Cadillac Said To Be Putting The Escala Concept Into Production

Remember the Cadillac Escala? Not, not the big SUV that’s based on the same ladder frame as the Tahoe/Yukon/Suburban. (That’s the Escalade.) We’re referring to the sedan concept that debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Yeah, that one. Well it’s reportedly entering production.

According to a report from Auto Forecast Solutions (cited by Autoline Daily and Motor1), Cadillac is preparing to put the sleek concept sedan into production. We just don’t know in what form.

The concept that appeared in Monterey almost two years ago measured 210.5 inches (5,347 millimeters) long, stretching father than the CT6. In that elongated form, it packed a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 of unspecified output but incorporating cylinder deactivation technology to keep emissions and fuel consumption at a minimum.

It showcased a new design direction for the brand. But it didn’t preview any specific model. Or so we thought until now.

The latest word has it that the Escala will, in some form or another, begin production at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in 2021. That’s the same factory that produces the CT6 which currently serves as Cadillac’s flagship sedan. It also makes the Chevy Impala and Volt, and the Buick LaCrosse, and used to make the Cadillac ELR as well (among so many others).

Will the production model slot in above the CT6? Alongside it, somehow? As a sedan, coupe, or maybe a smaller counterpart to the Escalade? And will it retain the concept’s nameplate instead of an alphanumeric designation? We suppose we’ll find out eventually, but for now, consider our interest piqued. (The relevant segment starts at 2:51 in the video below.)

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  • DR.FUNK

    I’d rather they make the CIEL four door drop top.
    That would absolutely get my money.

    • OD. LP

      Yes!!!! Totally agree with you!!!

    • SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE A TOUGH DECISION TO MAKE. CIEL OR ELMIRAJ…BOTH?

  • DR.FUNK

    Why not the ELMIRAJ?
    Much better looking…and a touring car that has enough muscular Americana about it to not look like a Euro sellout.

    • Jay

      4 door vs a 2 door ?

      • DR.FUNK

        They are trying to sell this thing as a sporty 4 door “coupe”…no?
        It’s nice enough…but the other two I mentioned would be my choice.

      • THE WORLD HAS ENOUGH 4 DOORS WE NEED MORE ELEGANT COUPES.

  • Christian

    Did you guys see the new video Motortrend putted out today? I never seen a Channel do suicide before ..!

    • PLEASE ELABORATE.
      MT PUTS OUT A LOT OF VIDEOS AND YOUR DESCRIPTION IS VAGUE.

      • Christian

        hah- That is why they turned off comments now?

  • Bash

    Oh god knows how much (I want to believe).

  • ejd1984

    What happened to the new CT naming scheme?

    GM will let Cadillac make a production version of a concept, but not Buick…………..Avenir………..Avista. Protecting one division as the cost of another?

    • Rzrlf

      Thats the thing, they make 30+ different vehicles yet they don’t actually make anything I want.

      • Enter Ranting

        This.

    • Nordschleife

      In the article they ask would it retain the Escala name plate followed by a question mark as they don’t know but we already know that the Escalade sits alongside the XT5 so it would stand to reason the Escala could sit next to the CT naming scheme.

      Now I definitely agree with you about the Avenir & Avista because that is one of the stupidest things GM has ever donE AND THEY HAVE QUITE A FEW UNDER THEIR BELT.

  • ediotsavant

    Why invest in such a car when people are buying more and more cuvs? A better choice is a CUV between the xt5 and the Escalade.

    • YOUR PISSING ON OUR DREAMS. OBVIOUSLY CADILLAC ISN’T GONNA MAKE THIS OR ANYTHING COMPELLING, WERE JUST DREAMING HERE.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Escalade IS NOT A CUV!!!! 0/10

  • OD. LP

    Finally a ballsy move from one of the major players in the automotive industry… And it’s going to be a beautiful one. I wonder if they’ll also be bringing back names to their vehicles, versus a few letters combined with a few numbers… Ahhh, I remember a time like that: Deville, Saville… Mmmm

  • BlackPegasus

    By then the design will be stale. It’s already starting to look like a large Chevy Impala from some angles.

    • IT DOESN’T HAVE THE TIMELESS LOOK THE ELMARAJ HAS, TOO MANY GIMMICKS.

      • Enter Ranting

        I thought Cadillac doing vertical headlights. At least they were distinctive. The Escala has horizontal slits. And the tail lights are a total mess.

  • lagunas3ca

    So it was Cadillac that started the fake exhaust?

  • Moveon Libtards

    Bye bye Tesla

    Zerohedge dot com reporting really bad news out today

  • Leconte Dave

    Could be the ct5

  • Stephen G

    Don’t get exited. Production vehicles never look as good as the concept. Even the production Bolt, as close as it is, still lost something in translation.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Good. They did pretty much sell the car in commercials already, so it’s only fair.

  • AstonMartin

    Yes! Dreams do come true. I’ve written passionately to encourage Cadillac to produce the Escala and apparently it will happen, better late than never. I’m rooting for Cadillac as the leading American car manufacturer can that turn the corner onto success with an array of quality luxury vehicles characterized by intriguing designs and competitive performance to lure younger buyers. The ability to fill more niches beyond SUV’s will be that turning point for the brand especially if past concepts are any indication of its capabilities should GM devote full resources to development and production.

  • javier

    wont they also make a small crossover xt4 ?

  • paulgdeaton

    Exactly! The Escala is a beautiful…. Mazda. The Elmiraj is a beautiful Cadillac.

    Alas, it seems like the Elmiraj will remain a mirage…

    • DR.FUNK

      I swear…if I hit Powerball (or marry whoever does) …I will have an Elmiraj custom fabbed.

  • A LONG WINDED ARTICLE THAT DIDN’T TELL US MUCH.

  • YES, A MUCH MORE COHESIVE AND ELEGANT DESIGN.
    CALL IT FLEETWOOD.

  • Six_Tymes

    Make it look exactly like this concept. Its sharp, it is beautiful.

  • SteersUright

    Exactly.

  • Cobrajet

    They should do it with the new CT5 first.

  • S3XY

    Just make it f**king electric

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