Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance
Behold the Cadillac Escala...a Concept vehicle which debuts in California tonight. The unveiling takes place at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance..
General Motors says the Escala embodies the next evolution of Cadillac design and craftsmanship and technology. It's all being developed for use in future Cadillac vehicles.
The Escala will be displayed this weekend at Pebble Beach and at a series of other events.
“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac. “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.”
Cadillac has been reinventing itself with a full stable of new vehicles, and Escala provides a glimpse of things to come, suggesting there is a bright future ahead capping off 114 years of Cadillac history.
“This concept shares how Cadillac will bring forward a new experience that is uniquely American, and unmistakably Cadillac,” says Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design. “Escala is an expressive symbol of reward and an exhilarating driving experience. On the interior, we pushed further. It’s about precision and ingenuity in craftsmanship, and the artistic integration of technology.”
Escala features a “dual personality” interior crafted with distinctly different zones: The front is about intensely focused modern technology, while the rear delivers relaxation.
“My brief to the designers was to create a car you desperately want to drive, and also one in which you want to be driven,” Smith said. “So rather than a single design, this interior consists of two themes. It was an opportunity for our designers to break the rules a little bit, exactly what Cadillac should do from time to time.”
An array of three curved OLED screens is a prominent feature in the front of the cabin. The very thin, curved displays are layered in front of the driver, with the back sides wrapped in hand-stitched leather embossed with the Cadillac script. The array of screens consolidate the traditional “cluster” of driving gauges with the “center stack” into one integrated unit.
Escala is spanish for the word scale, and the car is meant to compliment the CT6.
The large 4-door sedan features an expansive liftback design emphasizing the car’s considerable scale and versatility. At 210.5 inches in overall length, Escala is roughly 6 inches longer than today’s CT6.
Escala has new styling cues, which will begin showing up on production models within the next year or two. The design elements seen on Escala that are destined for the street, include vertical lighting which pays homage to Cadillac heritage dating back to 1948. The use of energy efficient Organic Light Emitting Diode lighting elements allow for thinner lighting accents, creating a sinister look, both at night and also during daytime driving.
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Escala also has a central control module that lets the driver use voice and gesture commands inside the cabin. The seats and other interior components covered with fabric were created using hand cut and sewn materials.
Escala uses a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, a prototype of a new system in development for future Cadillac models. The advanced engine
utilizes Active Fuel Management technology, enabling fuel-saving 4-cylinder operation.
Cadillac Escala Concept Basic Specifications
4-door expressive flagship sedan, with lift-back rear opening
1455 mm / 57.3 in
1948 mm / 76.7 in
5347 mm / 210.5 in
3228 mm / 127.1 in
4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8