Is this the flagship sedan that’s going to reinvigorate Cadillac?

The Cadillac Escala was one of the stars of the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was unveiled primarily to showcase Caddy’s future design language, which the company planned to use on some of its production models. A little over a year later, the Escala is back in the headlines for an entirely different reason. According to reports, it’s now headed to production.

Report: Cadillac Could Take on the BMW 8 Series, Audi A8, and Porsche Panamera with a Production Version of Escala Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The reports claim that the production version of the Escala would share its platform with the CT6

Reports of the Cadillac Escala’s future comes to us by way of a rumor from Auto Forecast Solutions, cited by a recent video posted by Autoline Daily. The reports claim that the production version of the Escala would share its platform with the CT6, Caddy’s current range-topping beauty. Specific details about the model are still unclear, including the physical stature of the model. Yes, we still don’t know if the production version of the Escala will take the shape of a sedan that’s similar to the concept we saw at Pebble Beach in 2016 or something different entirely. Judging by the concept, though, it’s hard to imagine it not being a sedan.

The concept version made quite an impression at Pebble Beach. It was massive in an awe-inspiring kind of way, measuring a staggering 210.5 inches long, or around 6.5 inches longer than the current CT6. Its incredible size gave the Escala Concept a majestic aura, the kind reserved only for the truest of flagship models. It also had all the bells and whistles you’d normally see on a concept, including the visual emphasis on the body that was manifested prominently on its statesman-like profile. There’s no denying that the Cadillac Escala Concept was developed specifically for the purpose of showcasing the best that Cadillac had to offer. Even company president Johan de Nysschen said as much during the concept’s premiere, calling the Escala the symbol of the brand’s “return to the pinnacle of premium.”

Report: Cadillac Could Take on the BMW 8 Series, Audi A8, and Porsche Panamera with a Production Version of Escala Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The Escala Concept would certainly fit into what we all imagine the CT8 could look like

With this new report of a possible production future, we’re required to dust off a model that Cadillac planned to produce a few years ago that was ultimately shelved. Remember the CT8? That was the model that the company had intended to develop to serve as the crown jewel of its lineup. The CT8 would slot higher than the CT6 and would be Cadillac’s response to some of the segment’s most luxurious of luxury models. There even came a point where Cadillac trademarked a host of names for its future models, including the CT8. But alas, nothing came out of it and those plans were eventually scrapped.

Fast forward to 2018 and this new report from Autoline could be a hint that the CT8 sedan has some new life to it. The Escala Concept would certainly fit into what we all imagine the CT8 could look like. Clearly, there are still more questions than answers at this point, but if you were disappointed to hear that Caddy shelved plans to produce the CT8 flagship back in 2016, there’s now a flicker of hope that those plans are coming to fruition after all.

Better late than never, right?

References

Report: Cadillac Could Take on the BMW 8 Series, Audi A8, and Porsche Panamera with a Production Version of Escala Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac Escala Concept.

2019 Cadillac CT8 Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Cadillac CT8.

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