When the Cadillac Ciel concept debuted in 2011 at the Concours d’Elegance classic car show, it represented the intention for a big, range-topping car that would truly compete with the top-spec offerings from its chief rivals, the European contingency. The Ciel not only indicated that General Motors had more ambitious plans for the Cadillac brand, but hinted at the future styling cues for the company’s luxury marque as well.
The Cadillac Ciel is a hybrid electric concept car created by Cadillac and unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Cadillac Ciel has a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter direct injection V6 producing 425 horsepower and a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. The Ciel is a four-seat convertible with a wheelbase of 125 inches. The concept car was developed at GM Design’s North Hollywood Design Center.
The Ciel comes with suicide doors, and the interior features a smooth wooden dashboard with a simple gauge look. The word “Ciel” is French for “sky”- which is what the designers had in mind when they made the vehicle.
In 2012 and early 2013, Cadillac contemplated developing a production car based on the Ciel. However, in July 2013, they decided not to pursue the venture…