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GM’s Cadillac division is on a roll lately. After confirming the production of three new carsincluding the XTS large luxury saloon, the BMW3-Series rivaling ATS compact sports sedan, and the ELR Coupe plug-in hybrid EV, Cadillac revealed an impressive new concept model called Ciel that looks into the future but winks at the past.Named after the French word for sky, the Ciel is a large (5.174 mm or 203.7-in. in length) four-seat, four-door convertible with “suicide” rear doors and no B-pillar reminiscent of the 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible.
“Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey.”
The Ciel was developed at GM’s North Hollywood Design Center, with Niki Smart as the lead exterior designer and Gael Buzyn responsible for interior development. A wheelbase of 3,175 mm (125 inches) provides ample space for the passengers.
Buzyn, who opted for the use of Italian olive wood, machined aluminum and hand-crafted leather with warm colors to dress the cabin, shares Dean’s point of view:
“With the Ciel the journey is the thing, so the interior is a place of uncompromising comfort and elegance that makes the journey more enjoyable. Nothing distracts from the open driving experience and the color and materials lend the feeling that the car’s interior blends with the surroundings.”
The all-wheel drive concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the company’s direct injection 3.6-liter V6 and an electric motor using a lithium-ion battery pack. The system’s combined output reaches 425HP and 583 Nm (430 lb-ft) of peak torque, making the Ciel not just a looker, but also a performer.
So are we going to see a production version of this flagship convertible, or was it created just to wow the crowds at the Pebble Beach event? Clay Dean’s answer is straightforward: “We wouldn’t be showing it if we didn’t have any intentions of doing anything with it”, he told Autonews.
Moreover, Dean revealed, the all-new Ciel architecture is going to be used on other Cadillac models. Our take is that a flagship sedan would be the prime candidate.
The 2009 XLR is Cadillac’s flagship vehicle. This luxurious high-performance two-seat roadster shares the same platform as the Corvette.
The Cadillac XLR features a magnetic-fluid-based real-time damping suspension that continually adapts to different road conditions. It’s propelled by a 320 horsepower 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Unique to luxury sports cars and to achieve a proper 50/50 weight distribution, the transmission is mounted in the rear. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side-impact air bags with head and thorax protection, electronic vehicle stability control, and traction control.
For 2009 the Cadillac XLR receives an interior and exterior refresh.
The Cadillac XLR-V is a high performance version of the XLR.
The XLR-V is a two-door roadster powered by a supercharged 4.4-liter V8 that develops 443-hp. Power is delivered through a rear mounted six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. XLR-V comes standard with 19-inch wheels and tires, adjustable traction control, performance brakes, and a large diameter front stabilizer bar. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side-impact air bags with head and thorax protection, electronic vehicle stability control, and traction control.
For 2009 the Cadillac XLR-V receives an interior and exterior refresh.