The Pinnacle of Premium: Cadillac’s Escala Concept

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At a swanky private party during Monterey Car Week this past August, Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen unveiled a brand new design: the Escala concept, a luxury vehicle featuring silky smooth lines, brilliant white LED features and a mid-century interior that’s sculpted with both driver and passenger experiences in mind. At Arnie Bauer, we couldn’t name another car we’d rather be driving right now.

Cadillac claims this flagship sedan is the “more expressive, expansive companion” to the CT6, giving a glimpse into the future of the luxury American brand.

“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives,” said de Nysschen. “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.”

While most things about the Escala concept point towards an evolution of the 114-year-old brand, there’s no denying the concept’s moniker pays homage to the carmaker’s famous, and arguably iconic, Escalade model.

This traditional tie in a sea of new is very intentional, apparently.

“This concept shares how Cadillac will bring forward a new experience that is uniquely American, and unmistakably Cadillac,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design. “Escala is an expressive symbol of reward and an exhilarating driving experience.”

In fact, the Escala is powered by a prototype 4.2-liter twin turbo V8 that Smith explained is capable of Active Fuel Management technology, or the process of cutting off half its cylinders in order to save on gas. Additionally, the Escala utilizes Cadillac’s new RWD-centric structure, as seen in the CT6, to give the mid-size vehicle an “unprecedented” fluid agility and efficiency.

Inside, the effects of the Cadillac House echo as the Escala incorporates hand-tailored, suit-inspired fabric on the door trim and seating areas, which Cadillac says is a nod to their partners in the fashion industry. The incorporation of such a feature provides a “new level of hand-applied craftsmanship and color.”

Voice and gesture control technology take center stage as three curved OLED screens command the front of the cabin, joined by Cadillac’s “flying Goddess” icon. In the passenger seats, comfort reigns supreme in this indulgent sedan. The merger of high technology with high luxury is intended, according to Cadillac, to give the Escala a “dual personality,” making it a car that people both want to drive and be driven in.

“Escala was an opportunity for our designers to break the rules a little bit,” said Smith, “exactly what Cadillac should do from time to time.”

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