1990-1999 Cadillac

1991 and 1992 Cadillac

Notice the redesigned grille and hood bulge on this 1991 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.
Notice the redesigned grille and hood bulge on this 1991 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.

Leading the changes for the 1991 Cadillac lineup was a displacement increase for the division's mainstay V-8 engine.

Pushed out from 4.5 liter to 4.9 liters (300 cubic inches), this engine powered all models except the Cadillac Allante and the big old rear-wheel-drive Cadillac Brougham. Horsepower rose by 20 to 200, and newly integrated electronic transmission controls insured its smooth, efficient delivery.

Equally laudable, antilock brakes (ABS) went from optional to standard status for the 1991 Cadillac DeVilles, 1991 Cadillac Eldorados, and the base 1991 Cadillac Seville.

The 1991 Cadillac DeVille and companion 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood models were also heavily facelifted. The highlight was a new grille and more-prominent hood bulge.

Finally, Cadillac revived the DeVille Touring Sedan after a three-year absence. Starting at around $35,200, the 1991 Cadillac DeVille Touring Sedan stood apart with a subdued "monochromatic" exterior, stout 16-inch alloy wheels shod with blackwall performance tires, shorter final gearing for better pickup, thicker stabilizer bars for tighter handling, and posh wood-and-leather interior trim. All this made for a more-agile DeVille, but nothing close to a true European sports sedan.

The 1992 Cadillac roster get significant new additions in the form of the redesigned 1992 Cadillac Seville and 1992 Cadillac Eldorado.

The new look and personality of 1992 Cadillac Seville and 1992 Cadillac Eldorado suggested things were changing at Cadillac. Both were smooth and curvy, clean and elegant, a refreshing break with their recent boxy past.

Styling, however, was no longer so similar between the two, and there were greater differences elsewhere as well. For example, 1992 Cadillac Seville now strode its own 111-inch wheelbase, while the 1992 Cadillac Eldorado stuck to a 108-inch span. Both models grew some 12 inches longer and 2.5 inches wider, but the Seville was taut, purposeful, and even bold for a Cadillac -- enough to make the Eldo seem cautious to some eyes.

The pricey 1992 Cadillac Seville had new, more elegant styling. The pricey 1992 Cadillac Seville had new, more elegant styling.
The pricey 1992 Cadillac Seville had new, more elegant styling.

Prices had many eyes popping. The 1992 Cadillac Eldorado started at $32,000, while the 1992 Cadillac Seville was up in $35,000–$38,000 territory. Then again, inflation had taken a toll, and both cars were actually fine values against comparable imports.

As before, the more-enthusiastic buyer opted for the Seville Touring Sedan or an Eldorado with a new Touring Coupe option package, which made an "ETC." Either choice meant firm suspension, wider tires on 16-inch wheels, less exterior chrome, and a more driver-oriented cabin with front bucket seats, center shift console, and analog instead of electronic digi-graphic instruments.

In all, the new "personal" Cadillacs were everything expected of the marque -- and more. Fittingly, they sold well. In fact, both almost doubled their model-year production from '91 to '92, the Eldorado exceeding 31,000, the Seville reaching almost 44,000. The '93s skidded to about 21,500 and 37,240, respectively, doubtless due to higher sticker prices reflecting the costlier Northstar engines.

The only notable changes to the 1992 Cadillac Fleetwood and the 1992 Cadillac DeVille Touring Sedan was the inclusion of traction control as standard equipment.

For 1993, Cadillac made technological changes to win back its reputation as a leader in mechanically sophisticated cars. Continue to the next page to get the details.

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