State-of-the-art independent suspension and stability system
The BLS is the first Cadillac in the premium midsize segment and its handling has been tailored specifically to satisfy the requirements of European and UK car drivers. As a result, this front-wheel drive model emphasises vehicle dynamics and driving enjoyment, and features a chassis tuned for agility. With a wheelbase of 2675 mm and a wide track of 1524 mm (front) and 1506 mm (rear), the BLS provides the right foundations for balanced handling. The fully independent suspension features MacPherson struts in front and a four-link system at the rear, which ensure that the BLS has dynamic handling without compromising ride comfort.
For BLS buyers who prefer an even sharper drive, the range-topping ‘Sport Luxury’ model comes with an enhanced handling package fitted as standard for UK models. The package includes a firmer sports suspension and 18-inch diameter wheels with lower profile 225/45 R18 tyres, plus a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The Cadillac BLS’s sophisticated all-disc braking system features state-of-the-art electronic aids. The StabiliTrak electronic stability system is fitted as standard on all BLS models for the UK market. In critical driving situations, this ESP-type system assists the driver in ensuring that the vehicle follows the intended course.
Luxurious Cadillac interior ambience and generous space
The BLS interior creates a 100 per cent Cadillac ambience, with luxury features executed in high quality fabrics and materials, and has gleaming decorative elements (in ‘piano black’ design) with tortoise-shell on the upper-level models. A red walnut wood veneer is available in combination with leather seats and heated and electronically adjustable front seats with memory for both driver and passenger.
The multi-adjustable front seats have a wide range of movement and the BLS cabin will seat up to five adults in considerable comfort. Adjustable head restraints and three-point seatbelts are provided for all five occupants. The boot capacity of 425 litres can be increased by folding forwards part or all of the 60/40 split rear-seat backrest.
12-strong model range for new BLS in UK
Cadillac’s luxury midsize BLS saloon promises customers high levels of quality and comfort with generous specifications across three equipment levels - SE, Luxury and Sport Luxury - plus highly competitive pricing, across the 12-strong model line-up.
The standard trim level, ‘SE’ includes: 16-inch alloy wheels, three-spoke leather steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning, one-touch front and rear electric windows, and seven-speaker audio system with CD player.
The intermediate trim level, ‘Luxury’, has all the above SE features, plus the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, auto rain sensor / wipers, driver and passenger eight-way adjustable powered heated front seat with memory, dual-zone climate control, leather trim and red walnut wood veneer interior trim.
The top of the range ‘Sport Luxury’ trim level has additional standard equipment which includes 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 R18 tyres, sports suspension, bi-xenon headlamps and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
Maximum protection and safety built-in to new BLS
With its combination of brisk acceleration, powerful performance, agile handling, excellent road holding, traction control, StabiliTrak and all-disc braking system with electronic back-up, the Cadillac BLS is fully specified with ‘active’ safety equipment to enable drivers to avoid everyday motoring hazards.
The BLS features a comprehensive range of ‘passive’ safety equipment in case an accident becomes unavoidable. Standard ‘passive’ features include: front, side and curtain airbags, ‘active’ front seat head restraints, head restraints and three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, plus pyrotechnic seatbelt tensioners and force limiters on the front seats and out-board rear seats.
UK Cadillac dealer network
Stratstone is continuing to expand its Cadillac & Corvette dealer network throughout the UK with the recent announcement of five new locations and the confirmation that seven more will be added, bringing the total number to 19 by the end of this year.
This continued expansion of the network of dedicated dealers providing full sales, service and parts support for Cadillac owners will strengthen further the presence of the brand in the UK.
The dealers are currently located in Birmingham, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Derby, Hagley, Leeds, Luton, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading and Swansea and full address and contact details for each of the dealers can be found on www.stratstone.co.uk . Additional dealers are expected to become operational during 2006 in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Northampton, Nottingham, Stockport and Walton-on-Thames.Published 2 April 2006