NETHERLANDS: Cadillac designs first wagon
Cadillac has confirmed it will add a BLS wagon to its European range later in the fourth quarter of this year.
The BLS sedan is a completely restyled variant of GM Europe's Saab 9-3 models.
Noted Cadillac general manager Jim Taylor. "This is the first Cadillac wagon in our 104-year history, and we think it will do well in many European markets where consumers desire a high degree of versatility and functionality in their performance luxury vehicles."
An international team of designers, under Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design, created a wagon the company says has "a striking wedge shape that is emphasised by the tapered lines of the side windows.
"The whole team was very excited to apply Cadillac's design language to a wagon for the first time," said Welburn. "The V-shaped chrome-plated grille is picked up again by the shape of the rear window, and the body side character lines make it unmistakably a Cadillac."
The front-wheel drive BLS Wagon will share the sedan's turbodiesel and three turbocharged petrol engines. The 1.9L four-cylinder diesel engine, with common-rail direct-injection technology, is fitted with a maintenance-free particulate filter and delivers 110 kW (150 hp).
Six-speed manual transmissions and five- or six-speed automatic transmissions are available, depending on the engine chosen.