Cadillac Escala Concept

Cadillac’s brand-new concept car, the Escala in case you didn’t study Español en escuela, “escala” translates to “scale”  balances classic and cutting edge, sporty and luxurious, sinister and sophisticated. The would-be-flagship luxury performance sedan bowed Thursday night at the annual automotive charity event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

The Escala is bigger, lower and meaner looking than its soul sibling, the CT6. It’s more than 6 inches longer and nearly 3 inches wider, while sitting 0.6 inches lower. Cadillac says the Escala presages the brand’s future design direction. While you can still see some of the CT6 in the Escala, the concept trades in the straight lines of the existing sedan for a sleeker, more swept-back look. From some angles, it looks to have a bit of the Porsche Panamera’s rearward-oriented, elongated-greenhouse effect.

One design feature Cadillac says will appear on future models soon is vertically oriented LED elements thin and deep-set in the sedan’s lower front end — complementing narrow-eyed, slitlike headlights. That’s in addition to what the automaker describes as a new “three-dimensional precision pattern” in the grille and 22-inch wheels with two layers of spokes.

Inside are a trio of curved LED screens layered in front of the driver and consolidating the instrument cluster and center console, and a central control module enabling tactile commands as well as voice and gesture control. Hand-tailored fabric inspired by suiting materials and stitched leather adorn the cabin.

Cadillac says the Escala has a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8, which sends power to the rear wheels. Fuel economy is boosted by Active Fuel Management technology that enables it to run on just four cylinders.

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