Back in March of this year, former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen further confirmed the birth of a new halo vehicle that will “stun the world”. Rather than wearing an alphanumeric nameplate, this sedan will reportedly be called the “Escala,” the same names as the Cadillac Escala Concept that was revealed at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is said to represent “the next evolution of Cadillac design” while also previewing the workmanship and technology that is being developed for future vehicles.
Just as watchmakers create pieces that were inspired by automobiles, the automotive industry borrows ideas from the watch world. Such is true for the Cadillac Escala concept, which features an eloquent design and quality make that are drawn from the watch industry, says Robb Report. There is certainly much to be said about how the appearance of the Escala’s interior and exterior were influenced by premium timepieces.
Cadillac’s executive director of global design, Andrew Smith, can often be seen sporting a vintage Heuer Camaro among a number of other collectible watches.
The exterior features a wide array of metallic accents that indicates horological trends and also draw a direct link to watches themselves. The sophisticated fascia includes a black grille has a faint bronze finish to better reflect light and also show off the many three-dimensional, V-shaped design elements of the front end. Laetitia Lopez, a creative designed in Cadillac’s color and trim department, explained in the luxury magazine’s feature that these finishes are ones you’d find on quality watches.
Moving on to the inside, Cadillac designers drew inspiration for the interior elements from horologists’ finishing methods. The small knobs are accented with delicate contrasting finishes that are often seen on movement plates. Cadillac’s website describes the Escala interior as having “overt luxury” and “covert technology.” The hand-finished artistry is much to be appreciated, as is the technology itself.
Although the Cadillac Escala concept is a little over two years old, the vehicle continues to excite enthusiasts as a symbol of what’s to come, and ranks as one of the best-looking Cadillac concept cars to date. Spanish for “scale,” the Escala will certainly make an entrance when it is born and tip the scales a bit in the luxury sedan industry.