The Cadillac Escalade hit dealerships in 1999 as a four wheel drive luxury SUV (sport utility vehicle). It wasn't the most unique vehicle, being basically a dressed-up GMC Yukon Denali, but it did have fancy gadgetry and features. This wasn't exactly what Cadillac had in mind for an SUV, but dealerships were getting very antsy watching Lincoln's sales going up with the Navigator selling so well. This model was only here until the "real deal" was ready. (Scroll past the Escalade pictures for information on the newer model.) In 2002, Cadillac dealerships saw the "real deal". The Cadillac Escalade with the "Art and Science" design. This was a very different SUV and became the desire of many, many wealthy people - especially Rap stars. No longer a Yukon Denali spin-off, the Escalade gets a 6.0 liter Vortec 6000 V8, which makes 345 horsepower and 380 ft lbs of torque. This is one of the most comfortable, luxurious trucks you'll ever sit in. There's plenty of room, the seats are soft and very comfortable, and the general feeling inside the cabin is "warm". Very friendly. Not hard and cold like so many trucks and even luxury vehicles are these days. Ride quality is very good with Cadillac's road sensing suspension and it's safe on the road with StabiliTrak and traction control. If you're looking for an SUV that's good enough for the rich and famous, look no further than the Cadillac Escalade.
The Cadillac CTS. A sharp, dramatic new design with incredible attention to detail. And a 255-horsepower engine with a five-speed manual transmission that takes you from 0-60 in less than seven seconds. MSRP starting at $29,990. The CTS-V brings you to 60mph in 4.6 seconds. That's a 13.1 second quarter mile at 107mph. The CTS-V starts at $49,995. Tax, title, license and optional equipment are extra. The Cadillac XLR hit dealerships in 2003 with Cadillac's all new look as the Catera replacement. With an spacious interior and excellent handling, this Cadillac quickly became a hit. Although the CTS competes, pricewise, in the entry-level sports sedan category, it's larger than most - closer to the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. 5 adults can fit comfortable in the Cadillac CTS. That's not so with the 3 Series BMW and Audi A4. Also note that this isn't your normal "Cadillac". If you're looking for the soft, cushy ride Cadillac is known for, this may not be the vehicle for you. The CTS is a true sports sedan with a tight ride and excellent steering. If you're looking for an alternative to German sports sedans (for a very reasonable price), the Cadillac CTS should be your first choice.
Cadillac Escalade EXT
Cadillac took the Escalade and genetically altered its DNA to produce a sibling. It's like nothing you've ever seen. 345 horsepower and 380 lb.ft of torque. MSRP starting at $54,210. Tax, title, license and optional equipment are extra. The Cadillac Escalade EXT hit dealerships in 2001 as an all wheel drive (awd) crew cab luxury truck. Essentially, it's a Chevrolet Avalanche with an Escalade facelift. This Cadillac takes on the likes of Lincoln's short-lived Blackwood luxury pickup truck. If you're looking for the combined practicality of a truck, the room of an SUV and the luxurious appointments of a Cadillac, look no further. This is an Escalade with a 5 foot 3 inch utility bed, lined with a cover that resists dents and scratches. Ride quality is very good with Cadillac's road sensing suspension and it's safe on the road with StabiliTrak and traction control.
Cadillac Escalade ESV
Introducing the most spacious addition to the world's most powerful full-size utilities.* Cadillac ESV is luxury on a grand scale indeed. MSRP starting at $59,680. Tax, title, license and optional equipment are extra. The Cadillac Escalade ESV hit dealerships in 2003 as slightly stretched Escalade in all wheel drive (awd). The ESV offers the most passenger and cargo capacity available in a full-size luxury SUV. Ride quality is very good with Cadillac's road sensing suspension and it's safe on the road with StabiliTrak and traction control. If you like big vehicles, than look no further than the ESV. It's the biggest automobile Cadillac has to offer. It fits seven (7) passengers comfortably. With only the 6 liter engine as an option, there's plenty of passing power and it's not a bad handling vehicle either. Body is kept under check with continuous adjustments made by the standard Road Sensing Suspension (RSS).
