Cadillac DTS

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Cadillac DTS
06-07 Cadillac DTS.jpg
A Cadillac DTS in March 2007.
Manufacturer Cadillac (General Motors)
Production 2005–2011
Model years 2006–2011
Assembly Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S.
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 4-door sedan
4-door limousine
Layout FF layout
Platform G platform[1]
Related Buick Lucerne
Engine 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8
4.6 L Northstar L37 V8
Transmission 4-speed 4T80 automatic
Wheelbase 115.6 in (2,936 mm)
Length 207.6 in (5,273 mm)[2]
Width 74.8 in (1,900 mm)
Height 57.6 in (1,463 mm)
Curb weight 4,009 lb (1,818 kg)[3]
Predecessor Cadillac DeVille
Successor Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac DTS (DeVille Touring Sedan) is a full-size luxury car that was produced by Cadillac. The DTS replaced the Cadillac DeVille as Cadillac's largest luxury car for the 2006 model year. This renaming followed new styling conventions set by the earlier CTS and STS. The DTS remained in production until 2011. Its successor is the CT6, which will go on sale in March 2016.

The first version of the DTS was initially shown at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show on February 9.

Production and specifications

The DTS was manufactured at GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly factory from 2005 through May 2011.[4] The "Luxury" models were priced at US$46,280 for the 2010 model. Even though priced lower than the rear-wheel drive STS flagship, the DTS is longer than the STS.

One major feature change from the Deville to the DTS was the elimination of the standard 6-passenger seating configuration for non-limousine models. However, such capability remains an optional feature for fleet clients.[5] It had a square clock but circular gauges.[2]

The DTS incorporates the updated G-platform, however GM chose to continue referring to it as the K platform;[1] as denoted by the 4th letter in the VIN, and is powered by the 32V Northstar V8, which produces 275 bhp (205 kW) in "Standard", "Luxury" and "Premium" trims. The DTS "Platinum" is equipped with 292 bhp (218 kW) version.[3] The DTS has standard industry features including multiple airbags, xenon high power headlamps, leather seating, and power seats. Options include navigation system, Magnetic Ride Control (magnetic ride control on performance models only), moonroof, chrome wheels, heated/cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel. A fully loaded DTS costs approximately $55,000(US) depending on color choice and options. A new DTS Platinum Edition was released in 2007 with special interior trim, badging and other luxury features. GM phased out all GM badges from vehicles on the 2010.5 models, including the Cadillac DTS.[6]

File:Cadillac DTS-L 2007.jpg
2007 Cadillac DTS-L
Model Year Engine Power Torque
Luxury I, II, III
2006 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS) at 5200 rpm 292 lb·ft (396 N·m) at 4400 rpm
2007–2008 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS) at 6000 rpm 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) at 4400 rpm
Performance 2006 4.6 L Northstar L37 V8 291 bhp (217 kW; 295 PS) at 5600 rpm 286 lb·ft (388 N·m) at 4400 rpm
2007–2009 292 bhp (218 kW; 296 PS) at 6300 rpm 288 lb·ft (390 N·m) at 4500 rpm
Platinum 2009–2011
File:2008 Cadillac DTS·L.jpg
Facelifted version of 2008, with specially designed longer rear doors


Especially for the limousine market, the lightly stretched DTS-L was released in November 2006 for the 2007 model year. Developed and finished by Accubuilt, this version was being touted as having greater rear legroom.[8] Early DTS-L Cadillacs are easily recognized by the wider rear C-pillar, similar to the one used on the older Fleetwood 75 Series. This was necessitated by the use of the standard length DTS rear door, which left a strange-looking space between the rear wheelwell and door. In 2008 a new version, with longer rear doors, was introduced. This change also meant that the C-pillars became considerably slimmer. Despite these efforts, the small production DTS-L soon disappeared from the marketplace.

End of production

The last DTS rolled off the assembly line at 11:51 a.m. on May 27, 2011.[9]

Presidential State Car

The official limousine of former U.S. President George W. Bush

See: 2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car

A specially designed and outfitted armored vehicle with DTS styling and a high-roof fitted to a GM four-wheel drive chassis was debuted in the second inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush, which also served as the debut for the DTS before it's official debut at the Chicago Auto Show. While details of the modified vehicle, codenamed "Stagecoach", remain classified, previous such vehicles indicate that it would have been upgraded with advanced armor and safety features in order to protect the president from various threats.[10] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also used a modified DTS as his official state car.

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total sales
2005 23,322
2006[11] 58,224
2007 51,469
2008[12] 30,479
2009[13] 17,330
2010[14] 18,640
2011[15] 11,589
2012[16] 465

Next generation

The next full-size luxury Cadillac (2011) was called the XTS, and the latest will be called the CT6 (2016).[17]

Prior to bankruptcy, GM had considered a rear-drive sedan, powered by the new Ultra V8 engine (replacement for the Northstar), to bow for 2010.[18] GM later stopped development of new North American Zeta-based models and canceled the Ultra V8 engine.[19][20]


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