Cadillac's concept “evokes the spirit of the classics”. Features include transparent guages
13 September 2011

The striking Cadillac Ciel concept car has been shown off in Europe for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show today.

The Ciel, which was first spied at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California last month, is an “open-air, grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast,” according to the firm.

At approximately 300mm longer than the Cadillac CTS saloon, the four-seat convertible concept is powered by a 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, mated to a hybrid system.

The concept’s long and low proportions “evoke the spirit of the classics”, while the pillarless rear-hinged doors reveal a sweeping view of the “dramatic interior”.

Other features include 22-inch alloys, striking vertical LED headlamps front and back, a large shield grille and chrome accents.

Inside, the Ciel gets a floating centre console, transparent gauges and a “power-assisted transmission shifter”.

The heated and cooled seats offer a drawer for sun cream, sun-glasses and towels as well as “aromatherapy that is controlled from the rear armrest”.

Pull-out blankets are also available for all three passengers and retract automatically.

Cadillac global design director Clay Dean said: "Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future.”

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