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Cadillac BLS Wagon: the lowdown

What does a fledgling brand like Cadillac do when it needs to expand its range in Europe? Simple. It nabs a compact exec estate from sister firm Saab, swaps the badge and some styling details, and hey presto - the new Caddy BLS Wagon.

The small estate will arrive in autumn 2007 costing around £21,500. Although Cadillac is relatively new to the European market, it has never sold a wagon in its 104-year history anywhere in the world.

So what's different from the Saab estate?

The BLS Wagon has the unmissable Caddy egg-crate grille, more perpendicular headlights, and the upright rear lights that have come to characterise the US brand; you won't mistake it for anything other than a Saab-derived special, though. Especially when you look at the spec sheet and spot three familiar turbocharged petrols and one turbodiesel:

• 173bhp 2.0 petrol turbo

• 207bhp 2.0 petrol turbo

• 252bhp 2.8 V6 petrol

• 148bhp 1.9 diesel

Although Cadillac hasn't released any interior pictures yet, it will obviously mimic the existing BLS saloon's. Its 9-3 lineage suggests 419 litres load capacity day to day, or 1273 with the rear seats flopped down. Prices and equipment will be confirmed later this year, but we know the Caddy will have a Bose sound system, DVD sat-nav with touch-screen control and a Bluetooth phone system.

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/first_officia...=567&page=1

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I think its the headlights that are off. They extend too far into the fender and are too large for such a small car. Are these straight from the BLS sedan...I haven't really looked at them.

The height thing seems okay, do you think it is the roof rails giving the perception of being too tall?

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i think its neat but i doubt it would fly in the US. We need a better SRX. Let the poseurs buy the X3 and 3 wagon. The 9-3 sportcombi does not need internal competition here.

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It shares its proportions with the 9-3 SportCombi. No shocker there.

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it's not bad but caddy needs the cts wagon to be more like the magnum with a "chopped" top look. if they keep this look all i'll ever think is whose riding around with the casket in the back?

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Just to show why GM still hasn't figured out alphanumerics yet: This should be a BLW.

On second thought, it's probaly better off a BLS Estate, since the BLoW joke kind of writes itself.

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That rising beltline and general roof shape... all SAAB. If I hadn't seen the SportCombi first, I'd like this better than I do.

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If the Sedan did not sell well, why waste the money on the "Estate" version? The detail of the Sedan's C-pillar area, one of its few strong points, is missing--to the detriment of this car. The roof rails are nicely done. Although he is not one of my favorite automotive pundits, this link takes you to a thought-provoking article that sums up why this added model was a complete waste for General Motors:

http://www.forbes.com/columnists/2006/11/1..._1114flint.html

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If the Sedan did not sell well, why waste the money on the "Estate" version? The detail of the Sedan's C-pillar area, one of its few strong points, is missing--to the detriment of this car. The roof rails are nicely done. Although he is not one of my favorite automotive pundits, this link takes you to a thought-provoking article that sums up why this added model was a complete waste for General Motors:

http://www.forbes.com/columnists/2006/11/1..._1114flint.html

Its Jerry Flint who cares!! The guy was propped up for the picture cause he is dead and completly out of touch with the real world That guy has hated GM forever. I don't value his opinion what so ever, but the BLS wagon doesn't look too bad I guess.

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