The Cadillac Escala concept that stunned the 0.1-percent in Pebble Beach just made its official auto-show debut in Los Angeles and, although there are still legions of rich folks who desire large, opulent transportation, they seem to be souring to big sedans. Then why did Cadillac develop the Escala in a production studio as we optimistically reported from Pebble Beach? Because Cadillac wants the zillion and one design details and its essential aesthetic ethos to be baked in to Cadillac’s future flagship—whatever body categorization it ultimately takes. In fact, there’s a second Escala sitting in that studio right now while this one travels. Here’s what to look for in future Caddys:
CONFIDENT, ATHLETIC STANCE
The Escala was designed to telegraph the performance capability of its underlying architecture. The concept’s look and swagger suggest it’s a driver’s car, yet the rear-seat space and appointments peg it as a great car in which to be driven.