With a choice of two powerful engines, each with Variable Valve Timing, you'll never have to choose between horsepower and refined performance. The Cadillac STS V8 is the only sedan in the world to offer Magnetic Ride Control, the world's fastest reacting suspension system. With MRC, you'll never be forced to choose between precision handling and a fluid ride. MSRP starting at $41,740. Tax, title, license and optional equipment are extra. The Cadillac STS hit dealerships in late 2004 as the Cadillac Seville replacement. The STS can be had in a 3.6 liter v6, a 4.6 liter v8 and a 4.6 liter v8 with all wheel drive (awd). This is a complete luxury and performance package. Overall build quality and refinement has been much improved over the Seville model. Extra attention has been given to reduce road noise; quiet steel dash, triple door seals and airfoil windshield wipers make this the quietest vehicle GM has ever built. Heads-up display, active climate control, bluetooth wireless cell phone technology and an optional 15 speaker Bose 5.1 surround sound audio system make the STS a dream for many technophiles. If you're looking for a Cadillac than can keep up with the likes of Mercedes' E Class or BMW's 5 Series, look no further than the Cadillac STS.
The Cadillac DTS makes a statement. It's as sophisticated on the inside as it is on the outside. Take control of the road with refined elegance and power to spare. The Cadillac DTS presently comes in three packages: Standard, Luxury II, Luxury III and Performance. If you're looking for a very comfortable, roomy and powerful vehicle for a very competitive price, the standard DTS is quite impressive. If you need something that has more features and extra luxurious appointments, opt for Luxury II or III. If more performance is what you're looking for, then opt for the tighter handling, quicker accelerating Performance edition. If you'd like to get a really nice, long test drive in a standard Cadillac DTS, look to your local car rental agency. Even the standard Cadillac DTS is very impressive. Excellent power, smooth, comfortable ride, and handling that'll actually surprise you.
The Cadillac SRX can be configured with one of two powerful engines, either the high-power 4.6L Northstar V8 VVT in the SRX V8 model, or the dynamic 260-hp 3.6L V6 VVT, in the SRX V6 model. The Cadillac SRX hit dealer showrooms in 2004 as either a V6 or V8 car-based luxury "crossover" (hense, the "x") sport utility vehicle (SUV) or all wheel drive (AWD) luxury SUV. For an SUV, it's an excellent handling vehicle. This smaller SUV drives more like a car than a truck - and with the optional Magnetic Ride Control, handling is quite impressive. An optional extra-large UltraView sunroof makes things interesing - along with the DVD entertainment system. Another benefit of these smaller SUVs is gas mileage - basically the same as that of a regular car. If you're looking for a luxury SUV but want good gas mileage and a driving experience similar to a car, the Cadillac SRX is an excellent choice.
The Cadillac XLR brings high performance into the luxury arena with the 320-horsepower 4.6L Northstar V8 VVT. Stealth fighter-inspired architecture provides strong, agile, lightweight support. A true performance car. The Cadillac XLR hit dealerships in 2004 as a luxury roadster convertible. With it's Chevy Corvette underpinnings, it provides excellent handling and a retractable hardtop. Virtually every luxury feature comes standard with the XLR: traction control, stability control, high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, rear parking sensors, headlamp washers, dual-zone climate control, 250 watt sound system, seven-inch color touchscreen for driver information, entertainment and navigation. If you're looking for a luxurious automobile that handles excellent, has lots of power, has all the high-tech features you could ask for, has a near 50/50 weight balance, and turns heads everywhere it's seen, the Cadillac XLR fits the bill.
The Cadillac Cien was a concept car created by Cadillac and unveiled at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show. The Cadillac Cien had a 7.5 L V12 Northstar XV12 engine, which produced 750 hp. This experimental engine featured direct injection and Displacement on Demand, which allowed the engine to run on only six cylinders under light load. The Cien was designed at General Motors's Advanced Design Studio in England. The Cien's low, sleek style was inspired by the F-22 Stealth Fighter Aircraft.
