In 1992, Cadillac ushered in an all-new Eldorado with a clean redesign, a Northstar V8 engine and plenty of modern amenities. As the brand would find out, the tenth-generation Eldorado would be the final generation as sales slowly declined throughout the 1990s.
But the Eldorado wanted to be something bigger than before. It wanted to change perceptions of how a car was supposed to look and act. And today’s Vintage Ad Break also proclaimed the 1992 Eldorado could even change the way drivers think about American automobiles.
The Eldorado featured design borrowed from the 1988 Cadillac Solitaire concept and was much larger than the previous-generation Eldorado. Most significant was the new Northstar V8 engine in 1993, which replaced the old 4.9-liter V8 engine with a 4.6-liter displacement. The Northstar V8 provided two power outputs: 270 horsepower and 295 horsepower, depending on options. Both were major upgrades from the 4.9-liter V8, which produced a meager 200 hp at launch.
In 2001, General Motors announced the Eldorado would exit production after 50 years. In 2002, the final Eldorado left the assembly line and left a hole in the hearts of many Cadillac aficionados. Today, some of us here at GM Authority argue Cadillac needs a return to building large, luxurious cars rather than spritely sedans that benchmark German rivals. Maybe then Cadillac could really change perceptions.