New Cadillac Ciel 4-door Convertible Concept Wows Pebble Beach Crowd [Photos + Video]


GM's Cadillac division is on a roll lately. After confirming the production of three new cars including the XTS large luxury saloon, the BMW 3-Series rivaling ATS compact sports sedan, and the ELR Coupe plug-in hybrid EV, Cadillac revealed an impressive new concept model called Ciel that looks into the future but winks at the past.

Named after the French word for sky, the Ciel is a large (5.174 mm or 203.7-in. in length) four-seat, four-door convertible with “suicide” rear doors and no B-pillar reminiscent of the 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible.

“Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey.”

The Ciel was developed at GM’s North Hollywood Design Center, with Niki Smart as the lead exterior designer and Gael Buzyn responsible for interior development. A wheelbase of 3,175 mm (125 inches) provides ample space for the passengers.

Buzyn, who opted for the use of Italian olive wood, machined aluminum and hand-crafted leather with warm colors to dress the cabin, shares Dean’s point of view:

“With the Ciel the journey is the thing, so the interior is a place of uncompromising comfort and elegance that makes the journey more enjoyable. Nothing distracts from the open driving experience and the color and materials lend the feeling that the car’s interior blends with the surroundings.”

The all-wheel drive concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the company’s direct injection 3.6-liter V6 and an electric motor using a lithium-ion battery pack. The system's combined output reaches 425HP and 583 Nm (430 lb-ft) of peak torque, making the Ciel not just a looker, but also a performer.

So are we going to see a production version of this flagship convertible, or was it created just to wow the crowds at the Pebble Beach event? Clay Dean’s answer is straightforward: “We wouldn’t be showing it if we didn’t have any intentions of doing anything with it”, he told Autonews.

Moreover, Dean revealed, the all-new Ciel architecture is going to be used on other Cadillac models. Our take is that a flagship sedan would be the prime candidate.




Agizzle said... »August 19, 2011

Thumbs up for being innovative.  4 doors. Suicides. No B.  I assume there is a retractable top in the back. Big cadillac feel but contemporary and classy.  Where caddy should be IMO.

Huge thumbs down for, once again, showing a concept that has zero possibility of being produced. Caddy and GM in general,  need to stop this.  
I didn't see the roof and while I assume no automaker would even concept a vehicle that doesn't have a functioning roof, my gut is telling me that if some rain started falling that thing would've been whisked away in a heart beat.  Part of the innovation would be the roof.  Having a true sedan coupe convertible.  It would've been a first. 

Hand crafted eh?  The designer was talking so much bullshit, it is a perfect example of why creative people need to STFU sometimes and let the marketing/PR guys do the talking.  He was basically paralleling the Ciel to a Bentley.  Sure, ok. But the General doesn't do hand-crafted. Not now, not never.  They don't even partner with some of the billion coachbuilders or supercar makers who utilize GM engines or chasis.  Going from mass produced beancounter production to bespoke, hand-crafted vehicles is such a stretch, it is laughable.

Love the idea of the vehicle but cadillac won't be considered a world leading luxury brand with concepts that don't go anywhere. Especially when manufacturers like BMW are actually building vehicles like the i8!!!

Merlor said... »August 19, 2011

this is the true Cadillac, well done!

Thomas said... »August 19, 2011

Cadillac is fantastic. Is a brand that aims to build the ugliest cars in the world and can ... Fabulous!

Gman111111 said... »August 19, 2011

Cadillac and GM have no balls....they proved that when the Sixteen concept did not enter production...(the best looking Caddy ever made)...why build concepts and spend millions of development dollars just to tease the masses? And for you greenies.....I don't give a damn if the Sixteen gets two's an Bentley and Maybach killer!

Dumblikeyou2 said... »August 19, 2011

BMW, lol. How original. No, I meant boring.

Thomas said... »August 19, 2011

And ok...the interior is nice. Baroque, but well done.

Csabi said... »August 19, 2011

This is a true heir to the spirit of the Sixteen and Cien concepts... Cadillac seems to be on to something... Attitude-wise, at least.

Agizzle said... »August 19, 2011

Your comment, lol.  How original.  No, I meant douchey

Chance of BMW being around for another 25 years: 100%
Chance of Cadillac being around for another 10 year: 50%

BMW may be boring but they 'put money where their mouth is'  and they are bringing innovation and out of the box thinking to the mainstream.  BMW is one of the few companies that has consistently shown a concept and actually followed through time and time again. 
I wouldn't call a  car company that makes dreams into reality, boring.  But then again, maybe you don't dream very big.

Agizzle said... »August 19, 2011

GM should've reinvented Cadillac as a Bentley killer.  Small runs, bespoke customization, big boats with big power.  Do what caddy does well.  Not stupid sports sedans (like the CTS and the upcoming ATS)

Something a hedge fund manager or celebrity would buy because it is badass and doesn't fall short vs the competition.  Alas, it has now been relegated to one of the worst selling luxury brands because it can't do anything particularly well besides being caddy.

