The Cadillac Eldorado 2017 Is The Golden One


The Eldorado name does have some significance – it wasn’t just randomly plucked from nowhere – to celebrate the company’s golden anniversary. Cadillac held an internal competition to name the up and coming model that was being released for the celebration, a secretary came up with the word ‘Eldorado’ and explained why … Eldorado comes from the Spanish phrase of “gilded one” (the gold one) and the mythical South American ‘Lost City of Gold’ it was a perfect fit and the bosses at Caddy obviously agreed – nearly 65 years later, they’re bringing it back!

But Cadillac have a problem … they have lost some focus as to who their core demographic is; traditionally, Caddy’s have been purchased by the more mature buyer who want something with comfort, a reasonable amount of ‘get up & go’ and that won’t shake their dentures loose when they run over a pothole in the road. The Cadillac decided that it wanted to branch out and this started with the Escalade, which now graces the yards and driveways of all manner of rockstars and celebrities.

But … the Eldorado won’t be ‘Gangsta’ neither will it be soft & squishy, it’s actually rather good – on paper at least anyway.

Will The 2017 Cadillac Eldorado Attract New Buyers?

The question is, will it be good enough to tempt a new range of buyers? Or sporty enough to appeal to those that drive around like their hair is on fire? It could well be.

As far as we know, the new Cadillac Eldorado is going to be fitted with a turbo-charged 4.8 liter V8, which if rumors are to be believed, should see an easy 500+ BHP transferred to the rear-wheels – and that sounds enough to tempt anyone.

Front view of the 2017 Cadillac Eldorado

We don’t have any other figures, and that’s because Cadillac haven’t released any information, but given that it’s turbo-charged, you’d have to guess that torque figures would be in the mid 400’s and gas mileage … who cares about gas mileage? Let’s be honest, if you’re looking for a 500+ BHP car, you won’t not buy it because it doesn’t return 25+ to the gallon will you. We don’t think that Caddy will be offering any other engine option for the Eldorado, it isn’t meant to be a cheap car, so budget conscious buyers aren’t in this market, therefore, smaller engines are the last thing that buyers are concerned about – a big lumpy V8 with plenty of horsepower is the way forward.

The motor will be coupled up to a fully-automatic 9-speed transmission and will drive the rear-wheels, although with that sort of power on tap, we think that Cadillac may introduce an all-wheel drive option, just to make it more manageable.

The New Cadillac Eldorado Will Be Luxurious

We know that Cadillac is all about luxury, and the Eldorado won’t be any different – expect high-grade leather, polished wooden accents and soft-touch plastics (where used) to be used in abundance – the interior will be a sumptuous space.

Of course you’ll get climate-control, heated & ventilated front seats and a touchscreen that could rival a Tesla, but we don’t know what we may get as standard (we won’t use the phrase ‘base model’ because there will be nothing basic about it), although for around $80,000, you’d like to think that there will be plenty of equipment and toys fitted as standard equipment.

Other equipment will include a vast array of safety tech – pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear-view camera, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane guidance with steering assist, automatic high-beam lighting, LED headlamps, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and possibly some form of autonomous control, although that’s likely to be limited for the first production run.

New Styling

We don’t actually have much of an idea as to how the new Eldorado will look. Yes, there are hundreds of sites with computer generated renderings of what they think it may look like, or perhaps even what they hope it will look like, but as it stands right now, the only people that actually know, work for Cadillac.

We’re hoping for something that has some sort of sporting style – after all, it’s getting a nice V8 so why shouldn’t Cadillac maximize that and make it look like it could take on a whole world of proper sports cars?

We do know that Cadillac will pay some attention to making it sleek and slippery – like it or not, emissions play a huge part in the modern world of automotive engineering and manufacturers are having to play their part in ensuring that they aren’t single-handedly polluting the world (hence turbo-charged engines, multispeed auto transmissions, reduced weight and skinny tires).

We may even see the use of lightweight materials in the construction, we’d certainly expect to see the platform using high-strength steel and aluminum, but maybe Caddy will go that little further? Composite materials are being more readily used, even in the lower range of road cars, so it would make sense for Caddy to push the boat out and incorporate them into the new model. Although rumors have been saying that the new Cadillac Eldorado will arrive in the middle-part of 2017, we are pretty sure that the rumors are wrong – we may get to see the debut of the pre-production model this year (at one of the large international shows) but not its production ready model. This means that instead of a 2017 Model Year, we may even be looking later than that, although technically Cadillac could delay until December of this year before offering it up to the public (but that isn’t normal for a manufacturer). Whether it arrives this year or next, the price isn’t going to be cheap – industry insiders put it in the region of $80,000 for the standard model, and we could easily see that by the time you’ve added some bling (Cadillac owners love their bling!) and some technology or toys, you could well be looking past $100,000. That’s a lot of money, even for a fully-loaded flagship Cadillac.

Do you think the new 2017 Cadillac Eldorado looks good? Have Caddy made the right choice to fit the new model with a turbo V8? Or should they have gone for a smaller V6 with less power? If you know more than we do, we’d like to hear from you – let us know your thoughts – we always appreciate your input and it’s a valuable part of our site.
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