Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Upscale as ever, Cadillac DTS sedan bespeaks elegance

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PRICING: The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Cadillac DTS sedan starts from $41,525. Destination charges add $820.

EPA FUEL ECONOMY: (LD8) 17 city⁄25 hwy; (L37) 17 city⁄24 hwy.

Extensively redesigned and renamed last year, the DTS continues the legacy of the DeVille, its former iteration and nameplate volume leader while carrying the automaker into an exciting new future. From its Cadillac signature exterior styling and luxurious interior to its powerful, refined ride characteristics, the new DTS represents the nameplate's most current thinking with respect to luxury, safety and convenience technologies.

For 2007, the DTS will highlight OnStar’s new generation of in-vehicle software with the availability of Turn-by Turn Navigation. As the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system,

Power for the large Cadillac is produced by the technologically advanced Northstar 4.6L V8 prime mover and joined to the Hydra-Matic 4T80-E four-speed automatic transmission. The Northstar engine is available in two configurations: the standard LD8 and the L37 (Northstar NHP). The L37 version is a responsive, higher revving powerplant with more peak horsepower. The LD8 places more emphasis on quick launch and part-throttle response with greater peak torque.

Inside the cabin, occupants are treated to a sophisticated interior that incorporates a clean, sculpted contemporary design featuring genuine materials, fabrics and low-gloss, tactile surfaces. Refinements to the luxurious interior includes dual-firmness seating engineered for comfort and support with an additional one-inch of seat travel; available real burl wood garnish; a lowered and more forward-positioned instrument panel for increased spaciousness; a new analog clock, soft-backed, cast urethane surfaces on the instrument panel and upper doors, and an integrated center stack design for a clean, uninterrupted appearance. Modern “white cool“ cabin lighting adds to the upscale experience.

-Motor News Medi