The Saab 9-3-based Cadillac BLS will be unveiled at the Frankfurt show
31 August 2005

Cadillac's UK market onslaught gets a boost next spring when the new BLS saloon goes on sale. Based on sister GM brand Saab's 9-3, the BLS provides Cadillac with a new entry-level model, and the good news for British buyers is that, like its bigger brother CLS, the new car will be available in right-hand drive.

The front-drive BLS shares the 9-3's MacPherson strut front and four-link rear suspension and borrows a quartet of engines from its range. The 148bhp 1.9-litre turbodiesel will be Cadillac's first oil-burner, while petrol fans get 173bhp and 207bhp 2.0-litre turbos and a range-topping 2.8 turbo, which shares the Vectra VXR's 252bhp tune.

Despite its Swedish underpinnings, the BLS's styling is distinctively Cadillac thanks to attention from GM vice president of design Ed Wellburn. Fronted by the familiar V-shaped grille and jewel headlamps, and finished with CTS-style vertical taillamps and high-level brakelight/spoiler, the BLS bears a strong resemblance to its costlier siblings.

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