Cadillac gives us a glimpse of its future design directions with the Escala Concept

If Daimler has presented us a 5.70 m electric coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, Cadillac did not want to be short of long cars at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. Although its “sedan” is considerably shorter (5.35 m), the Escala Concept also wants to amaze customers with luxury and good taste. Not only for the visitors of the most important classic car event in the world, but also for future Cadillac buyers. According to Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac, the Escala has 2 missions. “First, Escala is a statement of intent for the next iteration of the Cadillac design language, and also technical concepts in development for future Cadillac models. Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”


The Escala Concept is powered by a 4.2 twin-turbo V8 that is said to be completely new. It works with Active Fuel Management, the cylinder-deactivation system from GM. Besides being 5.35 m long, it is 1.95 m wide, 1.46 m high and it has a 3.23 m wheelbase. The car is built over the Omega platform, the same one used by the new Cadillac CT6. And one of the most striking features it presents is the lift-back rear opening. Although it looks like a sedan, with its typical 3-box style, the car is more of a notchback.


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The dashboard is composed of 3 curved OLED screens and the interior features what Cadillac calls a “dual personality”. While the front seats are focused on technology, the rear seats aim to provide a relaxing environment for passengers.


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The 22-inch wheels have 2 layers of spokes.


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Has a 5 m plus notchback any chances of reaching production lines? We are not sure, but it would surely be interesting to see a luxury car daring to do things in a different way for a change.


Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.