Cimarron entered a new year sporting new wraparound taillamps at the restyled rear end, carrying a price tag that began above $13,000. Inside was new leather trim on the shift boot and knob (manual shift), at a redesigned console. A premium Delco-Bose sound system was now optional, and suspension components were revised.
Cadillac’s smallest had been extensively reworked as a mid-year 1985 entry with new front-end styling (more evidently Cadillac) and new optional electronic instrument cluster. Most important, though, was the V-6 option, giving the car a much-needed performance boost. That “second generation” 2.8 liter V-6 with multi-port fuel injection came from Chevrolet. Standard engine continued to be the 2.0 liter four with five-speed (Getrag-designed) manual gearbox. The 2.8 could have four-speed manual or three-speed automatic. Even with the V-6 available, Cimarron still wasn’t selling strongly, enjoying only a modest increase for 1985.
To improve handling there was an optional Delco/Bilstein suspension with gas-charged front struts and rear shocks, plus stiffer front spring rates and thicker front stabilizer bar. That suspension was required with the V-6 engine.
An impressive standard equipment list included
Sierra Grain leather seating areas
leather-trimmed tilt steering wheel
aluminum alloy wheels
plenty of power gadgetry from six-way driver’s seat to windows to trunk lid release
The standard seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio included a power antenna. Cimarron used a fine-patterned crosshatch grille with “Cadillac” script at the driver’s side, plus recessed quad rectangular headlamps. Wide parking/signal lamps were inset below the bumper rub strips; foglamps below them, flanking the air dam. “Cimarron” script appeared on front doors. Yellow beige “chamois” was a new Cimarron color. Twenty dual-color accent stripes were available.
Also revised this year was the D’Oro version, whose distinctive front end featured aero composite halogen headlamps and wraparound side marker lights. Offered with a white or red body, the package included:
gold custom fine line accent stripes on beltline, rub strips and hood center
lower bodyside accent moldings
D’Oro plaques on front fenders and dash
gold-tinted lay-down hood ornament
gold-tinted steering wheel spokes and horn pad emblem
P205/60RI4 low-profile performance steel-belted radial tires rode on gold-accented 14 in. aluminum alloy wheels. D’Oro also had grooved, body-colored lower body accent moldings.
$13,128 (4 cyl) / 13838 (6-cyl)
2514 / 2601 lb
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.
Wheelbase: 101.2 in.
Overall length: 177.9 in.
Height: 52.0 in.
Width: 65.0 in.
Front Tread: 55.4 in.
Rear Tread: 55.2 in.
Standard Tires: P195/7OR13
Transmission: Five-speed, floor shift manual transmission standard on four cylinder; four-speed manual on V-6. Optional three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic (THM125C)