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        Cadillac Escala Concept

        The Cadillac Escala Concept debuted in California, introducing the next evolution of Cadillac design and previewing the craftsmanship and technology being developed for many future models. Following a series of private previews, Escala will be displayed at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

        The Cadillac Escala Concept previews the design and technical ideas driving the next phase of Cadillac's ongoing expansion.

        "Escala is a concept with two clear objectives," said Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac. "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. Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac's aspirational character, signaling the brand's return to the pinnacle of premium."

        Cadillac has released a new slate of models bristling with expressive design and exhilarating performance, driver's cars taking Cadillac into a new chapter of its storied 114-year history.

        "Escala is a concept car, but one based upon the unrelenting rise of our product substance," de Nysschen said. "Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan."

        Escala - Spanish for "scale"- is a concept for a larger, more elite and expressive companion to the recently launched 2016 Cadillac CT6, the brand's remarkable new range-topping prestige sedan. Escala is also the third in a series of concepts Cadillac has debuted at Pebble Beach in recent years, following the Ciel convertible (2011) and Elmiraj coupe (2013).

        Escala is designed to be both a driver's car and an indulgent flagship sedan. The large 4-door sedan features an expansive liftback design emphasizing the car's considerable scale and versatility. At 210.5 inches in overall length, Escala is roughly 6 inches longer than today's CT6.

        Escala features a new and evolved face of Cadillac design that will begin appearing on production models soon. This includes a new expression of Cadillac's vertical lighting, a brand signature since 1948. Organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting elements are thinner and set deep within the fascia, creating a sinister look, day and night.

        The concept's details invite closer inspection, including a three-dimensional precision pattern in the grille design and 22-inch wheels with two layers of spokes.

        "This concept shares how Cadillac will bring forward a new experience that is uniquely American, and unmistakably Cadillac," says Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design. "Escala is an expressive symbol of reward and an exhilarating driving experience. On the interior, we pushed further. It's about precision and ingenuity in craftsmanship, and the artistic integration of technology."

        Escala features a "dual personality" interior crafted with distinctly different zones: The front is about intensely focused modern technology, while the rear delivers relaxation.

        "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," Smith said. "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."

        An array of three curved OLED screens is a prominent feature in the front of the cabin. The very thin, curved displays are layered in front of the driver, with the back sides wrapped in hand-stitched leather embossed with the Cadillac script. The array of screens consolidate the traditional "cluster" of driving gauges with the "center stack" into one integrated unit.

        Escala includes new designs for connectivity and control, providing a prototype for the user experience in development for future production models. The system features a central control module that enables the driver to execute tactile commands across the spectrum of connectivity functions, in addition to voice and gesture control technology. Inside the controller sits a new edition of Cadillac's "flying Goddess" icon, a nod to the brand's illustrious heritage.

        Like all Cadillac models today, the interior is assembled using hand cut-and-sewn techniques. However, Escala presents several new and unique touches, blending overt luxury with covert technology. Escala makes broad use of hand-tailored fabric on the door trim and seating areas. Inspired by suiting material used by Cadillac's partners in the fashion industry, the fabric provides a new level of hand-applied craftsmanship and color, unique in today's auto interior landscape.

        The Cadillac Escala Concept utilizes Cadillac's new RWD-centric large luxury car architecture, featuring one of the world's most advanced body structures, which debuted on the new CT6. The mixed-material construction enables unprecedented agility and efficiency.

        Escala uses a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, a prototype of a new system in development for future Cadillac models. The advanced engine utilizes Active Fuel Management technology, enabling fuel-saving 4-cylinder operation.

        Source: Netcarshow
         
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        • Centurion

          Centurion Well-Known Member Premium Member Contributing Member

          Cadillac designing some of the best concept cars in the industry - some of which are more stunning than German ones. It's a shame that their production cars don't have the same allure.

          There's some much to love about the exterior and interior of this car. It's a total 10/10.
           
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          • Giannis

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            The interior is extra-ordinary! Wow!
             
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            • Wolfgang

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              • Centurion

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                It's is. The use of cloth is very calming. Technology can be as cool as it can be distracting. I like that they have taken a page out of Bentley's playbook and given passengers the option to hide screen when not in use. The difference is that Cadillac are retracting the big screens into the headrest instead of the back of the seat.

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              • GTA8.5

                GTA8.5 Well-Known Member

                Looks like Cadillac took note of the Merc CLS and Audi A7 on this one, right down to the dropping line under the door handles.
                 
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                • Overall, it's nice. But smth is wrong at the same time..
                  The hood looks short, headlights look wrong. Don't like the small window in rear part... Don't like that it looks like an a7....
                  Interior is nice. Back is ok... The back of the car looks too empty. Its ok , but empty. Because of the small tail lights i guess....
                  Overall, its a good concept, but u can't say woow
                   
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                  • Centurion

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                    If there's a recent concept car that looks empty, it's the Mercedes Maybach Vision 6. The Escala has a more substance to it.
                     
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                    • shonguiz

                      shonguiz Well-Known Member

                      You know it's tiring to see Americans and specially Cadillac design great and original concept interiors and do not even deliver 10% of it in the final version.
                       
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                      • hoffmeister_fan

                        hoffmeister_fan Well-Known Member

                        I see significant German influence in it, specifically the A7 and recent BMW concepts (VFL and Gran Lusso), especially in the rear. That may explain why I like it. The front is a significant departure from the usual eggcrate grille and vertical headlights.
                         
                      • mdartisian

                        mdartisian Active Member

                        Too Tesla Model S looking.
                         
                      • Beemer B773ER

                        Beemer B773ER Well-Known Member

                        To me it looks like they took a look at the BMW VFL Concept and said "Let's make one of those!". Even the dash / instrument cluster graphics looks like it came from a recent BMW concept.

                        That rear three-quarter view is sexy with those wide hips and clean lines, but the rest is just okay. The overall shape looks fairly close to production ready, but other details (such as the minimalist headlights) still seem a bit far from coming to fruition.
                         
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                      • Gianclaudio

                        Gianclaudio Well-Known Member

                        Go figure...I see more Jaguar than Tesla, Audi or other brands. Gorgeous car all around.

                        What a beautiful interior....at least someone going after high quality wool upholstery and not just leather. Reminds me of Bang & Olufsen speakers, high end danish sofas, etc.
                         
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                              Audi A7
                               
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