Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen went on the record to discuss quite a few topics in his latest interview with Motor Trend. Specifically, he talked a lot about future Cadillac design and how the Escala concept plays into the brand’s future.
But, he also won major brownie points with enthusiasts when he defended the internal combustion engine. de Nysschen spoke about the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which can be found underneath the hood of the Escala concept vehicle, and stated, “it’s hard to imagine for us to make a credible brand statement of sophisticated refinement and emotional appeal without a modern eight-cylinder engine.”
Although, he quickly followed that statement up with, “I’m not announcing it for production yet.” As for the future, de Nysschen seems to be a realist in stating:
We are just illustrating some things we are contemplating. We can also embrace new-energy vehicles. There’s not an automaker not contemplating electrification. But the internal combustion engine has a lot of headroom for efficiency improvement and will be around for a long time. We can effectively utilize the time runway to develop and commercially amortize a modern generation of engines in parallel to introduction of plug-in hybrid tech.
Of course, the long run will feature full electrification, but the technology that has yet to come for the modern internal combustion engine will likely solidify its future for some time.