1991 Cadillac Seville

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It seems a bit anticlimactic to review the 1991 Cadillac Sevilleconsidering the restyled and longer 1992 version is on this year`s auto showcircuit and will be displayed in McCormick Place starting Feb. 9.

But for `91 Seville offers a Touring Sedan edition that`s worth noting.Like the Touring Coupe version of the Eldorado, which also is redone for `92, the Touring edition raises the sedan to a new level of comfort and responsive handling while the 4.9-liter, 200-horsepower V-8 provides peppy performance.

The 4.9-liter V-8 provides 20 more horsepower than last year`s 4.5-literV-8. Eventually, the 4.9 will be joined by a 300-h.p., 32-valve V-8 now dubbedNorth Star, which will come out initially in the Allante in mid-`92, beforespreading through the Cadillac lineup.

The 4.9 boasts a 0- to 60-mile-per-hour time of 8.2 seconds, a top speedof 125 m.p.h. and an EPA rating of 16 miles per gallon city/26 highway.

We won`t dispute the 4.9`s power, but 16/26 seemed generous. The digitson the fuel gauge changed rapidly.

Ride, handling and performance set the Touring Sedan apart from the basesedan. Contributing to the experience is the computer command ride system,which automatically adjusts the suspension settings from soft to firm.

The system constantly monitors driving conditions to select suspensiondamping. You get the firmest setting at and over 60 m.p.h. or when you quicklyaccelerate or brake or make a sharp lateral move in a corner or turn.

Fully independent four-wheel suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars,16-inch wheels, quicker response power steering and electronic level controlcombine to improve the driving experience.

Also of note are the standard antilock brakes that help bring the 200horses under control on slippery surfaces and a driver`s side air bag.

Other standard items include a new electronically controlled 4-speedautomatic with computer-regulated shift points for optimum performance; power brakes, steering, seats, windows, locks and mirrors; rear defroster and heatedside mirrors; AM-FM stereo with cassette; tinted glass; air conditioning; tiltwheel; cruise control; steel-belted, all-season, radial tires; corneringlamps; leather seats; dual exhausts; a digital fuel gauge; and a rotating cup/coin holder in the center console.

Other than the fact the fuel tank seemed to be porous, there was onegripe with the Seville that we hope Cadillac rectifies this fall with the 1992version whose wheelbase and overall length, by the way, will grow by 3 and 14 inches, respectively.

The `91 comes with a new fluidic wet arm windshield washer system inwhich a washer nozzle is mounted on each wiper arm. It means a broad spray to clean more window, but it also means for a few brief seconds the splash blindsyour vision while moving in traffic. It was scary. We`ll settle for taking 2more seconds of rinse time than have the blinders dropped in front of us at 60m.p.h.

Finally, a dark green metallic is a new Seville color for 1991. Green isbecoming the in color. It didn`t do anything for us.

An appreciated feature is the keyless entry system in which you press one of two settings on the key fob to lock and unlock the doors without having to struggle with a key. Those who have to venture into dark parking lots willappreciate that.

Base price of the Seville Touring Sedan is $37,135, and with all theabove as standard, no options are needed. Add $580 for freight.



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