2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept 002Is this a Ciel Redux? The concept has been a long time coming:
a large, luxurious super-coupe halo Cadillac.

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Reveal 02String those words together, and most enthusiasts automatically and instantly queue up imagery of the Cadillac Evoq, Cien, and Sixteen.

Cadillac Cien Concept

When these concepts debuted in Detroit, heads exploded with visions of cruising an American highway at extreme speed in extreme luxury.

Cadillac Evoq Concept

The Evoq hit the market as the XLR–interior design aside, it was visually quite close to the concept, but not an outstanding example of a successful translation from concept to production. What it seemed to lack was the presence of the concept… and it did still pale in comparison to its direct competitor. So, not a home run as far as product introduction goes, but what one can certainly say in its favor is that is actually became a production car. The Cien had a semi-cameo as Ewan McGregor‘s vehicle of choice in “The Island“, but that was the last we saw of it. And what happened to the Sixteen?

Cadillac Sixteen Concept

And what will come of the Ciel?

Those points aside, the Art&Science form language may be the primary reason Cadillac still exists as a brand and is enjoying such success at the moment. It’s satisfying to see this evolution of the form language so successfully incorporating organic, flowing surfaces.

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Sketch Front 3/4 Tip up

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Sketch Rear End

If you’d like to see more, check out the gallery below. Obviously, I mostly enjoy the development sketches, but the photos clearly show an appropriate level of attention to detail in the exterior design, superb execution of interior, and perhaps evidence of the existence of an overriding mandate of reservedness in the treatment of surfaces and details.

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

Even the crest benefits.

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Reveal

This self-restraint seems to pervade the entirety of the exterior, while allowing a bit more creative freedom inside.

2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Interior2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Interior Sketch2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Interior Rear2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Interior SketchOverall, this feels like a winner; let’s hope the presence translates to a product we can buy.

Cadillac Elmiraj Specifications

Model Elmiraj Concept
Body Style 4-passenger, 2-door grand coupe
Height 55 in / 1397 mm
Width 76 in / 1930 mm
Length 205 in / 5207 mm
Curb Weight Approx. 4000 lb / 1814 kg
Engine 4.5-liter Twin Turbo V8
Power 500 hp / 373 kW
Torque 500 lb-ft / 678 Nm


About Cadillac
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com.

Published by mikelyden

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