Cadillac Deville History 1996

Cadillac Deville Models & History 1996

For 1996, Cadillac fielded two models of the DeVille (DeVille and Concours). While the 1995 Concours had the Northstar engine, the standard Deville did not. That deficiency was corrected with the 1996 model so that both had the Northstar engine. As a result the performance changed dramatically.

Along with the Northstar engine came a number of other components to improve the ride, handling, and braking. Thus making the DeVille the most favorite luxury automobile especially with its spacious six-passenger interior. After a long drive (e.g., 700 km or more), you will feel as refreshed as you began.

  • The Sedan DeVille used the 275-horsepower version of the 4.6-liter engine mated to the 4T80-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with viscous converter clutch. This combination replaced the formerly standard 4.9-liter V-8 and 4T60-E four-speed transmission. Sedan DeVille’s new final drive ratio was 3.11:1.
  • The Concours sedan again featured the 300-horsepower version of the Northstar engine also coupled to the 4T80-E transmission. Its final drive ratio was revised from 3.11:1 to 3.71:1 for improved acceleration and passing performance.
  • A more powerful Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with micro-processors monitored and directed DeVille engine/transmission operations.
    • Clock speed of the PCM microprocessor was increased from 2.1 megahertz to 3.4 megahertz, which improved processing time 63 percent.
    • Memory size was increased from 64 kilobytes to 96 kilobytes per microprocessor, allowing the PCM to provide more software functionality.
    • For improved throttle response and reduced exhaust emissions, a mass air flow sensor was added.
    • This sensor continually measured the volume of air entering the engine and supplied that information to the PCM.
    • In addition, the PCM was moved from the passenger compartment to the air cleaner housing.
    • This move enhanced engine harness reliability by reducing wiring lengths and minimized the number of wires passed through the front of the dash.
  • Improved design precision fuel injectors delivered precise fuel metering, which contributed to more efficient fuel control.
  • Already standard equipment in the Concours, the Sedan DeVille received the Integrated Chassis Control System (ICCS) for 1996.
  • The ICCS featured a steering wheel angle position sensor that read the steering angle of the vehicle and transmitted that position to the brake, traction control and Road Sensing Suspension controller units, which calibrated these systems for improved control and quicker stops.
  • Optional on the 1996 DeVille was a 3,000-pound trailer towing package that included a wiring harness with oil cooler lines from the oil cooler adapter to the radiator and a radiator end tank to provide extra engine cooling when towing large loads.
  • Other new standard features included
    • dual wall stainless steel exhaust manifolds with single tailpipes and a resonator provided for a quieter interior and more pleasing exhaust note
    • “Electro-motor” electronic cruise control (which replaced the previous vacuum-operated system)
    • a revised wheel design (in fine grain cast aluminum or chrome finish) that incorporated a wreath-and-crest center cap
    • Michelin XW4 P225/60R16 whitewall tires
  • New standard features unique to the Concours sedan included
    • Magnasteer electromagnetic variable-assist power steering (which replaced the previous speed sensitive steering)
    • Rainsense Wiper System that automatically activated in inclement weather
    • Continuously Variable Road Sensing Suspension that was a refinement of the previous Road Sensing Suspension, which offered Improved damping for a smoother ride.
  • Additionally, the Concours sedan’s Delco Electronics Active Audio System could be upgraded to include a factory-installed, trunk-mounted, 2-compact disc changer.
  • Also, a Cadillac-exclusive convenience feature offered in the Concours sedan was the Dual-Mode (analog and Digital) voice-activated cell phone, available in portable or non-portable package.


Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
KD5 D69 4-dr. Sedan 35995 3959 100,251
KF5 F69 4-dr. Concours Sed. 40495 3981


Feature DeVille Concours
Engine 32-valve Northstar V8 90-degree, dual overhead cam
Construction Aluminum-alloy block with cast iron cylinder liners and cylinder heads
Manifold Composite intake manifold
Spark plugs Dual-platinum tipped
Displacement 4565cc (i.e., 4.6 liters) (279 cu. in.)
Bore & Stroke 3.66 x 3.31 in
Compression ratio 10.3 : 1
Brake Horsepower 275 @ 5600 rpm 300 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm 295 lb.-ft @ 4400 rpm
Valve train Direct acting hydraulic tappets
Fuel supply Sequential-port fuel injection
Coolant DEX-COOLTM long-life corrosion-inhibiting with “limp-home” engine coolant loss protection
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust system


