The backstory for the stunning Cadillac Escala Concept is a little different than either the Ciel Concept or Elmiraj Concept that came before it. Unlike the airy Ciel or the striking Elmiraj, which were designed by GM’s studios in North Hollywood, the elegant Escala was pieced together by a sharp team in Warren, Michigan.
“Sometimes we have internal competitions, and we won that car,” said Taki Karras, exterior design manager for the Cadillac Escala. Karras also holds the same position for the 2019 Cadillac CT6 exterior design.
“We try to take the best ideas from our studios around the world. Specifically for Cadillac, we try to keep everything in North America,” Karras continued.
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 exterior design refresh seems to deliberately blend the futuristically simple design language of the Escala concept with that of a production Cadillac.
“A lot of areas on the car are inspired by Escala,” said Karras, “and lighting (on the 2019 CT6) is one of those areas. We added a little horizontal on the daylight signature, which is taken from Escala.”
Karras, a Greek-American from Ohio, credits the balance of eye-catching presence and crisp minimalist themes on the Escala concept to the strong proportions one should expect on a Cadillac.
“If we go back to the Escala concept. Overall the theme of that car was very clean and tasteful, but the details on that car spoke to the modern quality and detail-oriented execution. That’s hard to do if you don’t have good proportions. We get unique architectures for Cadillac. We can afford to be simple. It’s when you compromise proportion that we as designers will play up design elements to overshadow proportions.”
The clean, detail-oriented design themes also can be found on the 2019 Cadillac CT6 and first-ever 2019 CT6 V-Sport, which comes with a potent 550 horsepower from a new 4.2L DOHC twin-turbo V8 engine, known as LTA. It joins the 2019 Cadillac XT4 small crossover as the latest entrants from the storied brand into a very competitive and stylish luxury vehicle market.
“I think one of the hardest things to do are to keep things simple but expressive. There are some brands that are doing a really good job of that… I was walking the show floor this morning and it just seems that everybody is really raising the bar. Doesn’t make our job easy, but it makes it exciting.”