Yesterday we mused the Cadillac Escala was likely an uber-lux SUV with imposing American proportions, but it's not, and we're glad.
Instead Cadillac pulled the sheet on this pillar-less liftback which previews the evolution of Cadillac design-- or so they say.
The Escala is billed as both a drivers car and a decadent flagship, offering up considerable scale and possibility; according to Cadillac's Global President Johan de Nysschen, the Escala's design and technological concepts could make the jump to a showroom near you.
"Escala is a concept car, but one based upon the unrelenting rise of our product substance," he said in a statement. "Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan."
In addition, the tall South African insists the Escala signals the brands return to the "pinnacle of premium."
Inside the sleek sedan is where Cadillac truly shines, the OLED instrument binnacle sourced from LG is the information relay de rigueur in the luxury sphere and blends seamlessly with what would have been the center stack. Front and back offers differing personalities, the helmsmen and his navigator dipped in technology and precision, while rear passengers are treated to cosseting and comfortable opulence.
Cadillac's Escala concept previews craftsmanship and technical ideas in development for future models.
"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."
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 continued. "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."
Motivation comes from the mythical 4.2L twin-turbo V8 featuring Active Fuel Management--foreshadowing how future Cadillac's will get their kicks.
At 210.5 inches long, the Escala is some 6 inches longer than the CT6, making Escala a logical possibility for the maybe-kinda-sorta delayed CT8 sedan.
But with Cadillac's current linup languishing in this crossover crazed market we can only hope and prey the Escala makes it through unscathed.