The Cadillac Automobile Company is one step closer to launching a hybrid vehicle on the auto market. Dubbed Cadillac Ciel, the concept was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, California, on August 18, 2011.
Cadillac cars are know to have massive engines, like the V16 (Cadillac Sixteen concept from 2003). Even this giant company has to face up to the fact the world is changing these days, so the new Ciel is equipped with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and a twin-turbocharged 3.6 litre direct injection V6, delivering 425 hp.
Ciel means ‘sky’ in French. “The Ciel is about the romance of the drive. It emulates the great touring cars seen on the greens at Pebble Beach, but with a modern flair that projects Cadillac’s vision for the future,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac.
Cadillac Ciel is more like a journey car, with generous room for two couples. The company hasn’t declared anything about the date when the production will start, but whatever that is, it will certainly influence other luxury car makers’ market.