With the Cadillac CTS obviously moving upscale, and competitors like BMW with their new 1-Series, AND with the fact that Cadillac technically doesn’t even have a 3-Series or Mercedes C-Class competitor, it’s time for a new, smaller entry level offering. In case you didn’t know – while the CTS may compete with the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class on price, it’s sized more like a 5-Series and E-Class.
So here’s the Cadillac BLS, currently sold in Europe, which shares the Epsilon platform with the Saab 9-3. The BLS is a front wheel drive vehicle that comes with either a 175 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder or a 2.8 liter turbo V6 rated at 255 horsepower. As an option, there’s a 1.9 liter direct injection turbodiesel good for 150 horsepower.
The Cadillac BLS design was conceived by an international team of designers led by GM’s Vice President of Design Ed Welburn. The vehicle has clear, sharply defined contours, striking wedge shape and an elegant interior.
“The most striking feature is the vertical lines at the front and rear,” said Welburn. “The V-shaped chrome-plated grille, a Cadillac cue, is picked up again by the trunk lid. The large side faces communicate a sense of strength and solidity.”
The BLS also features jewel-like headlamps, fog lamps integrated into the body-colored bumper and a wide air intake below the grille. A narrow chrome strip runs along the lower edge of the side windows. The latest LED technology is used in the center high-mounted brake light, which is prominently positioned on the trunk lid and extends across the vehicle. It also functions as a spoiler. The vertical taillights leave no doubt the BLS is a Cadillac.
The chassis, which has McPherson struts in front and a four-link rear axle, is designed for the powerful engines and the high demands of a premium vehicle. The chassis tuning ensures dynamic handling performance without compromising comfort.
With gas prices constantly on the rise, and new CAFE regulations coming into play, this new entry-level Cadillac may be a very wise move…