On top of a mountain just outside Carmel-by-the-Sea, in the back yard of a $17 million home / entertainment space / ego compensation mechanism, Cadillac pulled back the sheet on its latest design and technology preview concept: the Escala. This is the future of Cadillac, and it’s gorgeous.
First things first: the Escala may never see the light of day as a complete production car. But fret not–every aspect of the car is a preview of something that could come to market, regardless of whether it comes as a part of a complete Escala. That’s not to say the Escala won’t be built (in some form). That depends on customers and their response to the Escala’s technology and design.
Based on the CT6 platform, the Escala has a real production architecture under its fresh new skin. It’s a big beast–six inches longer than the CT6 or the standard-wheelbase Escalade. And it’s powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Nothing is certain, of course, but we hear that the V8 is a definite bet for production, whether the Escala comes together as a whole or not.
With a production-based architecture and a (possibly) production-intent V8 engine under the hood, the Escala looks a great deal more production-ready than the beautiful but ultimately unrealistic El Miraj and Ciel of Monterey Car Week concepts past–and that’s a very good thing.
Beautiful concepts and one-off specials are fantastic as works of art, but a production car that can not only carry you to work, but carry a brand’s reputation and ethos through the decades is something even more special. We may be getting a glimpse of the next Cadillac to do just that in the Escala, and there’s no better way to celebrate Car Week than that.