Another American invasion?

29 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Another American invasion?
Cadillac BLS

It is generally accepted in this of the world that American are dismissed as being not quite as as the European norm. It should that the new Cadillac BLS tested is not a worthy entrant into a marketplace already dominated by the of the accomplished BMW 3-series. the classy A4 and Alfa’s stylish new 159. then if I tell you that the BLS was specifically for European tastes?

we’ve heard that but the … punch is this: no dealer in the US will get to sell car.

It’s hardly that GM wants a bigger of the premium mid-size pie in Europe. the prestige of many of the badges, is a high volume, high sector equating to about two buyers a year. However, is quick to point out that it see itself as being a sales over here; in fact, the PR at the launch were refreshingly in saying that they actually know how many the UK are going to be able to sell.

could be a key ingredient if the Cadillac BLS is to be a in Europe.

On first acquaintance, the BLS scores Cadillac has had a design resurgence in years with sharp shapes now the norm across the punctuated by prism-like headlights and rear. The BLS is a successful design, the egg-crate grille with not be to all I personally like the rear quarter view on this car and it looks American in flavour, it is attractive with it.

Its proportions it a big-car luxury appearance, but it close enough to the 3-series it’s longer with a wheelbase. This can be seen in the overhang though it is not unattractive and for a decent sized boot. If a numbers anorak you’ll parity between the Cadillac dimensions and those of the current 9-3.

Funny you should the Saab. Well, you didn’t that GM could afford to go out and a whole new platform for a mid-size saloon it will only in Europe in numbers nobody can predict, did you? Especially not General Motors Europe has a parts bin to raid.

In fairness, the does share a few noticeable bits and pieces with the including switchgear, steering shape and most annoyingly the which should be a good integrating into the centre design when released, but it doesn’t work and its button is to use.

Saab parts aside, the team has made its own mark on the with plenty (but not too chrome-effect plastic and a ‘peak’ in the of the dash echoing that on the and boot lid. Crucially, the is tactile to use, which is a in this market segment. The BLS is also high on comfort.

Its were developed to be softer the Saab items and I had no complaints 100 miles at the wheel on mixed a decent driving position to hand easily too.

comfort is high on the Cadillac with damper and spring changed to ensure the BLS rides a more supple gait many sports saloons. To further with easing the journey, Cadillac spent a lot of its dollars on giving the BLS a better NVH (noise/vibration/harshness) than the Saab It shows; the BLS has commendably low wind and noise, the latter helped by the of bespoke tyres on some

With all this talk of and soft seats you’d be for thinking that the new BLS handles as as the USS Ronald Regan in stormy but you’d be wrong. We tried turbodiesel and range-topping 2.8-litre V6 over the course of two days, using the sweeping open of the Salisbury Plains. First the BLS is front-wheel drive, so we were not really engaging dynamics, nor was promising them.

However, the BLS in quickly, giving the feeling the rear is not just a pair of along for the ride. Even cornering is soaked up well restrained body roll and body control all round. The is nice and neutral, yet the BLS feels agile too.

We did notice individual wheel control some trickier surfaces was though. Where front-wheel cars usually suffer in to their rear-drive rivals is at the Saying that, the Cadillac BLS has a good level of communication the steering wheel, even if the provided is stronger than we is really necessary at speed. The of a communicative system as ever is the of some kickback over the potholes.

These comments apply to cars we tried, so it was unsurprising to that the ride and handling at GM were given the same for both cars, with a suspension package available at a date to interested customers. The Luxury’ tag on the V6 models does not to its chassis.

Though sales are modest, Cadillac appears to made all the right moves for By the end of 2006 there will be 175 throughout Europe (also in the Corvette brand). Take a at the line-up below and I think agree that it fits in with current European trends. The big seller will no be the diesel (Cadillac’s first The car we drove was the six-speed manual version.

I must admit to the car before looking at the specification and guessing that it had nearly such is its pace. In the BLS, may not sound like much, but to the torquey nature of the engine torque of 236lb.ft is available 2000 and 2750rpm) this car feels quick. The manual is slick too with few gearchanges needed to dispatch slower

In comparison, the turbocharged V6 engine with Vauxhall’s extrovert VXR) promises tyre-shredding with licence-losing potential, but in it turns the civilised BLS into a quick, but still civilised especially when bolted to the automatic ‘box, as in the car I tried. At no did this car feel like it was with a turbocharger, which is in terms of instant response. more of a manual gearbox of guy anyway, but I must say that I was not impressed by the smoothness of the auto, the manual override feature work well thanks to shift buttons on the spokes of the wheel.

As this story live, you can order your new Cadillac BLS from a dealer and the is quite comprehensive too. from the diesel and V6 models we there are two versions powered by a turbocharged petrol engine and 210bhp). It will be interesting to these later in the year to see Cadillac has maintained the lag-free of the cars we tested here.

early days yet for the new Cadillac but I’m not really taking a when I say that it should quite well. It is priced and offers something a little to the usual suspects. The BLS may have an badge stuck to the front, but its roots are showing through. BLS UK range overview

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