The unveiling of the Escala sedan at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show in California indicates significant change is in the works for General Motors’ up-level brand, says The Sleuth’s informants. Although the concept model is based on the just-arriving 2017 CT-6 flagship, overall length has been increased by six inches, while the distance between the front and rear wheels is up by five inches. The roofline also extends to the rearmost part of the car, but unlike most hatchbacks, only the glass portion lifts up to access the stowage area. A twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8 rests between the fenders, but Cadillac would likely add an electric powertrain based on what’s in the Chevrolet Volt if, or when, the Escala makes it to the production stage.


The Escala concept is based on the CT6 sedan but with a six-inch stretch in length. The sloped-back design is reminiscent of the Audi A7 but only the rear glass of the Escala lifts to gain access to the storage compartment.

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