Cadillac Escala Concept hints at future design language
Cadillac has publicly revealed the Escala Concept in Pebble Beach, previewing a large flagship sedan that will eventually slot above the new CT6.
The Escala showcases the next evolutionary shift in Cadillac’s design language, stepping away from sharp edges without completely eliminating the brand’s characteristic angular appearance. Vertical lighting is now complemented with horizontal elements, including thin headlights and new DRLs that aim for a ‘sinister’ look.
“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives. 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,” said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. “Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”
The Escala is based on the same platform that underpins the CT6, modified to stretch the wheelbase by nearly five inches. It is also wider and around six inches longer than the CT6, with a hatchback profile similar to that of the Audi A7.
The interior also showcases the brand’s vision for future vehicles. Designers focused on technology up front, with three curved OLED screens layered in front of the driver. For owners who prefer to ride in the back, the rear zone delivers a more relaxing atmosphere where occupants can appreciate refinements in materials and craftsmanship.
“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,” said Cadillac design director Andrew Smith. “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.”
Under the hood, the concept employs a new 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Still in prototype form, the mill will eventually be used in future production models.
“Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan,” said de Nysschen.