• Jul 6, 2010
According to a report out of China, Cadillac is planning to add the 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected Ecotec in-line four-cylinder as an option in the SLS sedan. The SLS, you'll recall, is an extended-wheelbase version of the STS built only for the Chinese market. The SLS will likely use the same 220 horsepower, 258 pound-foot version of the 2.0 turbo being installed in the Buick Regal/Opel Insignia.

The 2.0-liter actually offers more torque than the 3.0-liter direct-injected V6 already offered in the SLS and nearly as much horsepower as the 3.6-liter, so it should be a viable option for the big sedan. Considering that most of these cars are purchased for executives to be driven around in, absolute performance and driving pleasure might as well take a back seat to running costs anyway, right?

[Source: TheTycho]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This would never happen in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The 2.0-liter actually offers more torque than the 3.0-liter direct-injected V6 already offered in the SLS and nearly as much horsepower as the 3.6-liter, so it should be a viable option for the big sedan. "

      What? same HP? Are you sure?

      Also why not offer a diesel in that case.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe diesel passenger cars aren't allowed in China for environmental reasons
      • 4 Years Ago
      For backseat driving this car has adequate power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car has not aged well at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dunno It's still a sharp looking Sedan too bad they killed the Seville moniker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An extended SLS sounds very much like a HEAVIER car than a regular SLS and with a smaller engine, I just don't see the masses lining up to pay money for the worlds newest SLOWMOBILE. HORSEPOWER and Torque sells cars and more power or twist always means more desire to drive one and own one.

      Will GM put in the proper hardware/software to properly cool down the turbo's bearings after hot engine shutdown to increase engine & turbo life? Why bother?

      It may get a few more mpg on PAPER than a bigger more capable engine but in the real world where you have lean on the go pedal to merge onto a highway or climb a hill with people on board (only to be passed by an old NON turbo diesel bus), where is the desire to own or drive one?

      Diluting a premium brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No so sure that Mercedes is too happy about it being called the same as the Viper based SLS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Holden-sourced Buick Park Avenue they sell in China is 3.6L V6 only in all trims. Whereas in Australia it has a 6.0L V8 across the range. Large cars with small engines are more the norm than the exception it seems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Strange times indeed when GM's "corporate" engine becomes a 4 cylinder, not a V8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think they need Cadillacs in China. Its already bad enough that they got the Hummer.
      They just need to stick with bikes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        >They just need to stick with bikes.

        You mean like the ones all of us may be riding when China decides to cash in on our debt?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i can remember when cadillac had their own personality and their own engines... now they are just as bad as lincoln is, just a rebadged chevy or buick! the last time cadillac had a 4-cylinder it turned out very bad, wasnt popular! they obviously learned nothing from the 80's when everyone was putting smaller engines in bigger cars. smaller engines cant handle the stress that is forced on them and the transmission will be constantly shifting to find the right gear...next thing you know the engine and tranny are shot! why should cadillac be down graded when you have others like bmw who get worse mpg than cadillac and yet survive without a 4-cylinder in their lineup! even the 1-series has a standard v6. the chinese can keep it! on a different note though, i just heard that a large rear drive low-production car is a go.so in other words, there may be a larger car slotted above the upcomming XTS (the STS/DTS replacement). obviously i expect a v8, im just not sure what they would use, especially now that the northstar has just been discontinued, which is ok since there are more powerful engines out there and more reliable and better designed engines...god knows you dont locate the starter under the freakin exhaust manifold!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No current Cadillac passenger car (sedan, wagon or coupe) is a rebadged Chevy or Buick. They don't even share platforms with any Chevy or Buick (in the US for sure and I think even worldwide).

        The SRX and Escalade do both platform share with the other marques.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is what GM/Cadillac does any different than Honda/Acura, Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infiniti, VW/Audi,... The whole switch-swap of engines, platforms, parts and components isn't just a Ford or GM thing anymore. Everyone does it, and yes it dirties up what they're offering as their premium brand.
        On another note, I agree, Cadillac hasn't had a good track record of 4 banger offerings... ever. And I assume you can probably chalk this one up in that same category.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Torque is torque doesn't matter what size engine it's coming from.

        It's no different than when they saddle a 4500 lbs SUV with a 3.0 liter V6. As long as the torque is right the engine will NOT have to work hard to keep the car moving. I'm sure that's why they chose the 2.0 DI Turbo in the first place...for it's torque.

        Remember the 2.0 DI Turbo has more torque at lower rpms than the last generation Northstar 3.5 V6 which had 250 lbs torque.

        Even Audi is getting ready to drop its 3.2 liter for the 2.0 DI and Diesel engines because they can produce the same or more horsepower and torque with better gas mileage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2.0TDI doesn't provide nearly the same HP as the 3.2 gas engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Neil:
        The XLR is not a currently made vehicle. Nor is the XTS. You're right about the Lucerne, I should have left the FWD DTS out of the picture.

        Have you ever been in an XLR? A friend of mine had one. "sold as a Corvette" is an exaggeration. It was a platform share, not a rebadge. They felt and drove entirely different. All different exterior, all different interior, different engine (likely the auto transmission was likely the same, I never checked). Very similar suspension, but with different vastly different tunings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        um actually they do share platforms! the cadillac dts is also the buick lucerne-they even share the northstar v8... and the upcomming XTS will share its platform with the buick lacrosse-the concept even had lacrosse's wheelbase of 111.7 inches! the recently discontinued XLR was also sold as the corvette! get your facts straight spin cycle!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why any American should even consider buying a foreign made car; especially one made in China. Where is our loyalty? China already has more money and jobs than we do and I think we should support our own car manufacturers and keep the money in this country. We need it more than they do. What's wrong with people? I will never own a foreign made car as long as I live.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @walthamdan:

      This car may not have aged well in current form, but I believe it's a mild/moderate refresh away from getting right back into it.
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