The General Motors Design team has released a sketch that was used during the design process for the Cadillac Escala concept car.
The Cadillac Escala first debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and ushered in a new design ethos for the Cadillac brand. While a production version of the Escala never came about, some aspects of the design carried over to the Cadillac CT5, including the taillight design, roof silhouette and unique notched rear three-quarter window glass. The Escala’s grille shape, narrow LED headlamps and vertical LED light signatures can also be seen throughout the current Cadillac range.
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The Cadillac Escala was designed by former Cadillac lead exterior designer Frank Wu and GM senior creative designer Aaron Riggs. It’s not clear who completed this sketch, although GM is a large company that usually has an entire team of designers working on one single vehicle design, so it’s possible that this sketch was done by neither Wu nor Riggs. The greyscale sketch has the exact same exterior design as the Escala, although some aspects are a bit different, including the wheel design. This sketch also does not have a crease to determine where the front door ends and the rear passenger door begins and does not have side-view mirrors.
Cadillac is well-known for developing handsome concept cars like this. In addition to the Escala, the automaker has also generated praise from both the media and consumers alike with attractive designs like the Cadillac Ciel and Cadillac Elmiraj. Like the Escala, neither the Ciel or Elmiraj reached production, though their design influence still had a positive impact on the American luxury brand’s product range.
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