The Cadillac Sixteen was a prototype of a stylish and high performance automobile first presented by Cadillac in 2003. The vehicle was equipped by a 32-valve V-16 concept engine displacing 13.6 liters and was mated to a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The engine featured fuel-saving Displacement on Demand technology, debuting in 2004 on some 2005 GM models, which shuts down half of the cylinders during most driving conditions and automatically and seamlessly reactivates them for more demanding conditions, such as brisk acceleration or load hauling when the driver needs the engine's full power. The engine was said to produce 1000 hp (750 kW) and 1000 ft·lbf (1350 N·m) of torque. The car was conceptually related to the Cadillac V-16 of the 1930's. The actual design of the car was a combination of Cadillac's current "Art and Science" design theme and 1967 Cadillac Eldorado cues. Additional original design elements were provided by an in-house design competition led by GM Vice President Robert Lutz. The Sixteen is also known to have the steering wheel logo carved out of solid crystal and a Bulgari clock on the dashboard. Although the Sixteen fell short (narrowly, by some accounts) of production approval, its legacy is alive in Cadillac's future product planning. The next generation of Cadillac products is expected to incorporate elements of the Sixteen's design. These influences are expected to range from styling cues to a possible scaled-down version of the car, which may be powered by a V8 or V12. This range-topper, which has not been formally announced, is often referred to as the ULS (ultra luxury sedan) when GM executives talk with automotive media sources. If built, it would compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series. There are plans to introduce a car very similar to this in 2009. It will have a base V8, and the top model will have a V12.
The Cadillac Catera was a compact automobile that was, essentially, a rebadged version of the 1994 model year Opel Omega MV6 made in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It was marketed in North America as an entry-level Cadillac, although it had more softened suspension settings than the original Opel. Since the demise of Cadillac's top-of-the-line Fleetwood in 1996, Cadillac wanted a third sedan. The Catera was brought to North America, and the DeVille became a top-of-the-line sedan, moving the Seville as Cadillac's middle-class sedan. Also, it was the only Cadillac built outside of the United States to come to North America by that time. The Catera debuted for the 1997 model year and was updated with a new nose, mirrors, HID headlights, and side airbags for 2000. Power came from a 200 hp 54° L81 V6 to the rear wheels, unlike all other Cadillacs of its day. The Catera was marketed to younger people with a "Caddy that zigs" tagline. The advertisements featured Cindy Crawford talking to an animated duck liberated from the Cadillac crest and shield logo. The car was smaller and had less power than other Cadillacs of the time. Though the car generally received good reviews from the automotive press, sales were poor. The car was too small to appeal to the marque's traditional luxury car buyers and failed to attract buyers away from the European luxury brands. Some compared the Catera's short and disappointing production run to the disastrous Cimarron of the 1980s. The duck's disappearance from the company logo altogether in 1999 may have been a reaction to this failure. The Catera, however, was dropped after 2001, replaced in 2003 by the larger American-made Cadillac CTS.
The Cadillac Allanté was Cadillac's first venture into the luxury roadster market and was sold from 1987 through 1993. The chassis of the Allanté was made in Detroit, then was loaded onto specially equipped jets and shipped to Italy where the body (which was designed by Pininfarina of Ferrari fame) was mounted to the chassis. Afterwards, the cars were loaded back on the jetliners and shipped back to the Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant in Michigan for completion. This led to a few interesting nicknames, such as "the flying Cadillac from Italy" and "the world's longest assembly line." The Allanté was initially priced at US$54,000, far above the price of any other contemporary Cadillac. Today's Cadillac XLR, also a convertible roadster, at roughly $70,000 is similarly priced at the top of the Cadillac range. Only 21,000 were built. The car was originally specified with a port fuel injected version of Cadillac's aluminum 4.1 L HT-4100 V8. The car originally used an independent strut-based suspension system front and rear. four wheel disc brakes were also standard. Power was up in 1989 with the new 4.5 L HT-4500 V8 which produced 200 hp (149 kW) at 4300 rpm and 270 ft·lbf (366 N·m) at 3200 rpm. The 1989 Allanté also received a new speed-sensitive damper system called Speed Dependent Damping Control, or SD²C. This system firmed up the suspension at 25 mph (40 km/h) and again at 60 mph (97 km/h). The firmest setting was also used when starting from a standstill until 5 mph (8 km/h). Another change was a variable-assist steering system.
