Cadillac’s compact received a major revision for 1985 but went on sale a little later than usual. Production of the 1984 models was extended into autumn 1985, to take advantage of the existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which were to grow more stringent for the coming year. An optional V-6 engine finally arrived for mid-year models, to deliver a much-needed performance boost. The new 173 cu. in. (2.8 liter) high-output V-6 with fuel injection was built by Chevrolet.
Cimarron sales continued sluggish, but style and performance alterations were made to try to draw some younger customers. The restyled body also was intended to give Cimarron more of a Cadillac look. Prices began just under $13,000, well under other Caddies but a good deal higher than Chevrolet’s Cavalier and the other J-bodied GM models.
Stabilizer bars grew longer this year, and front springs became stiffer. Outside, Cimarron’s front end grew by almost 5 inches. The new crosshatch grille reached out to black inner surfaces for headlamp bezels, which were positioned differently from before. Styled aluminum wheels were available for the first time, as an option.
Standard transmission was a five-speed manual gearbox, with three-speed automatic or four-speed manual optional. Standard equipment included
AM/FM stereo radio with power antenna
overhead assist handles
power brakes and steering
bumper guards and rub strips
power door locks
electric defoggers (rear and side window)
halogen headlamps and foglamps
electric remote mirrors
Inside were leather reclining bucket seats (driver’s side six-way power adjustable), a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, tachometer, power windows, and power trunk release. All that and more helped to justify Cimarron’s hefty price tag.
Cimarron D’Oro added fine-line gold accent stripes on beltline, hood center and rub strips; gold-accented grille and wheels; foglamp covers; lower bodyside accent moldings; saddle leather seats; plus gold-tinted hood ornament, steering wheel spokes and horn pad emblem. D’Oro bodies were either red or white, with plaques on front fender and dash.
$12,662 (4-cyl) / 13,522 (6-cyl)
Inline. OHV Four-cylinder. Cast iron block and head
60-degree, overhead-valve V-6. Cast iron block and head
121 cu. in. (2.0 liters)
173 cu. in. (2.8 liters)
Bore & stroke
3.50 x 3.15 in.
3.50 x 2.99 in.
88 at 4800 R.P.M.
125 at 4800 R.P.M.
110 lbs.-ft. at 2400 R.P.M.
155 lbs.-ft. at 3600 R.P.M.
Throttle Body Injection
Multi-port fuel injection
Wheelbase: 101.2 in. (2571 mm)
Overall length: 177.9 in. (4518 mm)
Height: 52.0 in. (1321 mm)
Width: 65.04 in. (1652 mm)
Front Tread: 55.4 in. (1406 mm)
Rear Tread: 55.2 in. (1401 mm)
Turning Diameter (wall-to-wall): 38.8 ft (11.8 M)
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 35.3 ft (10.8 M)
Curb weight with standard engine: 2538 lb (1151.4 kg)