A shame.

AstonMartin said... »August 19, 2011

This is sooo hot.  Go Cadillac!  I am so glad they are beginning to preview sleek designs that can come into the marketplace and compete globally.  This will be a fabulous alternative to many of the high-end convertibles currently offered by ultra-premium European manufacturers.  As the US economy begins to improve this is perfect timing for such an offering. 

Jim Elliott said... »August 19, 2011

This is fantastic!  I want one now.  Don't count out Cadillac building this vehicle!

Stay Off the Grass said... »August 19, 2011

Typical GMGiddy Masturbation. Nothing more that instant gratification that will never be brought to fruition. An ooh and ahh of what will never be.

gentleirishman said... »August 19, 2011

I seem to see a bit of Eldorado in the design.  Does anyone else see a similarity, (particularly from the rear)?

Rpayton said... »August 19, 2011

in 1957-58 the had hand built cars!  the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham more expensive than Rolls Royce. in 59-60 & 87-93 the had coach built bodies by Pininfarina. They built the XLR that was a concept... I wish they would have built the Sixteen.

AstonMartin said... »August 20, 2011

The Cien was a beautiful concept sports car that I still wish goes into production.  It was a co-star of the film "The Island" that was a sexy as Scarlet J.  Hopefully the project will be revived and use the upcoming Corvette underpinnings (we're only one letter off).  In regards to the Sixteen, the Ciel will hopefully be offered as a pure coupe too, so there is a chance that many elements of the Sixteen will live on.

Joe Blow said... »August 20, 2011

Cadillac meets Bat-mobile.  Ugly.

It takes as much effort to design an elegant looking widget as it does an ugly one, but yet ugly almost always seems to win!

Andrew Popoola said... »August 20, 2011

Why Cadillac/GM would delay in building this thing is beyond me.  Can you say halo car?  This thing is pure beauty and soulful; a well rendered homage to the big beautiful Caddy convertibles of yore.  Build this, give it a V12 or V16, sell it alongside the Cadillac Sixteen.  Watch oil sheiks lap it up in copious amounts.  The thought of the possibilty of driving this one day...its like looking forward to be king. 


Carl D. Ohlman said... »August 20, 2011

Thank you! Cadillac could be great if it was not held back by GM. Like you said about Sixteen "it's an Bentley and Maybach killer!" Greens will now have the ELR why can't a fullsize flagship have a modern V8? 

The Trout said... »August 23, 2011

In all of the images of the CIEL that I've seen, not one shows it with the top up? I'm not sure that GM has solved that part of the equation yet. They're still working on the concept of a retactable top for their concept car.

Frederick A said... »August 24, 2011

I think they were trying to see if the rear light treatment works just as well on the front of the car.  Nope.  Don't try that again, please, Cadillac!

Inyourfacinyourworld said... »September 02, 2011

lol are u fucking serious? this car is beautyfull!!!!

GUEST said... »September 03, 2011

if you say GM have no balls then you don't ethier bud so shut the F up ok.

GUEST said... »September 03, 2011

Well maybe your right but I bet the ATS and the CTS is faster and better then the crap you drive and maybe cadillac is the worse selling luxury brands but now there making 3 new models and put the ciel as the concept and there about to do good on the new models. And another thing cadillacs have horse power in there cars all threw the years and the CTS-V has 550-HP so I would shut my mouth up if I were you and you need to know what you are talking about before you open your mouth and you really don't how good or bad cadillac is doing ok.

Brian p kirby said... »September 08, 2011

cadillac needs to make this ciel  it truly represents an iconic look into the future and there will be a stampede of afflunt buyers who will want to own this car just to make their neighbors jealous

Shin-ichiro said... »September 09, 2011

cool! even though, there is no seat belts and window wiper...
still i agree that this is true Cadillac!

MSCowner said... »September 09, 2011


Michael said... »September 18, 2011

I love it

Tpatt90 said... »September 26, 2011

Good for Cadillac...I had a 1965 Lincoln 4 door convertible..loved it. Hope Caddy will find a way to do a reasonable version of this concept. If they do, Iwill buy. Sure would be more comfortable to drive than my Viper!

Tpatt90 said... »September 26, 2011

Good for you Michael...Aclassy looking car..hope they find a way to produce it. 
       All the best,  Tom

Cruisin said... »September 27, 2011

It's just as gracious as a 1961 Lincoln 4dr convertible.  I am glad that concept is being revived.

lucwolf said... »January 13, 2012

That vehicle is about the only thing in this world that I would line up for to buy.  Spectacular!  I would like to see it with the top up though before I buy.

mgv said... »April 16, 2012

I am smitten! A pure, simple, beautiful, proprtionate form! Just gorgeous. A car to lust for! No, seriously.

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