Cadillac Dusts Off Escala Concept To Remind Us Of Upcoming CT5, Restyled CT6

If you think the Escala Concept looks very unconventional for a Cadillac, that’s just because the automaker has yet to implement any of its design elements into a production car.

This will definitely change in the next couple of years with the arrival of the revamped CT6 as well as the CT5 midsize saloon. Until then, Chicago Auto Show visitors can admire the impressive concept, while also browsing for some spy images of the CT5 and CT6 to gain more perspective.

The Escala is bigger than the 2018 CT6 saloon, by nearly 6 extra inches (15 cm) in overall length and sports a 5-inch (12.7 cm) longer wheelbase. Power comes from a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 500 HP, which could end up on some hot version of the CT6, most probably the range-topping CT6-V.

As for the interior, it features light fabrics and polished metal instead of a heavy dose of leather and plastic inserts. The cabin appears to be very airy thanks to the large glass roof, with a very simple yet elegant design.

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  • Socarboy

    Look like Caddy is taking their take on the current Mazda styling language.

    • dumblikeyou2

      It’s either you have an extremely vivid imagination, or you’re legally blind.

      • donald seymour

        I literately though the same thing.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      Mazda? where…?

  • CBV2020

    If ever there were a shot, this is it. A Cadillac with $100-$150k, real world curb appeal. A few interior tweaks and imo, it would be ready to go. I’d certainly go for this or coupe variant over the S-class/8series coupe competition as well as the flagship sedan entries from BMW, Audi and MB. My greatest wish would be that they don’t shrink back and release this nearly to the letter with minor interior adjustments if necessary.

    Many have shelved or completely canned their respect for this great marque, disregarding their legendary innovations, contributions and heritage as if spirits don’t rise again/return. I’ll say, the societal-trend mentality of today has gotten quite a hold on many. I believe Cadillac is a powerful brand with incredible potential. When they get their traction, it’ll be showtime once again. The Sixteen, Ciel and Elmiraj should serve as obvious reminders.

    • Matt

      I wish caddy was as bold to basically put a(this) concept model to production ala BMW i8 & Lexus lc500 but im not holding my breath.
      Because they have GM money another way they could try and go do what lexus did decades ago with selling for a loss. But that doest sound like a GM thing to do. Caddy also went the opposite direction a few years ago in raising prices, along with a modest increase in quality for the perception of being equal with the boys in Germany. That has not worked, though in some cities like Los Vegas new caddys are abumdant on the roads.

      Agree they have alot of potential but imo the best of caddy as of now is everything below the leathers and interior bits non enthusiasts never see.

      • lagunas3ca

        GM money? GM is broke… why do you think they sold Opel to PSA?

    • AstonMartin

      Perfectly stated.

  • Nordschleife

    Every time I say Escala it makes me shush Cadillac would go back to using real names. This CT stuff is no bueno.

    • eb110americana

      At least the CT names have some sort of established market presence from the CTS. The XT names sound like the trim level on a Suzuki truck.

      But yeah, they need to stop trying to be German and realize the value of classic American luxury. I really want to see bold names (not necessarily reusing any old DeVille titles, although Eldorado still sounds good) in cursive Cadillac script–precisely because Mercedes would never do it. Cadillac’s offerings should make established Germans seem cold and sterile by comparison. That is the only way they will stand out enough to start winning their reputation back. I like the use of tweed fabric in the Escala. I think always going full-leather does not equate to luxury to all people, so it is a smart option that would help Cadillac stand out in that way.

  • Maricaibo

    Now, put the Elmiraj into production as a semi-autonomous vehicle.

  • Bo Hanan

    Audi A7.

  • I’D MUCH RATHER SEE THE ELMARAJ WHICH WAS STUNNING. THE DESIGN WORK ON THIS CAR IS SLOPPY IN MY OPINION.

    • CBV2020

      interior or exterior?

      • THE EXTERIOR.
        THE INTERIOR IS BEAUTIFUL EXCEPT FOR THE ODD TRUNK OPENING.

