Has Cadillac made a new classic? GM's top-of-the-line brand unveiled a new convertible concept at Pebble Beach that's a new take on how America's old money should roll.
The Ciel is a convertible touring sedan with contemporary retro styling that's a throwback to the old days when Cadillac's land yachts ruled the country club lots. Not exactly a fuel sipper, the four-seater is a hybrid powered by a 425-horsepower 3.6L V-6 engine with twin turbochargers, and its lithium-ion battery can propel the vehicle at low speeds.
Its dimensions are equally impressive. The Ciel has a wheelbase that's 12 inches longer than that of the Cadillac CTS, and at 203.7 inches, it is an inch longer than the Escalade. It rides on 22-inch brushed-nickel-plated wheels, and features carbon ceramic brakes. Carriage doors make for a dramatic entry, and the absence of a B pillar should make it easy to to get in and out of the sedan.
However, it's not your typical family Caddy. The Ciel seats only four (preferably adults) in this high-end ride. The wood in the Ciel was taken from a single fallen Italian olive tree in the grove of a West Coast olive oil producer. The rear center console contains a small humidor, and a leather tab in the seat back pulls out a cashmere blanket that passengers can use to warm themselves during chilly drives. Like the Volt, the Ciel integrates Powermat's inductive charging pad in the vehicle to wirelessly charge mobile devices.
The Cadillac Ciel was displayed along with vintage Cadillac Eldorados brought to Pebble Beach by collectors.