While most of the 1994 Cadillac news was made by the redesigned full-size 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours, the 1994 Cadillac Eldorado and 1994 Cadillac Seville were in for their share of updates.
The 1994 Cadillac Eldorado, its Sport Coupe package was dropped, but the 1994 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) became a separate model.
The 1994 Cadillac Seville adopted the high-torque Northstar to become the 1994 Cadillac SLS ("Seville Luxury Sedan"), and the Road Sensing Suspension was now standard for both the ETC and STS.
Sales of the 1994 Cadillac Eldorado and 1994 Cadillac Seville staged a modest recovery, Seville climbing back to nearly 47,000 and Eldo close to 25,000.
Though such numbers weren't great compared to early-1980s sales, they were a darn sight better than late-1980s volume. Just as important, the 1994 Cadillac Eldorado and 1994 Cadillac Seville suggested that some Cadillacs could be serious alternatives to top-flight European and Japanese cars.
Freshening the 1994 Cadillac Eldorado and 1994 Cadillac Seville in addition to redesigning the 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1994 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Concours seemed to give Cadillac some momentum and thus hope that its vehicles could evolve along with changing premium-car tastes.
Thus, Cadillac was doubtless dismayed to see 1994 model-year sales go down instead of up. At least the 1994 loss wasn't devastating, about 10,000 units to just over 120,000. Sales in fact would stabilize at a reliable 100,000 or so per annum in 1996 and through 1999.
The 1995 Cadillac model range mostly stood pat, though every 1995 Cadillac gained five horsepower. Subtle styling updates included a body-color grille for the 1995 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe (to match the 1995 Cadillac STS). Typical of Cadillac was a new standard feature: headlamps that switched on automatically with the wipers.
On the next page, we'll take a detailed look at the 1990s evolution of the Cadillac Brougham and Fleetwood.
For more information on Cadillac, see:
- Cadillac: Learn the history of America's premier luxury car, from 1930s classics to today's newest Cadillac models.
- Consumer Guide New Car Reviews and Prices: Road test results, photos, specifications, and prices for 2007 Cadillacs and hundreds of other new cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs.
- 1980-1989 Cadillac: America's top luxury brand was in crises in the 1980s. Learn about how it weathered the storm.
- 2000-2008 Cadillac: Discover how bold design, big power, and an SUV fuel a Cadillac comeback.