New for 2009-Cadillac

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2008
  • After one-model-year hiatus, high-performance CTS-V model is all new for 2009

  • CTS-V features 556-hp, supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, new auto transmission with paddle-shift

  • CTS-V features standard Magnetic Ride Control

  • Hybrid version of Escalade debuts in Fall 2008 as a 2009 model

  • Escalade, ESV and EXT add new features, new flex-fuel capability

  • DTS adds minor styling changes, technical features, such as OnStar 8.0 with Bluetooth connectivity

  • STS/STS Platinum/STS-V return as carryover

  • SRX crossover utility vehicle is carryover

  • XLR receives new styling, enhancements, new colors; available only in XLR Platinum and XLR-V models

2009 Cadillac CTS

SinceĀ  its complete redesign in 2008, the 2009 Cadillac CTS luxury sedan is mostly carryover, again available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). The big news for 2009 is the all-new, performance-tuned CTS-V model which arrives in dealerships in the fall of 2008. The CTS-V features serious performance with its SAE-certified 556-hp, 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine; standard new Tremec 6-speed manual transmission (or available 6-speed automatic with paddle-shift control offered for the first time); Magnetic Ride Control; performance traction management; high-performance Brembo brakes; 19-inch forged alloy wheels; and Michelin tires. Recaro front performance driving seats are an available option. The CTS-V also features an electric parking brake for the first time. According to Cadillac, this gives the driver more legroom-which is essential for high-performance driving. Safety features include six air bags, 4-wheel disc with 4-channel ABS, electronic stability control, and traction control. Performance traction management is optional.

2009 Cadillac DTS

For 2009, the Cadillac DTS full-size luxury sedan is mostly carryover from 2008. Though a rumored single replacement for both DTS and STS (codenamed the DT7 project) won't arrive for a while (maybe in mid-2011 as a 2012 model), DTS will probably stick around through the 2010 model year. For 2009, the DTS adds new 17-inch Chrome Tech aluminum wheels; brake rotors with rust-inhibiting process; OnStar 8.0 with Bluetooth capability; body-color, roof-mounted XM satellite radio/OnStar antenna; and interior controls/trim revisions and enhancements. The DTS Platinum Edition also returns for 2009, with added premium features and special paint options.

2009 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV

A new hybrid version of the Cadillac Escalade arrives this fall, employing the 2-mode hybrid propulsion system that General Motors has co-developed with BMW and DaimlerChrysler. Under light loads and low speeds, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid will be able to operate on battery power alone. On the highway, the electric motors combine with cylinder-deactivation technology (GM calls their system Active Fuel Management) to conserve gas. Full power is available when towing or hauling heavy loads of passengers or cargo. The gasoline engine is a 332-hp V-8 unit with Active Fuel Management, capable of towing 5800 pounds in RWD or 5600 pounds in AWD. Regenerative brakes capture otherwise lost energy and are used along with the standard hydraulic brakes to slow the vehicle or bring it to a stop. Exterior badges identify the Escalade Hybrid.

The 2009 standard Cadillac Escalade will be able to run on either gasoline or E85 ethanol, or any combination of the two (customers can choose the flex-fuel model at no additional cost). Other new-for-2009 features include: available side blind-zone alert; new power-tilting steering wheel; standard rear-seat audio jacks; XM satellite radio with NavTraffic; and OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation with directions download. Escalade Platinum features unique aniline leather seats, and Platinum-specific appointments. A new interior color combination for the 2009 Escalade is Light Cashmere/Cocoa.

The 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 21 inches longer than Escalade, includes the same features as the standard Escalade with the addition of a DVD system and set of headphones with 8-inch flip-down screen for third-row passengers.

2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT

Like ESV, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup is carryover from 2008. EXT features a 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The 4-door, 5-passenger luxury pickup from Cadillac is only available in one trim: Sport Utility Truck. It features a Midgate, located behind the front seat, which can be folded into the cabin to expand the cargo area from 5 to 8 feet. A lockable, standard tonneau cover protects cargo bed items. A flex-fuel option, permitting Escalade EXT to run on gasoline or E85 ethanol (or any combination of the two), is available at no additional cost to consumers.

2009 Cadillac SRX

Again, the rumors run rampant about the future of the Cadillac SRX crossover utility vehicle. An enthusiast magazine first called the reported replacement the BRX, and then it was rumored to be the SRX, and now it may be called (reportedly) the CTX. Whatever it will be called, the SRX replacement won't happen for a bit. Look for it in 2009 as a 2010 model. For now, the 2009 SRX returns as carryover, featuring its standard Adaptive Remote Starting introduced in 2008. This system can start the SRX from 200 feet away, adjust the climate control system to individually programmed preferences, activate the defroster, and turn the optional heated/cooled seats on.

2009 Cadillac STS

The 2009 Cadillac STS will continue as a carryover model from 2008. As previously stated, the STS (and DTS) are rumored to be replaced by a single new model, codenamed the DT7 project, perhaps in 2010 as a 2011 model. For now, STS should continue at least through the 2010 model year. Four trims are available: V-6, V-8, Platinum (added in 2008) and STS-V.

2009 Cadillac XLR

Cadillac's luxury roadster, the XLR, receives styling and other model enhancements for the 2009 model year. Only two models are available in 2009: XLR Platinum and high-performance XLR-V. Platinum comes with a 320-hp, 4.6-liter, Northstar V-8 engine, while XLR-V is equipped with a 443-hp, 4.4-liter, supercharged, Northstar V-8 engine. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Changes to the 2009 XLR include new front and rear fascia, new side fender vents and distinctive hood with raised center section that was previously limited to the V-Series. XLR Platinum gets additional identifiers on the exterior, including revised rear fascia, new larger exhaust tips and new 18-inch alloy wheels. Three new exterior colors include: Black Cherry, Gray Flannel and Radiant Silver.

On the inside, there's new suede-like microfiber material in the headliner, in Ebony or Cashmere color. The upper instrument panel features new hand-cut and -sewn leather. There are also new instrument panel cluster trim rings and graphics, as well as new woodgrain trims and two metal trims. XLR continues to feature the latest in vehicle technology with its Magnetic Ride Control system, keyless access with push-button start, DVD navigation and entertainment, heated and cooled seats, head-up display and heated steering wheel. Also included is Adaptive Forward Lighting, which enables headlamps to swivel in the direction of the vehicle's steering, and adaptive cruise control. Other technologies include next-generation OnStar 8.0 telematics with hands-free voice commands and Bluetooth capability. The OnStar 8.0 system also features Turn-by-Turn navigation, Emap (powered by MapQuest), and destination download, a feature in which directions can be directly downloaded to the car's navigation system (eliminating the need to enter destinations manually).

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