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Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury

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On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury

Surprisingly, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet isn't the biggest fugster in LA. We've come to realize that spot belongs to the Urban Luxury Concept from Cadillac. Taking nearly every intersting angle and curve out of the modern automobile, Cadillac presents a truly shapeless take on (luxurious?) urban commuting.

Now, urban commuters aren't exactly the most visually stimulating, emotion-stirring vehicles to begin with. But at least they usually sport some semblance of a hood. Cadillac's concept, not so much. The big, prominent Caddy grille sweeps straight into the roof with nary a bump that could be referred to as a hood, only to meet the brick wall of the rear end. Some might prefer this over the tiny pug noses of other urban vehicles, but I think it just makes the Caddy look like a slightly sculpted mini-fridge on wheels. It doesn't emanate premium luxury car to me. It also seems like it'd be difficult to see the road out of that drastically raked windshield, but I didn't sit in it, so I can't be sure.

What I can be sure of is the specs that Cadillac detailed. The Urban Luxury Concept is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with electric-assist and start/stop technology. It has a dry, dual-clutch gearbox. With that small powertrain, the concept boasts an estimated 78 mpg.

The concept is 3.8 meters long and Cadillac squeezed four seats inside. Presumably to make entry a little easier for the rear passengers, it goes with the bold scissor doors rather than more conventional hinges.

To help the concept earn its 'luxury' booking, Cadillac adds such interior elements as leather seats, multi-touch switches, wood trim and brushed aluminum accents. Still, though, that exterior has a lot of 'splainen to do if they want to call this thing a luxury car.

We don't expect to see much clamoring for Cadillac to pull the on switch for this one, so we're guessing it will retire a concept. But Cadillac reps did say that the car was meant to demonstrate that the brand is thinking beyond its current offerings.


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