liter Direct Injection VVT V6 hits 304 hp and works with a six-speed manual shifter by Aisin or GM's Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic.
The performance version of CTS puts Corvette's new LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 below the hood with a TR6060 six-speed manual shifter by Tremec or the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed electronic automatic. The supercharged engine produces 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque, muscle numbers which rank this CTSv as the most powerful Cadillac ever. Brakes to counterbalance the car's go-power get serious with six-piston Brembo calipers in front and four-piston Brembo calipers in back. Also, there are electronic connections to anti-lock (ABS) and traction control (TCS) devices, plus StabiliTrak skid controls and Cadillac's MRC suspension magic.
Riding on Corvette's platform, Cadillac's two-seat luxury 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. Pedal power stems from a NorthStar 4.6-liter VVT V8 pumping 320 hp through the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic. A single edition appears in 2009 XLR Platinum wearing 18-inch chrome wheels and outfitted with a fresh cockpit lined in hand-cut and sewn leathers.
Cadillac's XLR sports car is the foundation for a special v-badged performance model. XLRv stocks a supercharged 4.4-liter NorthStar V8 with 443 hp through GM's six-speed 6L80 electronic automatic. XLRv moves on 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 that resemble camera lenses mounted on vertical corners.
Cadillac's mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) rides on a car-based platform and offers RWD or AWD traction. Engines include the 3.6-liter V6 VVT for 255 hp or the 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 ties 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.
Cadillac's full-size SUV stretches more than 18 feet in length and tip scales just shy of three tons. It carries a leather-wrapped cabin with seats for seven and upgraded materials in tonal treatments of Ebony or Cocoa-on-Cashmere. Either RWD or AWD traction applies through a huge aluminum 6.2-liter V8 VVT engine to deliver 403 hp. Equipment includes a power liftgate and rear parking assist, with options for a deluxe Bose audio system and DVD video entertainment kit. The ultra-luxury Escalade Platinum edition gains enormous 22-inch alloy wheels and carries the trappings of an uber-luxury coach.
Extending 21 inches longer than Escalade, ESV is a super-size SUV dressed with Escalade's lavish features and 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 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.
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, which reaches to 403 hp, while AWD traction is stock to the EXT.
This variation of Cadillac's full-size SUV is a new HEV stocking a dual-mode hybrid propulsion system, which integrates an automatic transmission with a hybrid-electric drive system. At low speed, Escalade Hybrid can move using the electric motor or the gas-fired V8 or a combination of the V8 and electric motor. At highway speed, the second mode works with all eight cylinders of the gasoline engine pumping when commanded, or with only four cylinders firing through GM's Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology to pare the number of cylinders engaged in the combustion process and conserve on fuel.
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