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Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept interior
Make Cadillac
Model Urban Luxury Concept
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine Hybrid, 1.0 litre turbocharged 3-cylinder / Electric motor

Cadillac isn't really in the business of making compact, efficient vehicles for the urban commuter. But as the world's automotive manufacturers all start to develop more environmentally friendly vehicles, even those who specialize in heavy, luxury barges have to start offering more economical alternatives. The Urban Luxury Concept is the first step toward a compact vehicle for Cadillac.

The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept has all the hallmarks of current Cadillacs. Namely crisp style lines, angular lights both front and rear, a prominent chrome plated grille with the Cadillac badge front and center, and a luxurious interior equipped with a range of high-tech gadgetry.

Clay Dean, Director of GM North American Advanced Design said of the concept: "The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept celebrates its scale with intelligent, innovative content that makes it unique regardless of its size. It has a small exterior footprint, but is roomy inside."

The Cadillac Urban Luxury concept is comparable in size to popular commuter cars found in the cities of Europe and the Far East. It seats four, with easy access to all seats available via a pair of scissor-type doors that extend outward and rotate forward when opened. The layout of the vehicle creates a roomy passenger area, which is trimmed in top quality materials and features next-generation interactive technology. Touch-pad screens and projected readouts take the place of most traditional gauges and serve as the audio and climate system controls - a design feature that helps open up the interior for greater passenger space.

The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept uses a hybrid drivetrain which features a 1.0 litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine backed up by an electric motor. Cadillac's engineers have calculated that in a vehicle the size and weight of the Urban Luxury Concept this drivetrain could offer 56 mpg in the city, and 65 mpg on the highway.

Frank Saucedo, lead designer of the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept said of his latest creation: "There is no minimum size for a Cadillac driving experience. The Urban Luxury Concept's interior reflects the 'smaller is better' aesthetic that permeates the world of technology. And while this design philosophy reflects what's going on in the world around us, it also has a more practical use when it comes to the Urban Luxury Concept: It creates more interior space."

The conventional "center stack" of controls is replaced by a divided interface that creates more space at the forward section of the interior. A pair of projected readouts flanks a large, prominent analog speedometer reminiscent of a high-end time piece, assisted by a high-definition head-up display.

The technology behind the unique touch pad controls of the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept is ergonomically tucked around the steering wheel to deliver real-time feedback for an efficient commute. The right-hand touch pad is hidden until deployed or detached by the passenger, who can interact online without compromising the driver's control. Via the onboard network, a passenger can request destination directions or audio playlists be integrated in the driver controls. Also woven into the system is OnStar with advanced voice recognition interaction, which allows the driver to do more without taking his or her eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel.

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