Cadillac Seville History 1996

Cadillac Seville Models & History 1996

The Seville is Cadillac’s “international” sedan, aimed at buyers who want the performance and handling of an import plus the comfort and convenience features of a domestic luxury car.

It comes in two distinct varieties. The Seville Luxury Sedan (SLS) is biased toward a smooth ride and competes with such cars as the Lincoln Continental and Lexus LS 400. The Seville Touring Sedan (STS) offers sportier performance for drivers who might be considering the BMW 540i or Infiniti Q45.

Both Sevilles use the Northstar System, which is mostly made up of the 4.6-liter V8 engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission but also links the electronically controlled steering, suspension and antilock brake systems.

The SLS has 275 horsepower, while the STS packs 300 hp. The STS also uses lower-ratio gearing for quicker acceleration.

The SLS and STS each get a version of Cadillac’s Road-Sensing Suspension, which automatically adjusts shock absorber firmness to road conditions. Both models feature all-speed traction control and dual airbags. The two Sevilles use different types of speed-sensitive power steering, which increase effort at higher speeds.

Inside, STS gets a new instrument panel and center console, while the SLS carries over last year’s motif with only redesigned seats. Both models include leather upholstery, seat-position memory for the driver and steering-wheel controls for the automatic climate control and sound system.

The STS also comes with the Rainsense Wiper System, which uses sensors to detect rainfall on the windshield and automatically activates the wipers.

As in the previous year, the refinements of the base Eldo coupe were carried through to the Seville Luxury Sedan (SLS) wheel le those of the Eldorado Touring Coupe were carried through to the Seville Touring Sedan (STS). Again, the SLS was powered by the 275-horsepower Northstar 4.6-liter V-8 and the STS used the 300-horse Northstar engine. Both versions were paired with the 4T80-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with viscous converter clutch,


Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
KS5 S69 4-dr. SLS sedan 42995 3832 38,238
KY5 Y69 4-dr. STS Sedan 47495 3869


Feature Seville SLS Seville STS
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 Seville SLS Seville STS
Wheelbase 2819 mm (111″)
Overall Length 5183 mm (204.1″)
Height 1384 mm (54.5″)
Width 1885 mm (74.2″)
Front Tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Rear Tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Curb Weight 1738 kg. (3832 lb) 1755 kg. (3869 lb)
Luggage capacity 408 liters (14.4 cu ft)
Fuel tank capacity 76 liters (16.7 Imp. gal.) (20 US gal.)
Fuel Economy City/Hwy 13 l/100 km – 9.4 l/100 km
(21.6/30 mpg Imp.)
Basic Warranty, Months/Distance 48/80,000 km (50,000 miles)
0-96 kph (0-60 mph) 7.8 seconds 7.3 seconds
Top speed 180 kph (112 mph) 240 kph (150 mph)
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 blackwall Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/60HR16 all-season blackwall
Optional tires Michelin XW4 P225/60SR16 all-season whitewall tires Goodyear Eagle GA P225/60ZR16 all-season performance


Feature Seville SLS Seville STS
Transmission AT80-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
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
Steering Speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering Speed-sensitive MAGNASTEERTM power rack-and-pinion steering
Control system Integrated chassis control system
Brakes Power assisted 4-wheel disc w/Bosch anti-lock braking system
Body Construction integral body-frame
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust system
Restraints Dual Front Airbags Front-Seat Side Airbags


Feature SLS STS
Dual front air bags Standard Standard
Intentional set front shoulder belts Standard Standard
5-position adjustable front shoulder belts Standard Standard
Rear door child-security locks Standard Standard
Programmable power door locks with anti-lockout protection Standard Standard
Remote keyless entry system includes central door unlocking Standard Standard
Illuminated entry system Standard Standard
Battery run-down protection system Standard Standard
Audible theft-deterrent system Standard Optional
PASS-Key II personal security theft-deterrent system Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lamps and automatic light control includes Twilight Sentinel with delay feature Standard Standard
Wiper activated headlamps Standard Standard
Brake/transmission shift interlock Standard Standard
Bosch ABS5 4-wheel anti-lock brake system Standard Standard
Bosch ASR5 full-range traction control Standard Standard


Feature SLS STS
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
Fog lamps Standard
Front cornering lamps Standard Standard
Dual heated power remote mirrors Standard Standard
Electrochromic driver side rearview mirror Standard
Power antenna Standard Standard


Feature SLS STS
2-position memory driver seat with driver logic feature Optional Standard
4-way power lumbar adjusters Optional Standard
Analog instrument cluster Optional in Sport Interior Package Standard
Auto-calibrating compass mounted within inside rearview mirror Optional Optional
Automatic climate control system Standard
Body accent striping Optional
Cargo convenience net Standard Standard
Cruise control Standard Standard
Dealer-installed cellular phone with hands free and voice recognition (portable or fixed models) Optional Optional
Digital instrument cluster Standard
Driver Information Center Standard Standard
Dual-zone automatic climate control system Optional in Sport Interior Package Standard
Electric rear window defogger Standard Standard
Electrically heated front windshield Optional Optional
Electrochromic driver outside rearview mirror Optional
Electrochromic inside rearview mirror Standard Standard
Front and rear carpeted floor mats Standard Standard
Front bucket seats with 6-way power adjusters and power recliners Standard Standard
Front door storage pockets Standard Standard
Front floor console includes floor shifter Optional in Sport Interior Package Standard
Heated front seat cushions and backs Standard Standard
Illuminated visor vanity mirrors, includes driver storage flap Standard Standard
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip climate and sound system controls Standard Standard
Nuance leather seating areas Standard Standard
Pearl Red paint finish Optional Optional
Power astroroof with express-open feature Optional Optional
Power remote fuel filler door release Standard Standard
Power remote trunk release with pull down Standard Standard
Power windows with driver express-down and rear window lock-out features Standard Standard
Rainsense variable delay windshield wiper system Standard
Rear air controls Standard Standard
Rear storage armrest with dual cupholders Standard Standard
Retained accessory power Standard Standard
Sport Interior Package, includes analog instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, and floor console with shifter Optional Standard
Sunglass storage compartment Standard Standard
Tilt-WheelTM adjustable steering column Standard Standard
Universal 3-channel garage door opener Optional Optional
Variable delay windshield wipers Standard
White Diamond paint finish Optional Optional
Zebrano wood trim Standard Standard


UY9 Sport int. Pkg $146 Theft Deterrent Syst. (std. STS) $295
Elect. Compass $100 Garage Door Opener $107
Accent Striping (SLS) $75 Heated Front Leather Seats $225
Heated Windshield $377 Astroroof $1,550
Leather Seating (std STS) $735 Pwr Lumbar Support (std STS) $292
Memory Driver’s Seat (std STS) $225 Electrochromic Auto Day/Night Driver’s Side Mirror (std STS) $87
White Diamond Paint $500 Pearl Red Paint $500
Bose Sound Syst. w/Cassette $723 Bose Sound Syst. w/Cassette & CD changer $1,318
Bose Sound Syst. w/Digital Signal Processing $1,513 P225/60ZR16 BSW Tires(STS) $250
Chrome Wheels $1,195