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Cadillac Ciel Concept Makes European Premiere At Frankfurt IAA

Zürich – Cadillac’s stunning Ciel concept car will make its European premiere at the press days of next month’s Frankfurt International Motor Show. This elegant, four-door convertible – the name, means sky in French – melds high-tech features with traditional hand-turned luxury, symbolizing Cadillac tradition for bold design on a grand scale.

It wowed crowds after being unveiled last week at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in California and will be a major attraction on the Cadillac stand in Frankfurt.

The Ciel is a sumptuous celebration of the enjoyment of open-top motoring and demonstrates how Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy can be applied to top-of-the-line, luxury vehicles.

Thematic features include rear-hinged, rear doors for ease of access; extensive hand-turned aluminum, solid olive wood paneling; elegant chronograph-inspired instrumentation; personal connectivity portals for all passengers, and the provision of pull-out, cashmere lap blankets. The sumptuous leather seats are heated and ventilated, and equipped with a drawer containing sun lotion, sun glasses and towels, with aromatherapy provided from the rear armrest.

 

Riding on 22-inch, nickel-plated wheels braked by carbon ceramic discs, the Ciel is exceptionally spacious with a wheelbase 305 mm longer than the current CTS model. Propulsion comes from a 317 kW/425 hp, twin-turbocharged version of the CTS’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, teamed with all-wheel drive and a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.

In addition, Cadillac will exhibit its 2012 European product portfolio. All-new products on display will include the Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition and the CTS-V Sport Wagon, supplementing the V-Series Coupe and Sedan. Additional updated models on display will be the SRX (with improved drive characteristics and torque availability) and the CTS range. Cadillac’s CTS luxury Sedan, Coupe and Sport Wagon now feature a front end styling refresh, an upgraded V6 engine and now offer a new Touring Edition for the 2012 model year.

 

 

The CTS’s new 3.6L V6 uses a lighter, more efficient design to give customers more power at the same fuel consumption as the 3.6L V6 it replaces. The new engine delivers 322 horsepower (237 kW) and 372 Nm of torque, compared to 311 HP (229 kW) and 370 Nm of torque.

The CTS’s distinctive shield-shaped front grille has been redesigned with new premium finishes that highlight the intricacies of a new frame and mesh combination. The Wreath & Crest logo also has sharper colors and raised ridges between the colors, giving it a three-dimensional, jewel-like quality. The result provides the CTS with a more refined appearance.

Photos: Cadillac

(2011-08-23)


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