Concept Flair – Cadillac Escala Hints Future Lux Performance

The Escala Concept debuted at last month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance stunning fans and intro’ing the next generation of fire from the brand. With a broad front fascia with 3D precision patterned grille and big wheel arches to house the 22 inch dual-layered rims, the whip looks like a souped up CT6. It’s touted as a more elite version of the stuntastic flagship that debuted last year.

The name Escala is Spanish for scale. While the name origin is a bit elusive, the swag of the Escala exudes sophisticated power and aggression. The hood has 4 deep creases, and the dope headlights are just thin LED strips.

Over the last half-decade, Cadillac has released a new slate of models with expressive design and exhilarating performance, like the CTS-V, the ATS, and the dope new CT6.

2016 Cadillac Escala Concept
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept

Escala is designed to be both a driver’s car and an indulgent flagship sedan. The large 4-door sedan has a new liftback design emphasizing the car’s long wheelbase 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.

Escala features a “dual personality” interior crafted with distinctly different zones. The front features fine craftsmanship with hand cut-and-sewn upholstery and 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.

2016 Cadillac Escala Concept
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept

Three curved OLED screens gives adds modern tech to classic indulgent luxury. 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.

In addition to voice and gesture control technology, the Escala’s cabin features a central control module that in the center console area. Inside the controller sits a new edition of Cadillac’s “flying Goddess” icon.

Escala boasts a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management technology.

2016 Cadillac Escala Concept
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept

The 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.

The Escala is 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).
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