Both Cadillac and Buick have shown some rather lovely concept vehicles in the past few years, specifically, we’re talking about the Cadillac Elmiraj, Cadillac Escala, Buick Avenir and the Buick Avista. Unfortunately, none of these cars seem to have a chance at production, but did preview where the brands’ overall designs were heading.
Could that change soon under GM Vice President of Global Design Michael Simcoe? Maybe.
It was hardly a confirmation, but Simcoe told the panel on the latest episode of Autoline that his team would “love to do” a large, two-door coupe for Cadillac and Buick. His answer came as a response to an inquiry over whether China or North America could help such a vehicle come to life, aside from the Camaro and Corvette.
Simcoe followed up his answer with a bit of a reassuring smirk. When pressed for more information, or whether there were any concepts, Simcoe added, “We have lots of lovely concepts.” But, none of the concepts have been discussed for production, Simcoe confirmed.
We do know General Motors does potentially have something in the pipeline. As part of its 20 electric cars by 2023 announcement, GM included a “luxury low-roof” car as part of its plans. We don’t have the definition of a “low-roof car,” but something elegant like a coupe certainly does come to mind. We also know a large majority of the future electric cars will be Cadillacs.
Skip to 22:40 for the brief coupe conversation, but stay for the entire interview, which goes deeper into Simcoe’s personal design ethos and where GM design is heading.