Cadillac Escala: Another Gorgeous Concept Doomed to Never Reach Production?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
cadillac escala another gorgeous concept doomed to never reach production

For the third time in recent years, Cadillac has unveiled a stunning concept car to showcase the brand’s future design language, but forgive us for taking Cadillac’s hint at a production model with an Elmiraj-sized grain of salt.

The Escala, revealed last night at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a pillarless liftback sedan with styling that previews the automaker’s future products. Or so we hope.

Buckets of drool were shed over Cadillac’s past concepts — the yacht-like Ciel four-door convertible in 2011 and the elegant and athletic Elmiraj coupe in 2013 — but production vehicles they were not. The amount of design language that made the hop from those concepts to the CTS and CT6 is anyone’s guess. Not enough, many would say.

According to Global Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen, the design and technological concept could make it to production. Maybe, just maybe.

“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.”

The Escala’s interior reveals a bipolar personality — technology-minded in the front, comfort-focused in the back. A center control module combines the gauge cluster and center stack, while hand-tailored fabric throughout the cabin provides the opulence we all demand (but often never receive).

“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 Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design, in a statement. “So rather than a single design, this interior consists of two themes.”

Cadillac calls the Escala a “flagship sedan,” which doesn’t bode well for its future, given the planned CT8’s “on hold” status. Who knows, maybe the Escala previews a future replacement for the brand’s current range-topping CT6.

At six inches longer than a CT6, the Escala’s liftback would add a new measure of versatility to a premium sedan, but crossovers and SUVs will remain our vehicular overlords, now and in the future.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Prabirmehta I charge my EV at home 100% of the time. The EV is used for in-town driving and the gas guzzling SUV is used for out of town trips. This results in a huge cost saving and rare trips to the gas station.
  • Conundrum Three cylinder Ford Escapes, Chevy whatever it is that competes, and now the Rogue. Great, ain't it? Toyota'll be next with a de-tuned GR Corolla/Yaris powerplant. It's your life getting better and better, yes indeed. A piston costs money, you know.The Rogue and Altima used to have the zero graviy foam front seats. Comfy, but the new Rogue dumps that advance. Costs money. And that color-co-ordinated gray interior, my, ain't it luvverly? Ten years after they perfected it in the first Versa to appeal to the terminally depressed, it graduates to the Rogue.There's nothing decent to buy on the market for normal money. Not a damn thing interests me at all.
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  • Inside Looking Out Articles like that are nirvana for characters like EBFlex.