- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 8, 2007

The DeVille was long heralded as the luxury symbol for the Cadillac marque.

For all intents and purposes, and conceptually, the newest iteration of Cadillac’s benchmark, luxury sedan will still be a De-Ville, but it will be called the DTS as part of the marque’s single-model market strategy (one exterior, one interior, but with several option packages).

The old DeVille has been externally enhanced in keeping with the rest of the stable’s signature appearance, while the interior design is all-new.

Power for the DTS will come from a technologically advanced Northstar 4.6 liter V-8, which will be available in two configurations: a 291-horsepower L37 version; and a 275-horsepower LD8, both of which mate to a HydraMatic 4T80-E four-speed automatic transmission for gear transitions, with power delivered to the front wheels. The L37 revs higher and delivers more peak horsepower, while the LD8 places a greater emphasis on a quick launch and part-throttle response with greater peak torque.

The chassis also benefits from refinement, featuring an all-new front cradle design, with the engine mounted to the cradle and the cradle mounted to the body rails. Integrated chassis control features include: four-channel anti-lock brakes and traction control, four-channel StabiliTrak with brake assist, and Magnetic Ride Control. Wheel and tires are larger, as are the brakes.

Moving inside, one will enjoy heated and cooled seats up front, with heated seats aft. The wood-and-leather steering wheel is heated, too, and there is trizone climate control. It’s possible to start the engine before you even reach it, via remote start on the key fob, with safety features to prevent children from driving away without you. The DTS is loaded with a most impressive list of equipment and features as standard fare to enhance one’s security and comfort, with advanced built-in communications technology, including MP3 capability.

OnStar is standard, but now with “Turn by Turn” route assistance available, and XM satellite radio ready to go with a nominal subscription fee.

The interior of the test DTS was finished in Cashmere, accented by polished wood trim pieces highlighted by chrome.

The base price was set at $43,695, while the Sun and Sound Package, premium paint and destination charge moved the final tally up to $46,780.

The 2006 Cadillac DTS four-door, Luxury II sedan will be sold in the U.S. and Canada, and will be exported for sale in Mexico, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

It is an expressive sedan that builds upon the appeal and strengths of the well-known Cadillac brand.

Still a DeVille at heart, the DTS comes to market with performance, comfort and luxury in mind, with considerable attention given to precise fit and finish, and with high quality levels.

The top-of-the-line Cadillac sedan is no longer a float-and-roll road craft as were DeVilles of yore, but rather a stylish, powerful luxury cruiser, at home in urban or suburban settings.

Power delivery is instantly responsive and romping on the accelerator will readily spin the front tires on takeoff.

The DTS marks a worthy return to the traditional, legendary luxury status of Cadillac.

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