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Cadillac Escala Concept: LA Auto Show

What Is It?

The Cadillac Escala Concept — that’s “Escalade,” minus the last two letters — is a concept sedan that previews a potential future Cadillac entry into the full-size luxury-sedan segment. Featuring a jagged, sharp design with gorgeous lines, large wheels and pillarless side glass, the Escala certainly stands out from today’s crop of luxury sedans.

It stands out on the inside, too. The Cadillac Escala has gone simultaneously retro and modern, showing off an old-school design — with a wide dashboard and few adornments, for example — while also adding high-tech screens in front and in back. The Escala’s interior is also minimalist. There are no center control-stack buttons, for example, and it seems everything is either controlled with screens or with a knob in the center console.

Although Cadillac hasn’t announced the full details, the automaker says the Escala is powered by a 4.2-liter turbocharged V8 with cylinder deactivation. Cadillac also highlights the Escala’s thin exterior LED lighting, its 22-inch alloy wheels and its luxuriously roomy interior, largely made possible by its 210.5-in overall length.

Will They Ever Sell It?

Probably not like this, as many of the Escala’s design details — like the pillarless windows and a lack of center buttons — aren’t ready for production. But the Escala could certainly point towards Cadillac’s plans for a full-size luxury sedan in the future.

Why It’s Important

While Cadillac has taken massive strides toward improving sales and brand awareness among luxury-car buyers, the automaker hasn’t offered a credible full-size luxury-sedan alternative in decades. The Escala proves that Cadillac is certainly thinking about this hole in its lineup.

The Escala also proves that Cadillac might be thinking about taking a new approach to the full-size luxury sedan. While other models in this segment find buyers based on technology and reputation, the Escala — with its minimalist interior and retro look — primarily trades on style rather than performance or brand name. That could help persuade entrenched Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series buyers to consider Cadillac for the first time.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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