If you can imagine cruising Cadillac’s Ciel concept along California’s coast-hugging Highway 1 from Big Sur north to Monterey, well, that’s exactly what inspired the company to create it. Launched appropriately enough at Pebble Beach, the Ciel is a four-seat convertible that, Cadillac says, “opens a new chapter in (its) design and product ascent”. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3,6-litre Direct Injection V6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. The Ciel is “about the romance of the drive” a spokesman says. Its long, low proportions certainly evoke the spirit of the classic era, as do its handcrafted finishes that echo the look of the legendary Riva speedboats.
The California connection is taken even further by the Cabernet paint colour, developed specifically for the Ciel. Adding a high-tech touch to the elegant design are features such as carbon ceramic brake rotors and LED lighting.
Luxurious seats are bisected by a “floating” centre console that runs from the instrument panel to the rear of the interior. It effectively creates a personal space for each passenger and houses access to hidden, individual connectivity portals – allowing users to make dinner reservations, check the weather at their destination or even upload photos of the trip via social media sites. The car’s instrument panel harks back to a previous generation with its minimalist gauge cluster.
Pull-out blankets are available for all three passengers and retract automatically
All the seats have heating and cooling features, along with a drawer containing sun lotion, sun glasses and towels, as well as aromatherapy that is controlled from the rear armrest.
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