First Cadillac turbo diesel, but only for Europe

We can add one more fuel saving vehicle to the list of the ones the U.S. won't see in a showroom near you anytime soon. The Cadillac BLS, produced at GM's Saab headquarters in Sweden on the Saab 9-3 platform, is a European-only Caddy positioned to compete in the mid-sized, luxury-car segment. The BLS is offered with a range of engines with displacements from 1.9 to 2.8-liters and maximum horsepower varying from 150 to 255. The Cadillac BLS with the 1.9-liter direct-injected, turbocharged diesel engine is really what stands out on this car, since it is the first turbo diesel ever offered in a Cadillac. The diesel engine offers an average fuel-consumption rate of 6.1 liters of gas per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to 38.6 mpg. This does not compare favorably with the 20.1 mpg fuel economy of the American made Cadillac CTS, powered by the 2.8-liter gasoline engine. While the article claims any type of diesel engine is a first for Cadillac, Eric Bryant reminded me that Cadillac used the infamous LF9 Oldsmobile 350 diesel back in the '70s.
[Source: Wired]

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