The four-door concept is built upon the rear-wheel-drive platform of the CT6 but ditches that car’s saloon boot for a liftback design. The body is more than 5.3 metres long, making it around 10cm longer than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.2-litre V8 that can run on just four cylinders thanks to cylinder-on-demand technology.
The exterior appears to gently evolve the look of the CT6. At a glance the car’s silhouette looks nearly identical, but on closer inspection, the concept’s slimmer front and rear light designs, and sleeker rear roofline set it apart from the production model.
The Escala sits on 22in alloy wheels that are housed under swelled arches, giving it significantly more road presence than the CT6, while a cleaner boot design and handleless doors add to the car’s luxury image.
Inside, the Escala features a concept interior, first revealed earlier this week, that incorporates an OLED dash display split across multiple screens and offering internet-connected information.
OLED technology enables the use of thin, curved screens, helping to maximise interior design potential. The displays are also super-high resolution compared with TFT screens.
The system’s services include calendar integration and 3D satellite navigation. These functions make the dash look like Cadillac’s answer to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. It’s said to preview in-car technology that’ll be fitted in future production models.
Cadillac has stated intentions to grow the range of cars it offers in the European market. Currently, the only two models sold in the UK are the CT6 and XT5, but brand leaders have suggested more could be added in the coming years.
The car maker’s more extensive American range is made up of SUVs, saloons, coupés and crossovers.