If you’re wondering what Cadillac’s future design direction looks like, you’re looking at it.
This is the Cadillac Escala concept unveiled by the automaker Thursday during Monterey Car Week. Cadillac says it could just end up building the thing, too. At the very least, some of its design cues will make their way into other production models soon.
One look and you can see the Escala – which is Spanish for “scale” – wants nothing to do with the compact car segment. It’s definitely a large luxury sedan and could become a future flagship. Cadillac calls it the larger companion to the recently launched 2016 Cadillac CT6. As such, it sits on the RWD-centric large luxury platform that debuted on the CT6.
The 4-door Escala features an expansive liftback design and is roughly 6 inches longer than the current CT6.
And wow, how about that front grille. You will definitely see it coming down the street. It has an updated vision of Cadillac’s vertical lighting. The organic light emitting diode lighting elements are thinner and set deep within the fascia. There is a new three-dimensional precision pattern in the grille design as well.
Cadillac certainly wasn’t messing around with the wheels either. They’re 22-inches with two layers of spokes.
Inside designers were essentially working with two themes. Technology in the front, relaxation in the back. In the front cabin, an array of three curved OLED screens replaces the traditional “cluster” of gauges. It’s wrapped in leather by the way. Technology includes voice and gesture control. The Escala gets even more of Cadillac’s hand cut-and-sewn fabric on the door trim and seating areas.
A prototype 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine sits under the hood. It’s in development for future Cadillac models.
The Escala will be on display this weekend at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
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