The last time Cadillac
gave us a small, or smallish, car, it was a disaster--the Cimarron, sold during the 1980s. It was a weak attempt by General Motors
to put a Caddy
in the market that got better fuel economy than its big sedans. But the underlying engineering platform was shared with the Chevy
Cavalier, and it felt like it.
, a day before it starts selling stock in the new post-bankruptcy
company, is showing a small, "urban" Cadillac
concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show
that could lead to a car Cadillac can sell to U.S., European and Asian buyers who are looking at similar cars from Mercedes-Benz
, Audi, Peugeot, Renault
and soon, BMW
Called The Urban Luxury Concept, the car has a wheelbase of just 97 inches with an overall length of 151 inches. The width is 68.1 inches and the height is just under 57 inches.
There is a lot of fanciful interior touches to show how interior space can be maximized through innovation with the instruments. Projectors and a slew of capacitive touch screens that glow tanzanite blueish-purple take the place of knobs. There's also a hide-away right-hand touch pad. See the details in the gallery.