Following the discontinuation of the Cutlass Supreme, Oldsmobile choose to go with the Intrigue instead in 1998. It was a sportier styled sedan that offered a long list of standard features, including next-gen airbags. In 1999, the engine was upgraded to a 3.5-liter twin-cam V6 that offered 215 hp. A new body color and updated badging was introduced for this body year as well. New 16 alloy wheels graced the Intrigue for 2000, with minor shuffling of the optional add-ons and trims taking place. Two new exterior colors were introduced in 2001, with more options being added to various trim levels. A CD player and child-seat anchors were added as standard features in 2002, with subtle changes being made to different trim levels.
Borrowing inspiration from the Oldsmobile Aurora design for introducing the Oldsmobile Intrigue last year, the Intrigue powers into the 1999 model year with most notably a new 3.5 liter V-6 powerplant.