When a concept car that's effectively almost two years old is the most beautiful vehicle at an auto show, that says something, and that's exactly what the Cadillac Escala concept sedan is... stunning. Out of all the new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers introduced here, it's this big hatchback sedan that's the biggest head turner, at least in our opinion. It upstages everything else in terms of visual beauty and shows us where Cadillac very well may be headed.
The vehicle showed up to a very pleased audience at Pebble Beach way back in 2016, and it's made its way to the Windy City in the dead of winter. It's long, lean, and possesses some of the best styling elements we've seen anywhere. There's stunning brightwork everywhere, and it's not really chrome. It's more of a brushed aluminum with some texture, giving the door trim and the inset of the taillights depth and elegance all at once. The new look of the fascia with its wide grille and toned down vertical lighting elements will show up on production models in the Cadillac lineup.
The interior is nearly as showstopping as the exterior, with a woven wool fabric that's really quite original in terms of car trims. The textured cloth shows up on the seatbacks, door panels, lower dash, and the rear seats. Inside, you'll also find three curved-OLED digital screens in the driver's view and retractable screens in the front seatbacks for rear passengers. It looks much more airy and open than current and somewhat polarizing Cadillac interiors.
The Escala houses a big 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the CT6 and likely will power the production version of the Escala as well, delivering a monstrous 500 horsepower. The good news is that this may actually take place since Cadd CEO Johann de Nysschen stated the Escala “is a potential addition to our existing product plan” during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. He couldn't have picked a more stunning flagship.