New styling touches also include chrome-plated door handles and new lower rocker moldings that blend into the lower line of the vehicle for more presence and refinement. At the rear, the new fascia is now body-coloured, and is highlighted with the addition of polished, aluminium three-inch exhaust tips. Inside the car, new aluminium trim replaces the old wood on the centre console and a new steering wheel replaces the old one.
New technology was incorporated into the new version, like the intelligent headlamps called Intellibeams. The headlamps switch from high beam to low beam when the car approaches headlamps of other cars or when vehicles approach from the opposite direction. Other new available features for the STS include a head-up display on V6 models. The head-up display projects key driving information (such as speedometer ratings) onto the windshield, enabling drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
Another novelty is the 3.6 liter direct-injected V6 engine. The new base powerplant, with 298 horsepower (222 kW), delivers 40 more horsepower, while torque is increased to 268 lb.-ft. (371 Nm) – up from 252 lb.-ft. (348 Nm) on the current base engine. The direct-injected 3.6L will be mated to a six speed automatic transmission called Hydra-Matic 6L50, the first pairing of this transmission with a V6 engine.
Continuing Cadillac’s commitment to using advanced safety features, the 2008 STS will offer new features including a new performance handling package, enhanced variable-effort steering with StabiliTrak on V8 models and new lane departure warning and blind side alerts.
The 2008 STS is expected to be available in US Cadillac dealerships by mid-summer.