The Cadillac BLS Wagon will make its world premiere at the IAA
International Motor Show, 13 to 23 September in Frankfurt, Germany. In
addition to its first offering of a station wagon, Cadillac is
announcing it will offer an alternative, bio-ethanol-fuel engine for
the BLS Sedan and Wagon. Both moves demonstrate Cadillac’s commitment
to continued growth in the European market. Sales of the BLS Wagon
throughout Europe will commence in November 2007. The
bio-ethanol-powered BLS will be available at start of sale.
Bio-Ethanol power option for BLS
The BLS Wagon and Sedan models will be the first Cadillac models to be
offered in Europe with the option of low-emission, bio-ethanol engines.
Bio-ethanol is in use today in the USA and Brazil as an alternative to
traditional gasoline fuels. The BLS with Bio-Ethanol power will go on
sale in November 2007.
New diesel engine
The front-wheel-drive BLS Wagon is offered with the same range of power
units as the BLS sedan, giving the choice of a turbo-diesel and three
turbocharged gasoline engines. In addition, a powerful 1.9L
four-cylinder two stage turbo-diesel engine with common-rail
direct-injection delivers 132 kW (180 hp) and 400 Nm of maximum torque.
Depending on engine specification, the BLS
Wagon offers the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a five-
or six-speed automatic transmission. For BLS models equipped with an
automatic transmission, a standard Sport Mode button allows the driver
to select a sportier transmission shift pattern.
The range of gasoline engines includes two 2.0L four-cylinder
turbocharged units developing 129 kW (175 hp) and 154 kW (210 hp). A
high-tech, 2.8L V-6 developing 188 kW (255 hp) features a twin-scroll
turbocharger and variable phasing of the intake camshafts.
Expressive Design and Versatility
As the first station wagon in Cadillac’s 104-year history, the BLS
Wagon marks a new milestone for the brand. Clear, crisp and sharply
defined contours, characteristic Cadillac design features, a striking
wedge shape that is emphasized by the tapered lines of the side windows
all make the Cadillac BLS Wagon an appealing new entry in the midsize
station wagon segment.
“The BLS Wagon is an
appealing addition to the Cadillac portfolio for customers seeking
dramatically designed luxury vehicles that offer versatility and
performance along with outstanding ride and handling characteristics,”
said Cadillac General Manager Jim Taylor. “We think it will do well in
many European markets where consumers desire a high degree of
versatility and functionality in their vehicles.”
From the front bumper and Cadillac hallmark V-shaped chrome-plated
grille, to the trademark vertical tail lamps with the latest LED
technology and rear bumper, the Cadillac BLS Wagon measures 4716 mm,
compared with 4680 mm for the BLS sedan. At 2038 mm wide (including
exterior rear view mirrors) and 1543 mm in height (including roof rails
and roof antenna), the BLS Wagon combines a compact, sporty shape with
a high degree of versatility and functionality.
The BLS Wagon interior is highlighted by a three-spoke leather steering
wheel and an analog clock in the center stack. The circular instruments
have white numerals and red needles on a black background.
State-of-the-art infotainment systems include high-quality audio units
from American sound specialist Bose, a DVD navigation system with
touch-screen operation, a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone system with a
hands-free kit and remote controls on the steering wheel.
The Cadillac BLS Wagon offers plenty of interior space to support a
wide variety of luxury and leisure interests. With the rear seats in
use, the boot measures 419 liters loading space, with an additional 12
liters below the floor. With the rear seats folded down, the total
amount adds up to 1285 liters of flexible and versatile cargo space.
Comfort and driving dynamics
The chassis of the BLS Wagon has been developed to provide both the
agility and comfort customers expect from a Cadillac. Fine tuning of
the McPherson struts in front and a four-link rear axle ensures dynamic
handling performance without compromising ride or load capacity.
BLS Wagon available in Europe in November 2007
The Cadillac BLS Wagon will be in European Cadillac showrooms in
November 2007, shortly after world début at the IAA International Motor
Show in Frankfurt, (13 - 23 September 2007). It has four levels:
Business, Elegance, Sport and Sport Luxury.
The standard “Business” trim level offers 16-inch alloy wheels,
Cadillac’s StabiliTrak electronic stability program engine immobilizer,
front, side and head curtain airbags, driver trip computer, three-spoke
leather steering wheel with control buttons, cruise control, air
conditioning, a seven-speaker audio system with CD player and “Piano
Black” interior decor trim.
trim level “Elegance” features additional standard equipment,
including, wipers with rain sensors, eight-way power seats, dual-zone
climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels. Red walnut wood veneer trim
enhances the interior decor.
The Cadillac BLS
“Sport” adds 18-inch wheels and lowered sports suspension for the front
MacPherson struts and four-link rear axle. The chassis tuning ensures
dynamic handling performance without compromising comfort. The BLS
Sport interior is highlighted by the use of stylish aluminum trim
instead of wood and the circular instruments have white numerals and
red needles on a black background.
Luxury” level is available in combination with the 2.8 V6 engine and
the 1.9 Turbodiesel engine. In addition to the “Sport” content, it
includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, heated and electrically adjustable leather
seats with memory function and wood trim, instead of aluminum trim.