Feature DeVille Concours
Wheelbase 2891 mm (113.8″)
Overall Length 5326 mm (209.7″)
Height 1432 mm (56.4″)
Width 1943 mm (76.5″)
Front tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Rear tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Standard wheel 16″ x 7″ cast-aluminum
Optional wheel 16″ x 7″ chrome finish cast aluminum
Standard tires Michelin XW4 P225/60 SR16 all-season whitewall Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/60HR16 all-season blackwall
Curb Weight 1796 kg.(3959 lb) 1806 kg.(3981 lb)
Luggage Capacity 566 liters (20.0 cu ft)
Fuel tank capacity 76 liters (16.7 Imp. gal) (20 US gal)
Fuel Economy City/Hwy 13.8 l/100 km – 9 l/100 km (20.4/31.2 mpg-imp) (17/26 mpg US)
Basic Warranty, Months/Distance 48/80,000 km (50,000 miles)
0-96 kph (0-60 mph) 8.0 seconds 7.5 seconds
Top speed 180 kph (112 mph) 240 kph (150 mph)


Feature DeVille Concours
Transmission 4T80-E electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control and altitude compensation
Clutch Viscous converter clutch
ATF “Filled-for-life” Dexron® III automatic transmission fluid
Drive Front-wheel drive
Drive axles Equal-length drive axles
Final drive ratio 3.11 : 1 3.71 : 1
Steering Speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering Speed-sensitive MAGNASTEERTM power rack-and-pinion steering
Front Suspension 4-wheel independent suspension MacPherson strut with coil springs, strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and electronic variable road sensing suspension Independent Macpherson strut with coil springs, strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and electronic continuously variable road sensing suspension
Rear suspension Fully independent short/long arm w/automatic level control and electronic variable rood sensing suspension Fully independent, coil springs, short/long arm w/automatic level control and electronic continuously variable road sensing suspension
Computer suspension Road-sensing suspension Continuously-variable road-sensing suspension
Control system Integrated chassis control system
Brakes Power assisted 4-wheel disc w/Bosch anti-lock braking system
Body Construction integral body-frame


Feature DeVille Concours
2-sided galvanized steel body panels (except roof) Standard Standard
Waterborne clearcoat paint Standard Standard
Solar-Ray tinted glass Standard Standard
Composite tungsten-halogen headlamps with flash-to-pass Standard Standard
Front cornering lamps Standard Standard
Dual heated power remote mirrors Standard Standard
Electrochromic driver side rearview mirror Standard Standard
Body accent striping Standard Standard
Power antenna Standard Standard


Feature DeVille Concours
Nuance leather seating areas Optional Standard
Saratoga cloth interior Standard
Front bucket seats with 6-way power adjusters and power recliners Standard Standard
2-position memory driver seat with driver logic feature Optional Standard
4-way power lumbar adjusters Standard
Heated front seat cushions and backs Standard
Automatic climate control system Standard Standard
Rear air controls Standard Standard
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip climate and sound system controls Standard Standard
Tilt-WheelTM adjustable steering column Standard Standard
Variable delay windshield wipers Standard
Rainsense variable delay windshield wiper system Standard
Cruise control Standard Standard
Digital instrument cluster Standard Standard
Driver Information Center Standard Standard
Zebrano wood trim Standard Standard
Power windows with driver express-down and rear window lock-out features Standard Standard
Retained accessory power Standard Standard
Front door storage pockets Standard
Electrochromic inside rearview mirror Standard Standard
Illuminated visor vanity mirrors, includes driver storage flap Standard Standard
Rear illuminated vanity mirrors Standard
Front and rear carpeted floor mats Standard Standard
Rear storage armrest with dual cupholders Standard Standard
Electric rear window defogger Standard Standard
Power remote fuel filler door release Standard Standard
Power remote trunk release with pull down Standard Standard
Cargo convenience net Standard Standard
Trailer towing package, with 1361 kg (3000 lb.) capacity Optional Optional
Audible theft-deterrent system Optional Optional
Power astroroof with express-open feature Optional Optional
White Diamond paint finish Optional Optional
Pearl Red paint finish Optional Optional
Electrically heated front windshield Optional Optional
Auto-calibrating compass mounted within inside rearview mirror Optional Optional
Universal 3-channel garage door opener Optional Optional
Dealer-installed cellular phone with hands free and voice recognition (portable or fixed models) Optional Optional


WA4 Special Edition (Sedan DeVille w/gold ornamentation, chrome wheels and simulated convertible top) $1,590 Opt. Pkg. 1SB: (Sedan DeV) $530
Astroroof $1,550 – $1,700 Elect, Compass $100
Garage Door Opener $107 Theft Deterrent Syst. (Sedan Deville) $295
White Diamond Paint $500 Pearl Red Paint $500
ETR AM/FM Stereo Radio w/Cassette (std DeV Concours) $274 ETR AM/FM Stereo Radio w/Cassette & CD: Sedan DeV $869
ETR AM/FM Stereo Radio w/Cassette & CD: DeV Concours $595 ETR AM/FM Stereo Radio w/Cassette & CD: w/Digital Signal Processing: Sedan DeV $1,064
ETR AM/FM Stereo Radio w/Cassette & CD: w/Digital Signal Processing: DeV Concours $790 Heated Windshield (Sedan DeV) $377
Memory Driver’s Seat (std Dev Concours) $235 Heated Leather Seats $225
Leather Seats (std Dev Concours) $785 Chrome wheels $1,195