Cadillac has a bountiful amount of heritage in design it can utilize in its rebirth as an American-luxury vehicle powerhouse. Cadillac President, Johan de Nysschen, is more than aware of this, and recently described his idea of a proper halo vehicle for the brand.
During an interview with Motor Trend, de Nysschen described what he felt a halo Cadillac model could be. The first portion of his answer nearly confirms the existence of a mid-engined Corvette, as he says a halo car based on such a Corvette “has to be one of the options we consider.”
The second portion of his response to what a halo vehicle for Cadillac should be arouses thoughts of long, elegant shapes from Cadillac’s golden age.
“If we think about what could be a true halo car for Cadillac besides [a mid-engined Corvette model], you could go in a completely different direction. Considering particularly our heritage, I could also imagine a very luxurious, very indulgent, very sophisticated four-door convertible being a good play that draws on our heritage,” de Nysschen told MT.
Sounds quite a bit like the Cadillac Ciel concept shown in 2011, which harkened back to those elongated style lines of yesteryear, with bold, handsome styling in the form of a convertible body style.
We know a proper Cadillac flagship is coming, as the 2016 Cadillac CT6 certainly is not it, but de Nysschen’s words invite the dreamer and the enthusiast to hang on to hope the best is yet to come from the luxury brand.
After all, de Nysschen is an enthusiast. And, as he likes to tell, he wouldn’t be in this line of business otherwise.