General Motors is expanding its presence on the European market with new station wagon based on the current Cadillac BLS compact sedan. Looking a tad like a hearse thanks to its high roof, which is further emphasized by a pair of chromed railings, the vehicle will clearly scare away an older couple looking for a new estate and I highly doubt that the European use will like it, too.
Although 6 inches longer, the car shares its platform with front-wheel drive Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3.
Although looking much less agile than the sedan, the new 2007 Cadillac BLS Wagon can nevertheless be a nice choice for a European customer who always wanted to have a Cadillac but couldn’t afford the big one and could live with its rather grim appearance.
The cars will be available in the fourth quarter of 2007 with a choice of four engines: three turbocharged gasoline engines and a 1.9-liter direct-injection turbodiesel with a maintenance-free particulate filter, capable of delivering up to 150 hp of power.
The line of gasoline engines includes two 2.0-liter four-bangers, producing 175 hp and 210 hp respectively, and a 2.8-liter V6 a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable phasing of the intake camshafts pumping out some 255 hp.
The engines are mated with either six-speed manual or five- or six-speed automatic transmissions with a “Sport Mode” shift pattern.
Inside, the Cadillac BLS Wagon features an audio system from Bose; a DVD-based navigation system with touch-screen operation; a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone system with a hands-free kit; and remote controls on the steering wheel.
Its main problem is that you still can’t tell the BLS from the Opel Vectra when looking from a distance. The real problem, indeed.
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