Cadillac models look to 1992

January 13, 1991|By Jim Mateja | Jim Mateja,Chicago Tribune

The 4-door Seville sedan and 2-door Eldorado coupe have been totally redone for the 1992 model year. They will sport new sheet metal and larger dimensions -- a slightly longer wheelbase and overall length along with more width.

Seville/Eldorado and DeVille/Fleetwood will become more similar starting in 1992 and continuing into 1993. That is, they will share more components as Cadillac prepares for corporate approval to build only Cadillacs at the Hamtramck plant near Detroit that also builds Buick Rivieras and Olds Toronados.

Cadillac has decided to unveil its 4-door Seville in this month, the 2-door Eldorado next month.

There was some speculation that Cadillac might put the cars on sale immediately rather than wait until next fall. The thinking was that the cars, at least the Seville sedan, might go on sale early to take away some of the edge now enjoyed by the luxury Lexus LS400 and Infiniti Q45 sedans and the expected popularity of the larger and more powerful Acura Legend.

The Seville STS luxury edition and Eldorado Touring Coupe performance model are selling well, but the regular Sevilles and Eldorados are not setting any sales records, especially Seville.

Sources say production schedules call for the 1991 Seville and Eldorado to be built through April before the conversion to the '92s, which would mean the earliest the cars could come out would be about Labor Day.

"We've been fighting for an early introduction on those cars," one local Cadillac dealer said. "If we can't get the cars early, we'd at least like the factory to come up with a short-term lease program so that consumers can lease the existing models and then be guaranteed first preference to get into a '92 model as soon as they come out in the fall."

Both Seville and Eldorado, at least for the first year on the market, will be powered by Cadillac's 4.9-liter, 200-horsepower V-8 engine, new for 1991. A new 4.6-liter, 32-valve V-8, the North Star, with horsepower ratings rumored in the 200-to-300 range, will power the cars after debuting in the Cadillac Allante midway through the 1992 model year.

In addition to more horsepower, the North Star reportedly will get dramatically better mileage than the 4.9-liter V-8.

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