Cadillac stunned the world yesterday by unveiling the Elmiraj Concept ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now, not even a full 24 hours after the unveiling of the full-size coupe concept that “demonstrates Cadillac’s vision for luxury driving and the top of the brand’s expanding range”, the vehicle has received (nearly) universally-positive praise from enthusiasts, the media, and (probably) even grandparents all over the world.
But a rather important aspect of the Elmiraj that could easily be missed among the excitement and plethora of details is something that could be easily missed: the Elmiraj uses the chassis and structural elements of “an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production”, according to Cadillac. Furthermore, the new architecture “expands the brand’s commitment to lightweight RWD performance” that has become a celebrated trait of the ATS sport sedan and the all-new 2014 CTS sport sedan that launches this fall.
A source close to GM’s engineering efforts tells us that the vehicle architecture being used in the Elmiraj, although still in development, is none other than the upcoming Omega platform.
One could think of Omega, according to our sources, as being based on the Alpha vehicle architecture underpinning the ATS, new CTS, and upcoming 2015 (or 2016) sixth-generation Camaro, only stretched in every direction — with everything being bigger and better. In engineering the architecture, however, our sources tell us that GM’s top priority is to make Omega-based vehicles very light by using a combination of advanced materials and creative light-weighting techniques.
The Elmiraj will have to tide us over until an actual Omega-based production vehicle arrives — which, at this point, should be around 2015 or 2016.