The Caddy That Zags: BLS to Come to America?
As early as 2009, Cadillac could be bringing over an updated version of the current Cadillac BLS, sold only in European markets and based on the SAAB 9-3.
The updated version that we may get on this side of the pond would be based on the next generation of GM’s global midsized platform, the Epsilon Architecture. The BLS would also fall into the slot right under the CTS in all aspects, therefore replacing it as the Cadillac entry-level model.
At the moment, there aren’t very many details on the next-generation BLS available. However, here are some details on the existing BLS.
The BLSis a small luxury car designed specifically for the European market. The car is based on GM’s Epsilon architecture and is built in the same plant that builds the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 in Trollhättan, Sweden. Sales began on March, 2006, with a wagon version being added to the line for 2007. The BLS starts at approximately 27,000 Euros (roughly $30,000 USD).
- 1.9 L Fiat diesel I4, 120 hp (88 kW)
- 1.9 L Fiat turbodiesel I4, 150 hp (110 kW)
- 2.0 L Ecotec I4, high-output turbo, 210 hp (154 kW)
- 2.8 L HFV6 V6, turbo, 250 hp (184 kW)
Cadillac is also reportedly eyeing the possibility of introducing a second new model: a small crossover which would be powered by a four cylinder engine. We can only hope that, in either case, they have better luck with these than they have with the Cimarron and/or Catera.