Los Angeles Auto Show: Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

This Caddy’s no gas-guzzler: it’s an exploration of how to offer all the usual Cadillac comforts in an economical, compact package. The Urban Luxury Concept is a spacious four-seater despite its 3.8-metre length, with scissor-opening doors,  full leather upholstery, wood, aluminium and ceramic trim, touchscreen and voice controls, projected displays and the latest digital communications systems. Of most interest, however, is its mild-hybrid powertrain: a turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine with stop-start, electrical assistance, brake energy regeneration and dry dual-clutch transmission. It’ll do 56mpg (US) in the city and 65mpg (US) on the highway, around 78mpg in European terms. Purely a concept at this stage, but you never know; this could be one Cadillac we Europeans want.

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