With the disappearance of the Cadillac Fleetwood after the 1996 model year, the DeVille became the American luxury brands new flagship vehicle. In order to better reflect the DeVille as a high-end luxury sedan, the dElegance moniker was incorporated during for 1997. A lavishly appointed model, the Cadillac dElegance featured a number of exclusive details. One defining element of the Cadillac dElegance was the presence of golden exterior accents and a high shine chrome finish on the cast-aluminum wheels. Inside, the Cadillac dElegance is decorated with genuine Zebrano wood. The interior also features front seats with power lumbar adjusters and an 11-speaker Active Audio stereo system. A trunk-mounted 12-disc CD player was offered as option equipment. Powered by a 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine producing 275 horsepower, the front-wheel drive dElegance is equipped with a four-speed transaxle. Operating on a standard automatic rear level control suspension and Magnasteer speed-sensitive steering, the Cadillac dElegance provided a stable, comfortable ride for up to six passengers. Safety features coming standard on the high-end Cadillac such as front and side airbags as well as an anti-lock braking system provided rich protection to the vehicles occupants. The dElegance ended production in the 1999 with the conclusion of the seventh-generation Cadillac Deville. In 2000, the DeVille DHS model took over the dElegances place in the line-up.