Coming from over 100 years of rich heritage like that of the General Motor’s Cadillac is bound to set your tastes at a very high benchmark. True to its history, the Cadillac group has not remained behind either and has incorporated up to date innovations and technologies to build trend-setting concept designs that are the envy of fellow luxury auto-makers.
Since its beginning, Cadillac has claimed many industry firsts with significant engineering advancements such as electric self-starters among others and this is made possible by the company’s brand motto which is the “art and science” of car design.
With its strong emphasis on bold, trendsetting design that is usually rebellious and risky, their exteriors are outrageously designed and they still manage to stay true to some of their own signature looks. Cadillac’s concept cars are usually made for the future and provide the reference for their future models.
This is why we bring you the trendsetter list. Here are 15 of the most recent and sweetest concept cars from the Cadillac brand.
15. Cadillac Escala
Cadillac built this concept car and introduced it at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Escala is nicely designed with expressive vertical lightings, sophisticated face, overt and covert luxury, and technology. The 2020 Escala is nicely designed with enhancing driving and is available in sedan and convertible platform.
According to Andrew Smith, the Escala was an opportunity to break the rules a bit and went on to say its what Cadillac should do from time to time.
14. Cadillac Elmiraj
Cadillac Elmiraj was also created for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of 2013. Elmiraj is built with the same styling theme that was first used in the Ciel concept; the visual and tech features of the Elmiraj have been also introduced in later models like the XTS and Escalade. This vehicle was done not only to display the future of the car but also to save the company from bankruptcy.
13. Cadillac Ciel
The open-air convertible Cadillac Ciel is a hybrid electric concept car built by Cadillac and also unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. Built with advance modern looks that redefines the interior and exterior design of the open-air convertibles. It still maintains the signature horizontal lightings of the Cadillac other concepts and was describe by Gael Buzyn as the design that touches the sky.
12. Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept (ULC)
ULC is a gasoline-electric hybrid city concept car built by Cadillac and displayed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The ULC bears resemblance to smart cars and is made this way to show Cadillac's interest in downsized cars as cars of the future. With its nice doors that give the sameness of a Lamborghini wing when it opens, the cabin of the ULC is very attractive and complete even for its small size.
11. Cadillac Aera
Now, the ULC was not the only car that Cadillac displayed in the 2010 LA Auto Show design challenge, as the Cadillac Aera also made its appearance too. The Aera displays the true beauty of imagination and maintained Cadillac’s philosophy of ‘art and science’ according to Jussi Timonen.
The Aera is built with flexible polymer skin that optimizes aerodynamics and is ultra-light in weight. The best part of this vehicle is that it is powered by compressed air through very efficient Pneumatic Drive Systems of over 10,000-psi.
10. Cadillac XTS Platinum
2010 was definitely a good year for Cadillac to issue three concept cars in one year. This concept car was later the basis for the Cadillac XTS models that have been produced since 2013 for the Chinese and later American markets.
The Platinum concept was is a plug-in hybrid vehicle with a nicely designed hand-sewn interior and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display in place of regular gauges.
9. Cadillac World Thorium Fuel (WTF)
The World Thorium Concept car was manufactured to celebrate the company’s centennial anniversary and, you guessed it, the WTF was powered by Thorium. Wow, Cadillac should know that building supercars like this is great but the world is not ready for the future quite yet. With its nuclear power equaling 7,000 gallons of gasoline, this concept car can last 100 years without requiring fueling.
8. Cadillac Converj (PHEV)
The Cadillac Convej is an extended-range electric vehicle that was displayed in the Detriot Auto Show and North American International Autoshow of 2009. The Converj is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) whose battery can be recharged from any external electric power and by its engine. The Cadillac Converj became the bases for the design and production of the Cadillac ELR in 2013.
7. Cadillac CTS Coupe
The Cadillac CTS sedan was introduced in the North American International Auto Show 2008 and was called the car that was kept secret. The CTS is a spacious 2+2 classic hardtop with no B-pillars and powered by a 2.9-liter turbo-diesel engine giving the sedan a true sport-luxury status.
6. Cadillac Provoq
The Cadillac Provoq is another concept crossover luxury vehicle that was manufactured by GM’s Cadillac and introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2008. The vehicle is also a plug-in hybrid technology that is a combination of a fifth-generation fuel cell and an electric-powered lithium-ion battery that uses no gas, just water.
5. Cadillac BLS
The Cadillac BLS was built for the European market and later introduced to other markets also. The front-wheel drive coupe is expensively designed with excellent driving performance. It features alloy wheels, Cadillac's signature vertical lightings, an bi-xenon technology. This concept vehicle was introduced at the 75th Geneva Motor Show in 2005 as a premium model mid-class sedan.
4. Cadillac Bertone Villa
Well, what can we say? This is one outrageously designed concept of the GM’s Cadillac brand. One of the motives of the Cadillac group in its design is breaking the rules and taking risks and they certainly displayed that with the Bertone Villa. Its symmetrical cutting line glass doors that give the car a glass bubbly look is not common with most cars.
3. Cadillac Sixteen
Built by the company to show why its the standard of the world, according to the CEO of General Motors Bob Lutz. The Cadillac Sixteen was designed by Harley Earl and is an imposing, exclusive, and luxury premium automobile. The car is equipped with a Cadillac’s aluminum 32-valve 13.6 liters V16 engine and produces 1,000 horsepower of power and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, which was outrageous considering the time.
2. Cadillac Cien
Cadillac created the Cadillac Cien to holistically illustrate the brand's modern fusion designs and technology. The Cien is a double door, rear mid-engine supercar that outputs excellent high-performance.
Unveiled at the brand's 100th anniversary in 2002, the vehicle was appropriately given the Spanish name for 100 "Cien” and, according to Cadillac, celebrates Cadillac’s past, present and its future.
1. Cadillac Vizon
The Vizon is Cadillac concept car that debuted in the North American International Auto Show of 2001 as a wagon based sport utility vehicle that has the traditional curves and edges of the Cadillac brand. The Vizon is a versatile and functional vehicle that provides comfort, performance, and beautiful aesthetics.