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Catera Sedan Sports Exterior & Interior Freshening For 2000

 

Sporting a freshened appearance inside and out and several new safety features, the 2000 Cadillac Catera is poised to become a more compelling player in the hotly contested entry-luxury segment.

Since its introduction three years ago, the German-bred, American-luxury-appointed Catera has become the No.1 conquest vehicle within General Motors. In a fourth quarter 1998 study, 45 percent of Catera buyers were non-GM owners, representing an increase of 10 percentage points over 1997.

Overall, the 2000 Catera’s new look remains decidedly European in style, but the exterior lines are crisper and the curves are more tailored to flatter the body.

From front to rear, the Catera features a new front fascia, headlights and redesigned hood that artfully contours around a smaller, matte-black, chrome grille. The redesigned front cowl keeps new wet-arm windshield wipers and washer nozzles discretely hidden from view.

The body has been fitted with revised quarter panels, outside rearview mirrors, cornering lights and fog lights. The rear appearance has been completely reworked with a new fascia, separate left and right LED taillights, center brake light, revised Catera badges and a signature wreath and crest emblem.

The Catera Sport has several updates for the 2000 model year, including larger 17-inch aluminum wheels mated to Goodyear Eagle H-rated all-season tires, high-intensity discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, matte-silver chrome grille and brushed-silver interior trim.

Several significant changes have been made to the Catera’s interior to complement its tailored exterior.

Front seat occupants will immediately notice the new shape and richer grain on the instrument panel and steering wheel.

The redesigned center console is equipped with an additional auxiliary power outlet, and new center stack for the entertainment system and climate controls.  The center armrest has also been redesigned and holds two integrated cupholders.

Other changes intended to increase comfort and convenience include new door trim panels with integrated door handles, power window switches and clever latch-type storage bins fore and aft. Side-impact air bags are standard on every 2000 Catera.

New cupholders and integrated upper child seat tethers have been added to the rear passenger compartment.

Optional heated seats include a new three-position rheostat control for wider comfort range.

 

 
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