What is it?
Cadillac’s comeback car which, along with the CTS saloon, will relaunch the moribund US luxury brand on the UK.
The new BLS Wagon is an estate version of the BLS saloon, a car that’s been on sale since 2005, but hardly made any impact with UK buyers. Based on the Saab 9-3, the BLS Wagon has a new roof, new glass and new sheetmetal from the B-pillar aft. It’s a few millimetres longer than a BLS saloon, but that’s merely down to the design of the new rear bumper. Otherwise, it’s identical to the saloon, including the suspension and interior.
Engines are also shared with the saloon and include a 148bhp 1.9-litre TD and soft-turbo 2.8-litre V6 petrol at the top of the range. A key new diesel is the twin-turbo 1.9 D, which makes 178bhp and a hefty 294 lbft.
What’s it like?
American-style, with a European flavour to the handling and performance, best sums up the BLS. The Wagon’s crisp-edged sheetmetal has great presence and the cheese-cutter grille can’t be confused with any other car.
The BLS’s strength is its motorway cruise when it’s pretty refined and relaxed, largely because the twin-turbo diesel delivers its power smoothly and effectively. It’s not so at home on back roads, though, even with sport suspension , a set-up that’s near identical to Saab’s Aero chassis.