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Old 03-18-2018, 12:12 AM
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Default Report of Production Cadillac Escala

A new report, and a hopeful one, has surfaced on www.gminsidenews.com on March 15, 2018, as well as a part of the Autoline video-clip posted on the same site from March 14, 2018, indicated that a production Cadillac Escala, based on the well-received concept, will reach fruition in 2021, based on the Omega RWD chassis. This is an early-on report, but it makes a lot of sense, for not only is the concept credible and popular, but it would recoup cost and investment in Omega, and utilizing it for an additional vehicle, even if a lower volume one. Also, and in recent months, Johan was quoted on saying, "Cadillac will have a flagship model, but it won't be a 4-door sedan". The Escala is a 4-door fastback/coupe, with a lift-back rear, and not a 4-door sedan. Here, I feel that the handwriting was on the wall.

I also feel that a flagship would be an Escala or something like it, and not a Cien-type mid-engined supercar as a flagship, for something like a Cien would be more like a halocar, even lower volume yet, rather than a flagship. Going on a slight tangent - who knows, the Cien, or something like it, could still be possible, for it could be based on the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, but that's another story.

Here's the report from GMInsideNews from 3/15/18: http://www.gminsidenews.com/articles...et-production/

Here's the news-video posted on Autoline, shared with GMInsideNews on 3/14/18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Xh3_LL77A

Also, which makes this more credible is that it wasn't posted on April Fools Day. That would be another cruel joke. I'll be following this one, and let's see where this all goes.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:25 AM
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I'm hoping the Escala will REPLACE the boring CT6 without any overlap and that Cadillac goes back to NAMES. If they had any brains, they'd name the CT5 which is replacing the ATS and CTS (more or less) the Elmiraj or Seville.
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I believe that the CT6 is soon getting a facelift, perhaps for 2019, as cladded test-mule were spotted, and being more Escada-like in theme and design-language. I see a production Escada being the large (larger than CT6), and lower-volume flagship, a 4-door fastback-coupe with frame-less door-glass and the rear-liftback, hence blurring some lines between a sedan, coupe and crossover. In ways, it brings it along the lines of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe, the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7/S7, and, somehow that's how I see the recently teased Audi E-Tron GT 4-door coupe.
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:42 AM
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With the eye-opening reveal of the updated CT6 during this past week (from this posting), with bolder Escala elements, and the introduction of the 4.2L twin-turbo V8, and in two states of tune, this adds even more credibility to the report of a production Escala. The V8 was in the Escala, and I believe two other concepts, although unseen. To make things even better, there's the one version with 500HP for the regular line, but the one with 550HP and a massive 627lb-ft for the V-Sport, a surprise revealing. Here, we all thought that a Cadillac-exclusive high-feature V8 was shelved, or dead, after the Northstar was retired, and that the Escalade and high-performance models would only get the LT1 and LT4, respectively. Past reports have said that there will be no CT6 V, but, that's OK, for the CT6 V-sport with that new V8 is damn healthy! However, I see a future CT5 V with either an LT4 or an even more tuned 4.2L V8 variant, just my personal view.

Getting back to the main topic, I see the updated CT6 and CT6 V-sport setting the stage for a production Escala, if that is what it will be named, if not something alpha-numeric. It makes sense, too, adding a flagship to be more of a player with the big boys, and recouping development costs of the Omega platform. Also, being a larger, more aggressive and elegant 4-door coupe, lower and longer than the CT6 with frameless door-glass, a narrow DRL, with a fastback/liftback, and be a lower-volume seller.

Going on a slight tangent - what I would like to see is maybe a variant of the Omega for Buick division. There was a credible concept, the Avenir build on it, and was well-received. Perhaps it could also be a 4-door coupe with a liftback, and not a 4-door sedan, as something of a halocar, not as large as the Escala and lower in the food-chain, yet upmarket. Maybe it could be a new Riviera, a new take on it. Engine-wise, either an LT1, or a detuned 4.2L (something like that was done in the past with the Buick Lucerne and Pontiac Bonneville GXP), or a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 or the 3.0L twin-turbo V6 from the CT6. I feel it would do well for the brand's image.
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that engine is a surprise, LS 500 better up it's game!
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that engine is a surprise, LS 500 better up it's game!
I predict sales of the CT6 will remain dead despite the great-looking makeover.
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I'm hoping the Escala will REPLACE the boring CT6 without any overlap and that Cadillac goes back to NAMES. If they had any brains, they'd name the CT5 which is replacing the ATS and CTS (more or less) the Elmiraj or Seville.
At least Caddy is listening / learning somewhat...the CT5 is a bridge car between CTS and ATS; which is what the PREVIOUS CTS was (at least from a size stand point). If they price it as it should be priced (IE, similar to what the previous gen CTS was) - and come out w/ a name, they might actually have a winner. In honesty - the CTS probably has decent name/brand recognition - so simply calling it a CTS would likely confuse consumers.

It's interesting that in a world of focusing brand lines, Caddy has the CT6, CTS and XTS -which arguably all compete in the same category (size wise).
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...It's interesting that in a world of focusing brand lines, Caddy has the CT6, CTS and XTS -which arguably all compete in the same category (size wise).
It's similar at Lexus with the ES and the GS, with the ES winning the sales battle hands down.
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Cadillac is putting so much resources into shrinking segments instead of coming out with a much needed Escalade Sport, which is what they should call a Range Rover Sport Competitor instead of XT6 or XT7 or whatever dumb naming convention they're onto now.
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Cadillac is putting so much resources into shrinking segments instead of coming out with a much needed Escalade Sport, which is what they should call a Range Rover Sport Competitor instead of XT6 or XT7 or whatever dumb naming convention they're onto now.
The Escalade needs to stop being a Chevy with a Cadillac wreath.

Cadillac needs its Cayenne to slot below the Escalade and using Chevy platforms like the Tahoe/Suburban, Equinox (XT4/5) and the Traverse (XT6?) are simply NOT up to the game.

A VERY clever thing to do would be to phone up someone and ink a platform-sharing agreement to cut costs.

An RWD/AWD deal with Hyundai-Kia would make obvious sense given the building/rebuilding nature of Genesis and Cadillac respectively.
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