This Cadillac Escala Creation Is How Americans Will Buy Wagons Again


This is like when attractive actors and actresses play the role of the high school nerd.

As far as we know, the Cadillac Escala concept unveiled at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will never make it to production, and that’s a shame because just look at it. With a simple and elegant design, the Escala makes it easy to spawn different renditions of the same body and have them come out as stunners. Apparently, rendering artist Theophilus Chin thought the same thing and got down and dirty with the Escala and yielded this gorgeous wagon.

While Americans seem to be allergic to the functional and sporty SUV replacements, Europe loves them and rightfully so. However, if this wagon ever made it to production, we’d place our bets that Americans would gobble it up. Given Cadillac’s history we think it should build it. We once harped on Cadillac for having gone after sales by copying the Germans and not using its own American luxury identity to its advantage. The Escala proves that Cadillac shares the same belief because the simple yet handsome exterior and an interior that takes us back to classic Caddys with an evolved touch makes the Escala a natural winner. We also know that the brand shares our sense of humor because it used to produce the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.

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That car was perfect because it satisfied the wife’s need for practicality while appealing to the more emotional husbands. If GM’s luxury flagship brand ever decides to make the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that it had proposed (if it isn’t now on the chopping block), then an Escala wagon would be a perfect application for the power plant. If we were to fantasize, a V variant would be a no brainer. In either case, this was going to happen one way or another. Cadillac may have made the Escala a four-door hatchback to be an Audi A7 competitor, but by ditching the automatically raising trunk floor in favor of a much easier to use liftgate, the Escala gains practical everyday functionality that could see it to production.

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