CADILLAC PRODUCT RESURGANCE CONTINUES WITH ALL-NEW DTS, STS-V AND XLR-V PERFORMANCE VARIANTS
Few automotive brands have achieved what Cadillac has in recent years – a complete product renaissance and extreme makeover of dramatic proportions. All along, t he first and most important objective has been to develop compelling, high-quality vehicles with bold design, breakthrough technology and world-class performance.
In doing so, Cadillac has carefully preserved the qualities relevant to luxury consumers and translated them into products with the performance, features and benefits that appeal to 21 st-century buyers.
For the 2006 model year, Cadillac refines its lineup and debuts the all-new DTS, STS-V and XLR-V.
DTS. The latest Cadillac passenger car, the DTS front-wheel drive large luxury sedan features Cadillac-signature exterior styling, a luxurious interior and powerful, refined ride characteristics. It is equipped with the Northstar 4.6L V-8 engine in two configurations and mated to the Hydra-Matic 4T80-E four-speed automatic transmission. The DTS replaces the DeVille, a longtime symbol of Cadillac luxury.
The DTS offers a smooth, quiet, refined ride, plentiful comfort, convenience and safety offerings and helps reinforce Cadillac’s long-standing reputation for safe occupant environments in premium vehicles.
STS-V. The STS-V carries the craftsmanship and sophistication of its STS sibling, but at an entirely different level. Designed for everyday driving, the STS-V delivers supercharged, rear-drive performance with an elegant design statement that is unmistakably Cadillac.
Its 4.4L supercharged, dual overhead cam Northstar engine produces 469 horsepower (350 kw) at 6400 rpm and 430 lb.-ft. (583 Nm) of torque at 3600 rpm (power and torque figures estimated). Numerous interior and exterior design changes brand it as one of the V-Series performance models.
XLR-V. The 2006 Cadillac XLR-V ultra-luxury, high-performance roadster sets new standards in power, performance and personal amenities, combining distinctive, bold styling with contemporary luxury, ingenious technology and rear-wheel drive performance.
Powered by the Northstar V-8 SC (supercharged), the XLR-V produces 440 horsepower (328 kw) at 6400 rpm and 425 lb.-ft. (576 Nm) torque at 3600 rpm – and the engine’s power is underscored by its ability to deliver 90 percent of its peak torque between 2200 and 6000 rpm. The Northstar SC also features variable valve timing that enables outstanding top-end performance while maintaining the expected refinement and quality associated with a luxury marque.
The XLR-V also features numerous performance, chassis and design enhancements.
CTS-V. The first V-Series vehicle, the CTS-V offers high-performance driving enthusiasts a serious, credible alternative to imports in the highly competitive, low-volume luxury performance segment.
For 2006, four-door, rear-wheel drive CTS-V receives a new engine, the overhead valve 6.0L V-8 LS2 engine (replacing the LS6). It produces the same 400 horsepower (298 kw) and 395 lb.-ft. (536 Nm) of torque, and achieves 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It does the quarter mile in 13.10 seconds at 109 mph. In addition, the power sunroof will now be standard equipment.
STS. The all-new Cadillac STS luxury performance sedan delivers precision craftsmanship, outstanding performance and sophisticated luxury in a distinctly American package.
For 2006, the STS receives several enhancements. All-wheel drive becomes available on the V-6 models. Bose 5.1 Studio Surround Sound with Navigation is now standard on the V-8 1SE package. In addition, STS has three new exterior colors.
CTS. CTS is a modern interpretation of the strikingly beautiful cars that made Cadillac famous. For 2006, the CTS features a new 18-Inch Sport Performance Package and 18-Inch Sport Appearance Package with performance tires and polished nine-spoke wheels; new performance brakes; revised suspension tuning and more.
Also, for the first time, Driver Shift Control will be standard on all 2006 CTS models with automatic transmission. The shifter has been specifically designed for precise shifter feel and responsive inputs to commanded shifts.
XLR. The XLR’s dynamic design and advanced technology has brought a striking new presence to the automotive spectrum. A luxury roadster with performance car roots, XLR underscores its visual statement with a performance-oriented chassis and structure, and a 4.6L Northstar V-8 VVT (variable valve timing) rear-wheel drive engine. This combination makes it the lightest, most powerful vehicle in its class.
For 2006, an adaptive forward lighting system, a first-time application on a Cadillac, improves night driving vision. In addition, XM Satellite Radio with hidden antenna is now a standard feature on all 2006 XLR models. The center stack includes more wood detail in the areas surrounding the CD opening and HVAC. Gold Mist and Infrared exterior paint colors replace Satin Nickel and Crimson Pearl.
SRX. The Cadillac SRX delivers performance and flexibility to the medium luxury utility segment in a distinctive package. Its smooth, nimble handling and cargo-carrying ability combine to create a utility vehicle that drives like a sports sedan.
For 2006, SRX features several enhancements, including a standard power rear liftgate; best-in-class step-over for easier vehicle exiting and an enhanced optional interior package with wood on the center stack. Also new is a Cashmere interior scheme and new exterior colors including Stealth Grey, Radiant Bronze, Blackberry and Infrared. Restyled 17-inch and 18-inch wheels have an aggressive design with six exposed lugs and prominent wreath and crest center cap.
Escalade. The Escalade symbolizes Cadillac’s commitment to bold, breakthrough products. But perhaps more importantly, it has served as a beacon for new buyers into the division and a symbol of Cadillac’s revitalization.
Its bold design is instantly recognizable as a Cadillac, and its Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 achieves 345 horsepower (257 kw) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm) at 4000 rpm. The Escalade is unchanged for 2006.
Escalade EXT . Like Escalade, the Escalade EXT sport utility truck has exposed the division to new generations and categories of buyers who might not have considered Cadillac in the past.
For 2006, two refinements improve the Escalade EXT. First, an optional power sliding tonneau cover opens and closes at a touch of a button. It covers the bed and replaces the three rigid manual tonneau covers. Also new is a sliding load floor, which holds about 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg) of cargo (late introduction).
The vehicle is powered by th e best-in-class Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 that cranks out 345 horsepower (257 kw) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm) at 4000 rpm. The engine links to the Hydra-Matic 4L65-E heavy-duty electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
Escalade ESV. The Escalade ESV has strongly positioned Cadillac in the large luxury SUV market. Combining power, size and strength with trademark Cadillac styling and technology, the full-size Escalade ESV complements its siblings, the Escalade and Escalade EXT.
The Escalade ESV’s Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 engine cranks out 345 horsepower ( 257 kw) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm) at 4000 rpm. That’s more than enough power to handle steep grades or a heavily weighted two-horse trailer.
Cadillac also has created the ultimate full-size luxury SUV with the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition, featuring a lavishly appointed interior, along with power, technology and a new level of sophistication.
Escalade ESV is unchanged for the 2006 model year.