Cadillac's LA motor show concept features a hybrid 1.0-litre engine and scissor doors
18 November 2010

Cadillac has revealed its Urban Luxury Concept at the Los Angeles motor show today.

It features a 1.0-litre, three cylinder engine with stop-start and "electric assist technology", while a dry dual-clutch transmission also features. With this, the company estimates fuel economy of up to 78mpg.

See the official pics of the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept - now updated with LA show pics

Cadillac has used its ‘Art and Science’ design for the ULC, which features a bold front fascia, scissor doors, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Measuring only 3.8 metres long and 1.7 metres wide, the company has managed to squeeze four seats into the cabin, which are clad in leather. Other interior features include multi-touch switches wood trim, and brushed aluminium touches.

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17 November 2010

[quote Autocar]Cadillac has used its ‘Art and Science’ design for the ULC[/quote]

-and very successfully too. I like Cadillac's current design "language" - it is so distinctive and yet attractive - a rare feat, it would seem these days. The stylists have been especially skillful in translating it onto a concept so unlike any previous Cadillac, yet it is still definitely a Cadillac.

17 November 2010

Finally we are seeing something in the making. And this is a first for Cadillac. A miniature car. Make the Aston Martin Cygnet look weird. You can't imagine a Pimp or pensioner driving this. Its all well building a small car with good drive-train. But its in the details the car can become great. If Cadillac can overcome some American car issues like the integrity of the car and also the interior quality, they will finally be able to bring a car to the UK to show they do know how to make proper cars. But knowing Cadillac's history, I doubt it. The reason that they are not big in the UK is all down to quality. This is interior and exterior. If they don't improve and expand, they will be seeing what Hummer has experienced.

17 November 2010

I like the concept - this is the route Aston Martin should have taken for their 'urban' car instead of the ridiculous Cygnet sham.

I think this is probably the least successful example of Cadillac's design language, IMO. I like the thinking behind if not the finished article.


17 November 2010

Looks like someone squashed a Mercedes A-Class and then grafted on the generic Caddy front end. I imagine that forward visibility is virtually zero sitting so low with such a seemingly high scuttle. Good to see them being a bit imaginative, but this might be a step too far.


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17 November 2010

Anyone else think the rear of it looks a tad like a mitsubishi colt 5 door?

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/front_website/gallery.php?id=405955 - (picture of the rear of the car)

17 November 2010

I'm all in favor of a luxury small car providing money is spent on engineering into the car such qualities as an absorbent ride, quietness and smoothness, i.e. not a tarted up hatchback. Spend the money on engineering and materials, not fripperies.

17 November 2010

What a ridiculously steep rake on the front screen, think I'll stick with my Cadillac BLS!

18 November 2010

This has the potential to be a pivotal car in the USA - if it actually makes production in a recognizable form, i.e.,close to the look of this show car (yes, I know the doors won't make production). Right now it's a concept only, but the idea is fundamentally good. If Cadillac can produce a stylish, refined, genuinely luxurious small car, as opposed to another cheap econobox given a makeover, there's a good chance that it might convince more Americans that they don't have to drive something huge and thirsty to get around. The Prius has done well in this regard, especially in becoming popular with the Hollywood crowd. The same group might be keen to "adopt" a small Cadillac, especially if it's stylish, economical, environmentally sound and offers a genuinely impressive driving experience. It's performance isn't going to set the world alight, but for most everyday trips, it doesn't have to. More than anything else though, it needs to be perceived as cool to be ground breaking model. In fact, this could be the first genuinely cool Cadillac since 1959. When we see a small "Caddie" pulling up beside the red carpet at the Oscar's, we'll know they're back on track.

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