Report: Cadillac Gives Escala Concept The Green Light For Production, Coming In 202166
Cadillac has often said its concept cars aren’t made with production in mind, but the well-received Escala fastback sedan is poised to break that trend. According to Autoline, Cadillac has given the Escala a green light for production.
AutoForecast Solutions supplied the intel and claimed the sedan, which will wear the “Escala” nameplate and not an alphanumeric badge, will enter production in December 2021.
The firm’s information alleges the Escala will ride on the Omega platform, which currently only underpins the Cadillac CT6, and it will most certainly represent the brand’s flagship model, should the information prove reliable.
The production Escala will be built at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the Chevrolet Volt, Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6 are also built, per the report.
The Escala debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and previewed future Cadillac design language inside and out. It’s worth noting the Detroit-Hamtramck plant only builds sedans, so it’s quite likely we’ll see the Escala keep its four-door with a liftback layout. We have rendered a true Escala sedan minus the liftback for your viewing pleasure above.
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If this rumor is true, that is awesome! I certainly hope they keep the name or at least use a name. I like when car companies name their cars.
Maybe it will be a trim level designation, E.g. Denali or the new Avenir, as opposed to the current Platinum that they use on the CT6. 2019 CT6 Escala perhaps? 🙂
I have seen the Escala in person…it’s beautiful and I love the design direction.
Glad it is approve. I wonder if they kept the 5 door hatch?
Be forewarned there may be some changes due to time and the fact the car we have see was a pure show car. I would expect they will keep much of the styling as close as they can.
they need to keep the lift back hatch. Sedan sales have plummeted, and it will be a mistake if they make this car just a sedan. One of the great things about telsa is the practicality of the luggage space. C’mon Caddy, don’t let tesla be the only risk taker.
I agree regarding the liftback, I hope that stays from the concept. Cadillac’s “Dare Greatly” was a stupid slogan when so much was just a safe copy of someone else’s car. Making the Escala with very few changes to the concept car would be truly daring greatly. I’m not sold on the fabric seating, and I’d like it to be a bit more angular, but otherwise it’s an impressive car.
I’d also like to see them match the upcoming Audi A8 in “active suspension” to yield a very smooth comfortable ride when desired. Though I think the exterior of the upcoming A8 looks terrible, especially the front end – it looks like a big fish puckering up for a kiss. The Escala, even as is, blows away the upcoming A8 in terms of exterior design.
I’ve been telling you for years Cadillac is going to destroy the automotive world. This is just one example! It’s coming!
What wrong Cadillac has liftback ? Audi A7 is liftback, It has been for many years. Audi has proved there is market who want to buy luxury liftback.
Yours truly included, but I want mine bigger than an ATS and smaller than an S-Class.
It just might be that the CT5 will end up a lift-back also 🙂
Why does it only have to be a lift gate? Why can’t it be a
2 door coupe
2 door liftgate
4 door sedan
4 door liftgate
This is great news. But what they really need is a full size CUV. Sport models of the CUVs. Better interiors. Not cheap out on things like auto dimming mirrors. More hybrid, plugin, EREV options for each model.
This is good news, but it will become better for the U.S. and China market if it also had an EREV option, as in the CT6.
As I’m certain this will be built on a CT6 architecture, all of the options you mentioned are already engineered.
This is fantastic news! I wish it would have been fast-tracked to production earlier than 2021, but I’ll take it. Interestingly, this would be about the same time that we would start to see a replacement to CT6. I’m curious how this will impact that model, and Cadillac’s sedan portfolio in general.
While I hope the production model is as close to concept form as possible, I expect we will see some changes in order to keep with the times and progress the design language. I just hope its big, close to concept form, ultra-luxurious, and keeps the sportback.
I think the Escala will replace the CT6.
No. CT6 will become an E-class car in its second gen. Probably will be slightly reduced.
CT7 – a large coupe. Probably will get its own name.
CT8(ESCALA) – sedan or a liftback, large cabrio. Or probably all of them.
I say you and Henry are wrong. The next generation CT6 will continue to remain in its current form as a large luxury sedan, but light years better than its current cycle.
I know that I might be off base.. but I see this car being better as A New 2021 Chevy Impala LTZ AWD TT V6 or 6.2L V8
Give me a cool, fun liftback and I’m in.
Sooner the better.
2 years to determine they have a winner and another 3 years to build. Nothing like striking when the fire is hot.
Like the Acura NSX.
Hope that they loose the has been head light. Baijun (spelling, opps) is already using them. I like the beams on XT4.
If this is true, I absolutely love it. The two Halo vehicles will have names. The Escalade for the SUV’s and the Escala for the Cars. Makes perfect sense.
Excellent news, if true!
I hope this is true!!! Cadillac needs a genuine flagship sedan! One that embodies all that the brand stands for and is capable of producing! More so than a supped up CUV or SUV; or even an exotic luxury sports coupe! If they get the Escala right, this can open the door for a really bright future for Cadillac: where they’ll return to tier-1 status, reclaim the respect and cache they’ve lost over the decades, and elevate the GM company as a whole!!!
I’m rooting for you Cadillac!
Scott Pruitt sure is an idiot of biblical proportions.
I’m really hoping we’ll have to navigate through a touch screen menu to set the fan and radio controls. Nothing says visceral driving experience like awkward, poorly implemented digital controls for mechanical systems.
Looks like I will have a Cadillac sedan in my future! Will it be offered as a 2 door?
Didn’t Tesla do pre-orders of some kind. Might not be a bad idea to separate the tire kickers. I’ll be ready for a nice CPO CT6 Plat by then to replace my XTS. Chicago auto show had the full red carpet Escala treatment and the lady promised the V8 is coming soon.
Too bad Cadillac is stuck with dealers and can’t sell direct like TSLA.
JDN, has said it’s flagship would not have four door’s to it, so what that means it will be either be a Five-Door lift back or a Two-door coupe. This fits with they will have a full line of crossover’s and new escalade suv, by 2020-2021. And Cadillac’s flagship will be all-electric.
That’s great news but December 2021 is almost five years away and the Escala concept is already 18 months old. Let’s hope what gets launched is akin to Escala 2.0.
More like 4 years but I am with you on that. Way too long from show to production. What ever it looks like and whenever it’s produced it has to be top tier in every way. They need to not just match the competition but leap frog them.
like all the prototype gm will screw the design it at the end ……
One has to wonder will the 2019-2020 Cadillac Escala feature the C8 Corvette’s Z06 engine or will it be electric; but being that the Escala will become Cadillac’s ‘halo’ car, the Escala V will feature 700-800 horsepower, possibly AWD and a base price of $90K.