Cadillac is one of the leading car brands that has made a mark in delivering premium vehicles ranging from sedans and SUVs. Just like other car brands, Cadillac has also been working towards technological advancements and innovation that will shape the future of the car industry. Over the year, the brand had showcased a variety of innovative and interesting concept cars that have left a mark.
Let’s have a look at some of the best concept cars that have been showcased by Cadillac since its inception.
Cadillac Cien Concept
In 2002, to mark the 100th anniversary of the brand, Cadillac unveiled this concept car to the public at the Detroit Auto Show which is one of the most prestigious auto shows around the globe. The Cadillac Cien Concept was a two-door coupe that feature in the Hollywood movie “The Island”. It also made its way to the video games Gran Turismo 4 and Midnight Club 2. The most outstanding features of the concept included a 7.5-litre V12 engine that could produce 750 horsepower.
Cadillac Converj Concept
This 2009 concept sported an elegant and grand exterior that left a lasting impression. Showcased during the 2009 North American International Auto Show, Cadillac Converj Concept became the inspiration for Cadillac ELR. The inspired model went into production during 2013-2016 but the manufactured units were less than 3000.
Cadillac Ciel Concept
This concept was an attempt to add further to the luxury car collection that Cadillac offers, The Cadillac Ciel Concept was a hybrid electric concept that was fitted with a 3.6-liter engine and could produce 425 horsepower. Unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an esteemed auto show. Initially, the automaker had plans to take the vehicle into production however, the idea was later aborted in 2013. The manufacturer considered the cost of production was not worth investing in. The Cadillac Ciel Concept was a convertible and had suicide doors.
Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Car
In 2013, the brand was back with another promising concept car this time a sedan with a timeless design. The elegant Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Car was a four-door luxury coupe that was also presented at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The full-size coupe comes equipped with a 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that can produce 500 horsepower. The vehicle also featured a pillarless hardtop profile which was seen after a very long time (since the late 70s).
Cadillac Escala Concept
Another vehicle to make its first appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the 2016 Cadillac Escala Concept. The vehicle was a design collaboration between Eric Um, Aaron Riggs, and Frank Wu. There is no confirmation regarding the fate of this concept, but the vehicle did have some advanced features which are yet to be seen in the latest models by the brand.
Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept
In 2010, a futuristic concept car was offered by the brand called Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept. Interestingly, this robotic-looking hatchback only had three doors and four seats. The vehicle made its public appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2010. The vehicle also featured scissor doors and touchpad screens in place of traditional gauge inside the cabin giving this vehicle a progressive appeal.
Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept
First unveiled in 2008 at the North American International Auto Show, this marvelous concept car exuded a striking design that drew attention. The team put a great amount of attention into the design of the vehicle, and it was a delight to see.
Cadillac Cyclone Concept
A slightly older concept car by the brand was the Cadillac Cyclone Concept that was showcased in 1959. The vehicle resembled a rocket and had an extravagant appeal to it. The two-seater bubble top convertible comes fitted with a 390 cubic inch V8 engine that could produce 325 horsepower. The fascinating car was designed by Harley Earl, and it made an appearance at the 1959 Daytona 500 Festivities.
Cadillac Provoq Plug-in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept
In 2008, Cadillac also introduced Cadillac Provoq Plug-in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept which was a crossover vehicle. The car was part of the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle comes equipped with a hybrid powertrain. The concept was later evolved to make Cadillac SRX in 2010.
Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept
Presented at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept is a luxury sedan that comes equipped with 3.6-liter V6 engine and a plug-in hybrid system. The fine craftsmanship and great attention to detailing can be seen with its interior that accentuates its luxury stance.
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Concept cars are being manufactured and presented by leading car brands at renowned car shows for years. While some of these become success stories, others simply remain a source of inspiration for future line-ups. Some concepts are also made with no intention of ever be taken into production by the brand. Instead, they are interested in gathering feedback about the vehicle or a particular feature used in the vehicle from the public. They use the feedback to build future technology. These concepts by Cadillac were impressive displays by the brand but were not produced by the manufacturer for one reason or the other.