The Eldorado series returned with the “base” coupe and Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC), each powered by the Northstar V-8 and 4T80-E combination as in the previous year.
New standard features included
Magnasteer (already standard on the ETC).
hydraulic shocks with higher damping rate
new lower control arm design to better absorb cornering load.
one-inch larger front brake discs
trunk storage dividers
improved headliner and acoustic refinements
more user friendly climate control readouts.
All 1997 Eldos were manufactured with an analog gauge cluster, full center console and dual zone climate control as standard fare.
The Eldo coupe received a new personalization programmable package that included auto door locks exterior lighting, activation verification and battery storage
The ETC added road texture detection to aid anti-lock braking effectiveness.
StabiliTrak system to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces, and 11 additional driver information center (DC) messages, including: headlamps suggested, ice possible (outside temperature of 36 degrees or lower) and check fuel gauge.
The ETC also received a new personalization programmable package that included
choice of memory recall with remote keyless entry
key in ignition or memory switches
radio preset settings
battery storage mode
auto door lock
Also new to the ETC was a memory package that featured eight-way seat adjustments and exit, outside rearview mirror adjustments and lumbar support positions.
Eldos offered the OnStar communication system as optional equipment.