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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Scott 3, I would say they are going too keep it as a Five Door-Lift Back, this going to be there top Flagship/supercar. I’ve said all along that Cadillac supercar/flagship will not be a mid-engine supercar, but a more of a five-door lift-back.
This is the best news to come out of GM in a long time. If it is to be taken seriously, Cadillac abosuluty needs a flagship to go against the Germans. Its also very obvious that neither the Germans or Japanese are letting go of luxo barge flagship sedans as evident by the brand new models coming out from Audi and Lexus.
If this story is true,,there is still hope for Cadillac after all.
The A8 will set the benchmark more so than the LS 500. Cadillac needs to watch the former very closely.
Yes it true, and this Cadillac flagship/supercar model.
Escala-Flagship/supercar/Five-Door-Lift-back, CT6-sedan, CT5- sedan, CT4- sedan/hatchback, XT3/XT4/XT5/XT6 new crossover’s, new escalade suv.
awesome. my only gripe with the escala is its rear. beautiful car until you look at it from behind. It looks like the stern of a cruise ship and honestly don’t really look good without a bumper. the rendering of the Ct6 with the escala lighting is gorgeous and has a much prettier rear end with a bumper and better placement of the license plate. just my opinion, but if this is true I hope it comes in the 5 door fast back design something like the audi A7 and the jaguar XJ. it needs to be a top of the line premium vehicle with 0 corners cut on technology and quality. it will look definitely look great next to the new escalade which I imagine will be gorgeous
XTS Cadillac is long gone, it will be out of here real soon, it was just lose change for a moment.
Maybe, but didn’t some of the Escala design cues filter down to the refreshed XTS? Hopefully they reflect in energized sales.
The XTS will be around a few more years, so it won’t be next year as a final year.
Gorgeous Design ? Lift back or Sedan, we are !!
I am seriously excited that they are hopefully going to give it a name, and not a batch of numbers…Especially with the dramatic link to the Escalade. I would also love to see the return of a luxury, yet sporty Coupe from Cadillac…a takeoff of the Mercedes S series Coupe, without quite as much gadgetry to implode, at the four year, 50,000 Mile mark ☺️
Thanks much Cadillac, this is Great News…
Good new here…if Cadillac ups the interior quality!
Hatchback looks great on paper….
The small details like the tiny Cadillac emblems incorporated in the grille are neat.
Escala can begin by offering features like the CT6, then expand with V-Luxury, V-Sport and V.
If well received, then the CT6 can be dropped and the replacements for CT3 + CT5 can be Escala3 + Escala5.
Maybe SUVs will become Excala#. 🙂
I hate to say it, but the Escala in profile looks a lot like the new Lexus LS500, and looks even more like the Audi A7. It also looks a good bit like an enlarged Tesla Model S. Now I think the Escala concept looks better than any of those, but with a 2021 model year, the design might look dated by the time of release, unless it will be changed a great deal before then. It’s not uniquely “Cadillac” looking.
I’m very happy to hear that this beautiful car is going into production. I will be making this purchasing . Thank you GM & Cadillac
Drew Cadillac could make the concept car exactly as shown and somebody will find something they don’t like about it.
Which is a joke! Because this car is a master piece!
Brian, I’m not saying that the Escala concept isn’t a nice looking car. I’m saying that it’s not looking particularly original at this point, and could look “tired” by 2021 when it’s introduced. If the Escala had just hit the dealers at the same time last year’s Oscar telecast ad was released (or better yet, the Super Bowl, with the same commercial there) then Cadillac could bring a lot of cachet to the brand as well as sales for the new vehicle.
But especially with the new Lexus LS500 profile looking so similar now to the Escala concept, Cadillac will be solidifying its position as a copycat brand, rather than the bold leader it used to be. I’m all for Cadillac putting the Escala into production, but if they have to wait until 2021 then I hope they’ll tweak the appearance to be more angular “Cadillac” and less Lexus/Audi copycat. Even though it’s nice looking for what it is, if you ignore the very similar looking models already on the market.
Being original that’s your argument! Look being original went out the door years ago. There are so many cars on the road you bound to stumble on a design that looks similar to something else!
I would love to go back to the days where a patent ment something and companies where punished serverly for coping another companies idea’s!
The fact is this does the car look good? Will people want to buy it?
Yes and yes
In thinking about this and knowing GM, I think this announcement is really meaningless. A production date of December, 2021 is four years away. Given what we know about development cycles for new vehicles, that would suggest that GM hasn’t even begun work on this product. Therefore, all we have is a “green light” to begin development of a Cadillac flagship sedan which we know from the past can, and usually does, not reach fruition. There was supposedly a Zeta-based flagship coming but it was canceled. There was a CT8 coming and a product above the CT8 that was rumored to be a super-Cadillac. Both were canned. CT6 even was rumored to be on the chopping block just a short time ago although de Nysschen seems to have saved it for now. My suspicion, however, is that de Nysschen will be canned long before 2021 and any grandiose plan for an “Escala” type car will go out the door with him; CT6 may well not survive either.
None of this is, of course, what I want to see. I’d love to see Cadillac finally manage to regain their lost cachet and indeed become the ‘pinnacle of premium’ as de Nysschen likes to say. However, history tends to repeat itself and GM’s Board has never shown much willingness to invest in products that can’t pay their way. Quite simply there likely won’t be much of a business case for an Escala if sedan sales continue to flatline. I expect more FWD CUVs and an updated Escalade are much more likely to be what Cadillac is launching come December of 2021 than anything remotely like Escala. Again, not what I want but we all know this company, know their past and I think knowing that, it would be foolish to get excited about this announcement.
If they do it it has to rival at least the Mercedes Mabach. A car to match the Rolls would be great but I don’t think Cadillac will be ready for that y 2021.
If this is true Cadillac may finally have an S-Class fighter , the CT6 is a fine automobile but just not up to that level .
I have seen the car and believe the design of the exterior can be built just like the concept . The interior is anybody’s guess as 2021 is 3+ years from now and technology is a fast moving train .
This is a gutsy move on GM’s part with car sales on the decline but can go a long way to boost their image . For years now Escalade is what has kept things from going south , and Cadillac is a car company after all .
They need to be serious about Escala and keep those bean counters away from the car . Cadillac has the means to go to a Tier 1 level , it is going to boil down to the parts suppliers to come up with the right parts for the car .
It’s true like I said before, and if is not true then why is these next gen omega chassis in place? Like now. It would be a 2021 model year.
Cadillac’s Escala needs to be perfect and has to be a world class sports sedan meaning the Escala V needs to want being the best in the world for it’s class.
Capitilizing on the Escalade’s brand equity. Brilliant, the name is money.
In my opinion and I have been saying this for years, Cadillac needs to ditch the sedan style vehicle and offer A7 hatchbacks for all their sedan replacement vehicles. Offer a 5 door A3 size car but with RWD, 5 door A4 size car but with RWD, 5 door A6 size car but with AWD, and the ESCALA 5 door Halo car. Then go crazy with up to 6 or even 7 CUV/SUV vehicles.