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(from General Motors
Press Release) ENHANCED 2008 CADILLAC STS DELIVERS SIGNATURE
STYLING AND ADVANCED PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY
NEW YORK – The 2008 Cadillac STS, featuring refreshed
signature styling inside and out; a new, standard 298-horsepower
(222 kW) V-6 engine; and a host of new vehicle technologies, debuts
at next week’s New York Auto Show, April 6-15, at the Jacob Javits
“For the past two decades, the Cadillac STS has been a showcase of
luxury, performance and technology,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac
general manger. “The new 2008 STS extends that heritage with a bold
new look, the debut of a new, high-tech standard engine and some of
the industry’s most advanced safety technology.”
Refreshed design, inside and out
With overall dimensions slightly increased, the new STS conveys more
of the design flair that has become a Cadillac signature. Up front,
the dual-textured, multi-faceted grille first seen on the Sixteen
concept and incorporated on both the Escalade and
soon-to-be-launched 2008 CTS, has been adapted to the STS, giving
the luxury performance sedan a more sophisticated appearance.
Vertically stacked headlamps with large, dual 70mm projector lenses
are encased in an aluminized, single-piece bezel. High Intensity
Discharge (HID) headlamps are now available on V-6 models.
Also available on V-6 models for the first time are Intellibeam
headlamps. The headlamps automatically switch gradually from high
beam to low beam when vehicles approach or the vehicle is
approaching taillamps. The lower front fascia is a new design, with
a new intake and grille patterned after current Cadillac ‘V’ cues.
New, narrower side marker lamps are added.
Similarly, side air extractors, again inspired by the Sixteen and
Escalade, are now incorporated in the front fenders of the STS.
New styling touches also include chrome-plated door handles and new
lower rocker moldings that blend into the lower line of the vehicle
for more presence and refinement.
At the rear, the new fascia is now body-color, and is highlighted
with the addition of polished, aluminum three-inch exhaust tips.
New, polished 18-inch by 8-inch aluminum 14-spoke wheels are
available. For these available wheels, Michelin W-rated, 235/50R18
tires are used up front, and the rear wheels are fitted with
255/45R18 all-season radials.
Inside, STS’s luxurious interior includes a new steering wheel with
available genuine Sapele Pommele wood trim. Sapele is an exotic wood
more commonly used in fine furniture and musical instruments. A
heated steering wheel also is available. The center stack of the
instrument panel is revised with the addition of wood trim that has
new metallic surroundings.
New, available features for the STS include a head-up display on V-6
models. The head-up display projects key driving information (such
as speedometer ratings) onto the windshield, enabling drivers to
keep their eyes on the road.
STS adds direct-injection V-6
For 2008, STS will be the first GM vehicle equipped with a new
3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine. The new base powerplant, with
298 horsepower (222 kW), delivers 40 more horsepower; and torque is
increased to 268 lb.-ft. (371 Nm) – up from 252 lb.-ft. (348 Nm) on
the current base engine.
The new direct-injected 3.6L will be mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L50
six-speed automatic transmission, the first pairing of this
transmission with a V-6 engine. Additionally, the STS V-6 will
continue to be available with all-wheel drive (AWD) for 2008.
Advantages of the new direct-injected engine include a 25-percent
reduction in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. Additionally, despite
the 15-percent increase in power, fuel economy is expected to
Lane departure technology debuts
Continuing Cadillac’s commitment to using advanced safety features,
the 2008 STS will offer new features including a new performance
handling package; enhanced variable-effort steering with StabiliTrak
on V-8 models; and new lane departure warning and blind side alerts.
The new performance handling package will be available for
V-8-equipped rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models and
V-6-equipped rear-drive models. The package includes 18-inch by
8.5-inch aluminum alloy, chrome-plated wheels fitted with new
P255/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport summer-only tires.
Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers provide enhanced braking,
with front rotors measuring 14-inch by 1.2-inch (355mm x 32mm)
coupled with 14.4-inch by 1.1-inch (365mm x 28mm) rear rotors. All
four rotors are vented.
In addition to controlling brakes and reducing engine power, the
latest iteration of StabiliTrak combines active front steering to
turn the front wheels into the skid when rear wheels lose traction.
The system includes a new steering motor assembly combined with
computer-driven electronic controls that measure wheel slippage at
all four wheels independently during acceleration, braking and
adverse road conditions.
To help alert drivers to maintain their position on the road, the
STS will be available with a new lane departure system. Controlled
by a camera located in the rearview mirror that reads the lines in
the road, the system will alert drivers when they have strayed into
another lane. Drivers will get both audible and visual alert cues.
Another new feature is an available blind spot alert system. The
radar-based convenience feature will provide drivers with a visual
alert that appears on the outside rearview mirror when vehicles
appear in a specified side zone.
The 2008 STS is expected to be available in Cadillac dealerships by
mid-summer. Introductory pricing will be announced at a later date.