Category: Concepts

Cadillac Unveils Upcoming Full-EV

Cadillac EVAs part of GM’s new all-electric platform, Cadillac will get the honor of the first model on the platform.  

As yet unnamed and with no specifications yet given, Cadillac will sell the first model on a platform that GM is promoting as their move into an all-electric future (BEV3).

This new platform from GM is expected to support front, rear, and all-wheel drive iterations.  The battery architecture will be expandable in order to reach a target of 300-mile range for each model offered.

Cadillac EVPrevious reporting is that the first of the BEV3-based vehicles (now known to be this Cadillac) will be in 2021 (though it isn’t known if that is a model year or on-sale year). 

It appears from these renderings that the model will be aimed at Tesla’s Model-X and other luxury electrics such as the Jaguar I-PACE.

Johan de Nysschen Chats About Cadillac’s Future

Johan de NysschenThe good guys over at MotorTrend got some time with Cadillac’s head honcho Johan de Nysschen about recent Cadillac moves and what is next.  It’s a great read that you can find over here.

For those of you not wanting to take the time to ready the entire interview, let us give you the high points:

The Escala Concept  Built by GM’s production studio and much more production ready than any of the past concepts we have seen (Cien, Elmiraj, to name but two).  This could mean the Escala is a strong indicator of a flagship that would sit above the CT6 in the lineup.  Mr. de Nysschen had criticisms for the past Cadillac concepts in that they showed design themes that were not part of Cadillac’s plan – so were ‘not a smart move’.  This seems to be admission that Cadillac fans fell hard for these prior concepts which made the lack of production versions sting all that much more.

Changes are coming for CUE  Recognizing that the current CUE system has not met with wide acceptance, Cadillac will be bringing a physical controller to the system, in line with what we see from Audi, BMW, etc.  This will prevent the touch screen from being the primary interface (which is largely where most of the criticisms for CUE center).

Escala’s 4.2l twin-turbo V-8  He isn’t yet ready to announce the engine for production (though this seems like less of a ‘will they’ but rather a ‘we’ll announce it when the product it will live in is ready to be announced’)

Product mix – Crossovers  The market has moved to crossovers in a big way and Cadillac is readying offerings between XT5 and Escalade (XT7?) as well as below the XT5 (XT3?)

Product mix – platform sharing with the rest of GM  75 percent of luxury buyers will be Gen X and Gen Y customers by 2020.  Millennials are also important to the brand and Cadillac (and their competition) are moving to catch these buyers as they get into their first luxury product.  Dedicated platforms in these lower price points are not profitable – forcing some level of platform sharing. (more…)

Cadillac Escala Concept Inside and Out

Check out the beauty shots of the Cadillac Escada Concept posted tonight by Cadillac after the car’s debut.

 

 

 

 

 

The Escala Concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac des

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The Escala Concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac design.

Escala Previews New Cadillac Design Direction, V-8, Flagship

Escala ConceptCadillac debuted a concept today that previews several new items for the Cadillac brand.

At 6″ longer than the recently released CT6, this car likely hints heavily at the new Cadillac flagship that is in the works.

Additionally, the car contains a twin-turbo 4.2l V-8 that is expected to reach production in the coming years. This engine may be related to the power plant that was shelved during the days of the GM bankruptcy and was intended to replace the 4.6l Northstar engine. Given recent power output from Cadillac’s turbo V-6, this engine will likely put out massive power when finalized.

But, perhaps the most significant aspect of the Escala concept is that it previews a significant shift in Cadillac design. Gone are the vertical headlights replaced by slender horizontal lights flanking the recently debuted shield-shaped grill seen in recent Cadillac models. Vertical tail-lights remain, but blend more directly into a softer overall design theme. We see hints of the old Mercedes Maybach rear end in this concept.

It does appear that the rumors that Cadillac was allowing the Chinese market’s desires help shape the future of Cadillac design were true. Gone are the sharp-edged look of the Cadillac’s we have come to know since 2003’s debut of the original CTS.

Only time will show how true new models will be to this new concept and how warmly the global market will accept this new look.

Escala Concept

Read on for Cadillac’s press release:
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