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Cadillac BLS

2006 Cadillac BLS

A Saab in Drag.

Traditional Saab are likely unhappy with the way Motors is treating their There was that rebadged that reworked Chevrolet and now comes the prospect that will be made just everywhere but Sweden.

Cadillac too might begin questioning global strategies when the Cadillac BLS debuts. For starters, the Caddy sedan gets a diesel, a manual gearbox, and drive. And to add insult to injured pride, the BLS is based on the Saab 9-3 and in Sweden.

According to GM, BLS is an acronym that for B-segment Luxury Sedan, but partial to the unofficial interpretations: Bit Saab and Bob Lutz Special especially amusing. Lutz, veteran product czar, a clever trick with the

He and just about everyone at GM been telling us for years there aren’t enough sport-coat-wearing professors to give an enviable sales volume and Saab’s Swedish factory has working below capacity. BLS will give the Cadillac another car to sell in Europe and a one at that and it will keep the busy.

Lutz sees European as crucial to confirming Cadillac’s as a premium car company. The transformation of the 9-3 to the Cadillac BLS is for the most part successful. If one weren’t told the roof and greenhouse were over intact from the it might never be suspected. The of the sheetmetal belongs only to the BLS and has an creased look that from the CTS’s playbook. the changes are subtle but well

The ignition moves from the seats to the steering column, extra wood, and the center has its own look.

Under the hood are a bit more familiar. Three are available: Saab’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the more powerful 2.8-liter V-6, and the aforementioned turbo-diesel four-cylinder. Not surprisingly, the BLS a lot like, well, really, like a Saab 9-3.

are some chassis changes and insulation, but the experience is pure

Whether this Caddy will probably depend on how marketed. In Europe the Cadillac is unusual and daringly different the more obvious choices BMW and Furthermore, GM is confident that no will ever cross-shop a and a Cadillac.

We suppose that sense, since the two brands never made any competing in Europe.

Potential cross-shopping be an issue in the U.S. as the BLS isn’t here. We were surprised to its eventual replacement will be a car will sell in all markets, the U.S. That replacement be less than four away and will likely be on the second generation of the current Epsilon architecture. If thoughts of are now dancing in your head, fret.

Cadillac product director Howell has a picture of the Cimarron on his wall with a caption reads, Lest we forget.

TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-door sedan

Cadillac BLS

PRICE $34,870

ENGINES: turbocharged and intercooled 16-valve 1.9-liter diesel 150 hp, 236 lb-ft; DOHC 16-valve inline-4, 175-210 hp, 195-221 turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 2.8-liter V-6, 255 hp, 258 lb-ft

5- or 6-speed automatic with shifting, 5- or 6-speed manual

Wheelbase: 105.3 in Length: in Width: 69.0 in Height: in

Curb weight: 3200-3600 lb

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