        • CBV2020

          Sloppy is such a heavy adjective and always makes me laugh! Care to share your perspective on what’s sloppy about the exterior design?

          • WELL YOU’VE GOT A HOCKEY STICK MOTIF GOING ON. IN PROFILE THE SAIL PANEL AND ROCKER PANEL PLUS YOU HAVE THE HOCKEY STICK SHAPED SIDE MARKER/TAILLIGHT. MORE HOCKEY STICK FROM THE TAILLIGHT JUTTING UP TO SHOWCASE THE SPOILER AND YET ANOTHER HOCKEY STICK IN THE FAKE EXHAUST AREA. THE FRONT END HAS A HOCKEY STICK IN THE HEADLIGHT THEN AGAIN FROM THE HEADLIGHTS INTO THE GRILLE AND ANOTHER FROM BELOW THE HEADLIGHT ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE SPOILER. A BUNCH OF HOCKEY STICKS ON A BODY WITH LITTLE EXCITEMENT IN THE SHEET METAL. THE GREENHOUSE GOES WAY TOO FAR BACK INTO THE DECK LID. COMPARED TO THE ELMARAJ’S ELEGANCE IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF ILL PLACED HOCKEY STICKS.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2e1f4eca091da82dac23989c09b07f8a20c3778ea65ffb0daceff0f1d827e9b.jpg

          • CBV2020

            I hear you, this is not your taste for specific reasons and I respect that. I however admire the combination of subtle curves that are complimented by sharp creases and angles executed to my perspective of balance. The greenhouse reach into the haunch sweeps in a sleek, modern and powerful manner producing a charging stance when combined with the bullish nose and “focused” headlamps. I’m a deckled spoiler guy and love a well executed one on a large luxury sedan. This one is pronounced by tail lamps, creasing and chrome trim features in close proximity which I believe is a trait of design strategy vs tack-on style for market appeal.

            The hokey stick does it for me as it seems to pronounce the presence of symmetry throughout, adding to the striking presence some of the “odd” design choices have created. This is flagship design imo, commitment to an unusual/innovative aesthetic appealing to a nice client-distinction.

            Design is always a matter of personal preference when the discussion is aesthetic vs functionality. But this flat-out looks expensive to me and I like that lol.
            Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

          • paulgdeaton

            That looks for too bulbous, especially the rear quarters.

            And anyone who writes an ALL CAPS can’t be taken seriously anyway.

  • manuel

    But Cadillac is not as reliable as Mazda. I wish Cadillac would imitate substance instead of form…
    Maybe Mazda could buy Cadillac , and we would have a Mac Cadillac.

    • ToniCipriani βœ“pΗα΄‰ΙŸα΄‰ΙΉΗΚŒ

      But a Cadillac doesn’t rust like a Mazda.

    • Liam Paul

      all new cars are reliable

  • TheBelltower

    This is so damned sexy

  • CBV2020

    Within context, the quote you selected speaks to their design ability and potential, completely separate from what they have produced as many of us are well aware. My point is, this is not a talentless house. At times leadership may be an issue in addition to other critical logistics for a brand/company. This is a strategy and implementation issue more than a simple willingness.

    As you’ve said, it may take a lot, and “a lot” does not mean impossible. There is a strong possibility that a brand with any degree of respectable history may rise again. There is proof of this across all industries and a variety of products. Anyhow, we’ll see. I believe it can happen and hope it does. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  • Six_Tymes

    Its gorgeous

  • Larry Qualls

    I hate to keep repeating myself, but build it JUST like this concept and you’ll have the beast you’ve wanted to compete with the Germans. Water it down and you will remain at your current status.
    #pullingforyouCaddy

  • nastinupe

    If Caddy made the Escala I would buy it. But they won’t so I won’t. The Escala, the Sixteen, and that sports car concept were all beautiful. Caddy has no balls.

  • lagunas3ca

    Takes quite a bit of nerve for Cadillac to continuously dupe people into believing that they will ever build a production vehicle that looks remotely close to that of a concept. Classic “expectation vs. reality” meme.