Oldsmobile For 2000
By Carey Russ
The revitalization that started at Oldsmobile with the introduction of the Aurora sports sedan in 1994 continues. The Centennial Plan is complete. The old Olds is gone, replaced by the new. Your father's Oldsmobile is history, replaced by a vital, contemporary lineup.
The biggest news is not a 2000 model, but the first Oldsmobile for the new century no matter how "new century" is defined -- the 2001 Aurora. Set to debut in Spring, 2000, the restyled 2001 Aurora is slightly shorter than the original but has more interior room. Two models will be offered, one with an updated version of the 4.0-liter V8 found in the current Aurora, and one with the related 3.5-liter V6 from the Intrigue. This should broaden the Aurora's potential customer base.
The 215-hp, 3.5-liter twin-cam V6 that was introduced in the premium Intrigue GLS model last year is now standard in the GX and GL models as well.. Many features formerly optional are now standard. The "Precision Control System" (PCS) stability-control system is the first such available in a domestic mid-size car, and is offered for all models.
Oldsmobile's sporty compact Alero is offered in sedan and coupe body styles in three trim levels. Four-cylinder GX and GL models get sportier with the availability of a five-speed manual transmission. The performance suspension formerly available only in the GLS coupe is now offered in the GLS sedan and both GL models.
The Bravada's 4.3-liter V6 engine has enhancements for greater power and more efficiency. Oldsmobile's SUV features the "SmartTrak" automatic all-wheel drive system. The "OnStar" communications package is now available.
The Silhouette minivan is now offered exclusively in long-wheelbase form. The three well-equipped trim levels have a variety of new convenience features.