In 1965, Cadillac renamed the entry-level Cadillac Series 62 the Calais, after the French resort town of Calais. It was available in 2 and 4-door hardtop versions as well as the "formal-roof" 4-door sedan, which was a hybrid with frameless, hardtop-like windows, but with a pillar between them. With the exception of having no convertible, the Calais line mirrored the slightly more expensive and well-equipped Cadillac Deville series. The primary differences between the Calais and the Deville were trim levels and standard equipment. While the Deville was delivered with such amenities as power windows and 2-way power seats as standard equipment, hand-cranked windows were standard on the Calais. These amenities were, of course, optional at extra cost on the Calais; in later years of the model's run, power windows were made standard on the Calais line, although a power seat was still optional even in the later-year models. Leather seating areas and vinyl roof trim were available on the Deville, but not on the Calais (although a very nice-grade vinyl and cloth, similar to what was seen on top-line Buick Electras, were available). Another item not available on the Cadillac Calais was the Cadillac-exclusive Firemist paint, an extra-cost metallic paint. Both the high-end Buick and Oldsmobile models shared the GM C platform with Cadillac. Cadillac, always General Motors' technology leader, offered all of their famous optional equipment, such as Twilight Sentinel and the GuideMatic headlight dimmer, on the Calais. In 1965, the new Turbo-Hydramatic, standard on the 1964 Deville, but not the lower-priced Series 62, became standard throughout the Cadillac range – even the Calais. The 429 in³ (7.0 L) V8 also remained the standard engine.
Cadillac's first foray into smaller cars, the 1975 Cadillac Seville, intended to answer the sales threat from Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, was a relative success, but the political and economic climate of the 1980s suggested a need for something smaller. A crucial factor was the advent of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements from the U.S. federal government, which severely penalized automakers if their fleet average fuel economy dropped below the minimum. Another was the success of imported compacts from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Although Cadillac had intended to introduce the Cimarron later in the 1980s, it was rushed into production early. The result was the smallest and, in many opinions, least-distinguished Cadillac model produced to date. GM had just introduced the J platform, an economy car platform shared across all passenger-car divisions. Each rode the same 101.2 in (2,570 mm) wheelbase and had the same basic MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, and all shared the same engines. The cars were largely identical, differing largely in styling details, features, and price. The basic body/frame structure used a unibody with a front subframe that carried the lower front suspension, engine, and transmission. This was refined for the Cimarron with the addition of hydraulic dampers between the subframe and the body in the interest of improving the ride and handling of the vehicle. The Cimarron, introduced on May 21, 1981, was initially advertised as "The Cimarron, by Cadillac," rather than as a straight-out Cadillac. This hedging implied a lack of confidence from the division's managers about the car, doubt that would soon be echoed by buyers. The new compact Cadillac had a standard I4 engine and a four-speed manual transmission (Cadillac's first manual since 1953), with a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic optional. Power steering and air conditioning were standard. The high level of standard equipment pushed base price to US$12,181, nearly double that of its J-body siblings. While some motoring press critics had high praise for the car, it was coolly received by Cadillac buyers, and first-year sales were only 25,968, about a third what Cadillac anticipated. The Cimarron's compact dimensions did not appeal to traditional Cadillac buyers, and its humble origins did little to appeal to the buyers of high-priced imports. Consumers also thought it was absurd to pay twice as much for what essentially was a well-equipped Chevrolet Cavalier with Cadillac emblems, and thought General Motors should have developed a compact model specifically for Cadillac. Even though interior fabrics and craftsmanship were top notch, the Cimarron was further criticized for its standard four-cylinder engine (though a V6 engine arrived in 1985 and became standard in 1987). Even though the Cimarron had grown comparatively more refined by the end of its production run with more Cadillac-like styling to further distinguish it from other J-cars, buyers stayed away, and the car was discontinued after 1988 with a production run that year of only 6,454 units. The Cimarron's failure was part of a series of events that drove the division close to bankruptcy in the 1980s, and Cadillac had little more luck with its next effort at a rebadged small car, the Catera.