American luxury brand's concept is longer than an S-Class and features a twin-turbocharged 4.2-litre V8

The Cadillac Escala concept has been revealed at Pebble Beach as a model that offers a glimpse into the future design direction of America’s luxury brand.

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.

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19 August 2016
A refreshingly unadorned concept car. I like both exterior and interior. More importantly, if Cadillac can really put the frameless window and absence of B-pillar into production that would give the cabin a lightness and airiness that current cars lack.

19 August 2016
Very handsome, but a bit generic, IMHO. Ithe looks like Cadillac's distinctive "Art and Science" design language has run its course.

19 August 2016
Daniel Joseph wrote:

Very handsome, but a bit generic, IMHO. Ithe looks like Cadillac's distinctive "Art and Science" design language has run its course.

Yes, I miss Cadillac's hard edge designs too. Perhaps the typical Cadillac buyer has conservative taste. Maybe the "Art and Science" design language can find its place in another of GM's brands. GM can even invent a new brand name.
Likewise the various Lincoln concept cars look promising (my favorite Lincoln being the JFK one as a hardtop saloon) but the actual products fall well short of the concepts.

19 August 2016
I like everything but the front end which looks like it could be from a Mazda or an Acura. Cadillac, Buick and Oldsmobile pioneered the modern four door hardtop in 1955 and hopefully they can bring it back again. I am also glad this has an 8 cylinder as proper Cadillac should have at least 8 in front.

19 August 2016
Moparman wrote:

Cadillac, Buick and Oldsmobile pioneered the modern four door hardtop in 1955 and hopefully they can bring it back again

... and Mercedes adopted the idea in the extraordinary elegant pillarless 4-door "Adenauer" 300d in 1957

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21 August 2016
95% Awesome? 95% Audi A7, more like......

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