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Cadillac Ciel (photos)

A closer look at the new Ciel concept convertible sedan that Cadillac unveiled at Pebble Beach.

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Cadillac Ciel--grill

Has Cadillac made a new classic? GM's top-of-the-line brand unveiled a new convertible concept that's a new take on how America's old money should roll.
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Cadillac Ciel--rear

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.
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Cadillac Ciel--on the road

The touring convertible sedan's design is inspired by long, open-air drives and scenery along the California coastline.
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Cadillac Ciel--front-quarter angle

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.
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Cadillac Ciel--front-quarter angle

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.
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It rides on 22-inch brushed-nickel-plated wheels and features carbon ceramic brakes.
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Cadillac Ciel--carriage doors

Carriage doors make for a dramatic entry, and the absence of a B pillar should make it easy to get in and out of the sedan.
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Cadillac Ciel--interior

The wood in the Ciel was taken from a single fallen Italian olive tree in the grove of a West Coast olive oil producer.
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Cadillac Ciel--interior

Like the Volt, the Ciel integrates Powermat's inductive charging pad in the vehicle to wirelessly charge mobile devices.
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Cadillac Ciel--side view

The Ciel seats only four (preferably adults) in this high-end ride.
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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.
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Cadillac Ciel--front

The Cadillac Ciel was displayed along with vintage Cadillac Eldorados brought to Pebble Beach by collectors.

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