LA Auto Show 2017
Cadillac showcases Escala concept; we'd rather they get on with building itAfter a high society debut in Pebble, the Cadillac Escala concept graces the LA show. Stop teasing us, Caddy! We want a production model!
After making a hoity-toity debut in Pebble Beach, the Cadillac Escala concept finally joins us mere mortals at the 2016 LA Auto Show. It's a conceptual look at a large flagship sedan that Cadillac is thinking really hard about building and a look at the future of Cadillac design direction Under the hood is a 4.2 twin turbo charged V8 engine, but specs are never the point of a concept car, so we're light on details there. What we do know is what we can see. The Escala concept features a very long and tightly drawn design that's a blend of very smooth curves in the silhouette and sharp angles in the details. Up front we've got LED headlights that are very small and horizontal. That's a departure from the vertical lights we typically see on Cadillac vehicles. And their minimized allows the large grille to become the center of attention. Actually, both up front and out back the very small LED lighting serves to sort of frame the minimal design. Inside we've got a spacious cabin with an interesting blend of very light materials and textures that's sort of a departure from the dark leather and wood that I typically associate with the Cadillac brand. And we've also got some conceptual tech to go along with that, with two LCD tablets serving as the rear-seat entertainment and a large OLED digital instrument cluster Serving as the interface up front, it looks a lot like Audi's sort of virtual cockpit, except for a little bit more high tech. With the Cadillac CT6 being just a tad small for its class, I wouldn't be surprised to see Cadillac building something of this scale to compete with other large flagships in the near future. Let's just hope that it still looks this good when it finally hits the road.