2016 Cadillac Escala Concept

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is slowly turning to a de
facto international auto show for luxury automakers.  In
this year’s edition, several automakers have revealed their new
luxury haulers as well as future concepts. One of the
automakers flaunting their future luxury models was Cadillac
with their new full-size sedan dubbed the “ 2016 Cadillac
Escala Concept ”.

This is not the first time Cadillac is launching a Concept at
the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The automaker showcased
the 4-door Ciel convertible concept in 2011 and the Elmiraj
coupe concept in 2013. The new concept introduces the next-gen
in the evolution of the Cadillac brand. The model presents
Cadillac’s statement of intent and it is aimed to reclaim the
top spot in the premium sedan segment. Escala is a Spanish name
which stands for “scale”. Read along for more information:

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2016 Cadillac Escala Concept Exterior

The 2016 Cadillac Escala Concept is huge. The model stretches
210.5 inches long (around 6-inches longer than the CT6) with a
width of 76.7 inches long and a height of 57.3 inches. It has a
wheelbase of 127.1 inches long.

At the front, the Escala features a new face characterized by a
gigantic trapezoid-shaped grille which is surrounded by new
headlights which use OLED technology. The headlights are very
thin. Below the grille is an intimidating bumper with a vent
that stretches the entire width of the front fascia. The bumper
styling is finished off with vertical DRLs similar to the ones
on the Cadillac CTS. The engine hood is unique.

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On the sides, the automaker has done away with the B- and
C-pillars on the windows while thin elements have replaced side
mirrors.

At the rear, the Escala features OLED taillights which are as
thin as the headlights. The sedan also moves away from the
traditional; trunk lid and features a huge hatch door instead.
The rear fascia styling is finished with a trapezoid recess
that looks similar to the front grille.

The Escala rides on 22-inch wheels that feature two layers of
spokes. The wheels sport a chrome and gloss-black finish.

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2016 Cadillac Escala Concept Interior Styling

The interior is very stylish, luxurious and convenient, a
result of excellent craftmanship. I understand that the
interior of the Escala was assembled using hand-cut-and-sewn
techniques. The design is simple but very elegant. The model
features a 2-tier dashboard with a wooden deck below the main
section. The dash features OLED screens.  The main screen
is mounted behind the steering wheel and it displays
information on rpm, speed, navigation data and mileage. The
main screen is flanked by two more screens on either side. The
one on the right displays the number of devices connected to
the vehicle and the number of passengers in the car while the
one on the left displays controls of the infotainment system.

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Other features include a 3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in
white leather and with chrome inserts. The steering wheel is
kept clean; it features 4 buttons as well as touch-sensitive
controls for both thumbs.

The automaker also revealed that they are crafting new designs
for control and connectivity of technologies in the car. This
is aimed at offering an engaging user experience in future
Cadillac models. Other features include hand-tailored fabrics
on the seats and door panels, features not available on current
Cadillac models.

In general, the cabin of the Escala promises to provide
ultimate luxury and convenience to passengers and an engaging
driving experience to the driver.

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Engine Specs and performance

Under the hood, the Escala concept will feature a V-8 mill way
more powerful than the V-6 that currently powers the CT6. The
engine is a twin-turbo 4.2 L, V-8 which will produce in excess
of 500 horses.  This engine will first make a debut in the
CT6. The Escala will be offered in RWD for large sedans, a
platform Cadillac debuted in the 2015 CT6.  The engine
will feature an Active Fuel Management system which will enable
to save on gas.

This is Cadillac’s most advanced body structure and it is
expected to offer high levels of efficiency and agility.

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Price and release date

Being a future concept, there are no prices to talk about,
however, being a Cadillac, don’t expect it to come cheap. In
fact, I believe the model will be positioned above the CT6
meaning it will be significantly more expensive than the CT6. I
really hope sedan will make it into production.

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2016 Cadillac Escala concept. We’ll keep you informed with the
most up-to-date information on this and other models.