PICS - Cadillac introduces the 2008 Cadillac BLS Wagon

Since the BLS is based on the Saab 9-3 it seems a no-brainer to ad some of the other Saab options to the BLS lineup
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Cadillac introduce a BL
station wagon that will be available for sale starting in November The BLS will also add the turbocharged E85 flex-fuel Saab BioPowe engine as a new option at the same time as the wagon. A new 1.9L tw stage turbo-diesel four cylinder with 180hp will be a furthe option
DETROIT - The Cadillac BLS Wagon will make its world premiere at th
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-fue engine for the BLS Sedan and Wagon. Both moves demonstrate Cadillac' commitment to continued growth in the European market. Sales of th BLS Wagon throughout Europe will commence in November 2007. Th bio-ethanol-powered BLS will be available at start of sale
Bio-Ethanol power option for BL
The BLS Wagon and Sedan models will be the first Cadillac models to b
offered in Europe with the option of low-emission, bio-ethano engines. Bio-ethanol is in use today in the USA and Brazil as a alternative to traditional gasoline fuels. The BLS with Bio-Ethano power will go on sale in November 2007
New diesel engin
The front-wheel-drive BLS Wagon is offered with the same range o
power units as the BLS sedan, giving the choice of a turbo-diesel an three turbocharged gasoline engines. In addition, a powerful 1.9 four-cylinder two stage turbo-diesel engine with common-rai direct-injection delivers 132 kW (180 hp) and 400 Nm of maximu torque
Depending on engine specification, the BLS Wagon offers the choice o
a six-speed manual transmission or a five- or six-speed automati transmission. For BLS models equipped with an automatic transmission a standard Sport Mode button allows the driver to select a sportie transmission shift pattern
The range of gasoline engines includes two 2.0L four-cylinde
turbocharged units developing 129 kW (175 hp) and 154 kW (210 hp). high-tech, 2.8L V-6 developing 188 kW (255 hp) features a twin-scrol turbocharger and variable phasing of the intake camshafts
Expressive Design and Versatilit
As the first station wagon in Cadillac's 104-year history, the BL
Wagon marks a new milestone for the brand. Clear, crisp and sharpl defined contours, characteristic Cadillac design features, a strikin wedge shape that is emphasized by the tapered lines of the sid windows all make the Cadillac BLS Wagon an appealing new entry in th midsize station wagon segment
"The BLS Wagon is an appealing addition to the Cadillac portfoli
for customers seeking dramatically designed luxury vehicles that offe versatility and performance along with outstanding ride and handlin characteristics," said Cadillac General Manager Jim Taylor "We think it will do well in many European markets wher consumers desire a high degree of versatility and functionality i their vehicles.
From the front bumper and Cadillac hallmark V-shaped chrome-plate
grille, to the trademark vertical tail lamps with the latest LE technology and rear bumper, the Cadillac BLS Wagon measures 4716 mm compared with 4680 mm for the BLS sedan. At 2038 mm wide (includin exterior rear view mirrors) and 1543 mm in height (including roo rails and roof antenna), the BLS Wagon combines a compact, sport shape with a high degree of versatility and functionality
Luxurious Interio
The BLS Wagon interior is highlighted by a three-spoke leathe
steering wheel and an analog clock in the center stack. The circula instruments have white numerals and red needles on a blac background. State-of-the-art infotainment systems includ high-quality audio units from American sound specialist Bose, a DV navigation system with touch-screen operation, a Bluetooth-enable mobile phone system with a hands-free kit and remote controls on th steering wheel
The Cadillac BLS Wagon offers plenty of interior space to support
wide variety of luxury and leisure interests. With the rear seats i 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 dbut 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.
The intermediate 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.
The "Sport 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. View the attachments for this post at: http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?p 57372#8957372
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