It's also the same 4-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Winter modes, but it's been given a stand-alone oil-to-air oil cooler for 2000, which should provide better engine cooling and air conditioning efficiency.
Once it's rolling, the 2000 Catera will deliver a much tighter ride since each of the two trim levels has received a suspension upgrade. There's no new hardware to mention, but each setup has been tweaked to provide better ride and handling. So the Sport suspension on the previous car is now about the same as the base suspension for 2000 and the new Sport model has been given tighter springs and revised damping rates.
The Sport model for 2000 also gets Xenon high-intensity discharge lamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels and H-rated Goodyears on the outside, as well as brushed silver trim and charcoal leather on the inside.