Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Hints at Flagship to Come
"Elmiraj is about poise and proportion," said Niki Smart, lead exterior designer. "We wanted a mature statement for Cadillac, where simplicity and subtle adornments create a purposeful presence."
Although the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept is a 4-seat coupe, it is a big car, stretching 205 inches in length and 76 inches in width, and rides on 22-inch aluminum wheels. However, the car's height measures just 55 inches, and the cabin is placed far back on the chassis to create a long dash-to-axle ratio, a hallmark of performance-oriented vehicles.
"We were influenced in particular by the 1967 Eldorado, both its actual design and the fact that in its time that car was a very stark contrast and a new direction," said Clay Dean, executive director of advanced design, citing how the original Eldorado was a major statement of performance and luxury that drove Cadillac forward.
The Elmiraj concept displays Cadillac signature vertical lighting elements front and rear, is equipped with functional hood vents, and wears a "Vsport" badge. Also, note the new Cadillac crest in the car's grille, one without the traditional wreath, appearing to confirm a rumor that the wreath will be removed when the crest is next redesigned.
While the original Eldorado might have influenced the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept's design, the concept car's engineering takes a distinctly different approach. The Elmiraj is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle built on the lightweight chassis and structural elements "of an ongoing vehicle development project slated for future production," the automaker said. Under it's long hood, the Elmiraj contains a new twin-turbocharged, 4.5-liter V-8 engine estimated to produce 500 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque, plenty of power to motivate the car's estimated 4,000-pound curb weight. Peer through the spokes of the 22-inch wheels and note the ceramic brakes with monoblock calipers.
Inside, the Elmiraj features Brazilian Rosewood and backlit Titanium trim, and seats four people in performance-bolstered bucket seats wrapped with Camel leather. The rear seats have a valet feature, powering forward to make entry and exit easier. They also recline for greater comfort. The driver faces transparent analog gauges fronting a widescreen information display, and a 10-inch infotainment touch screen in the center of the control panel can be concealed when it is not in use.
While the Elmiraj Concept may prove to be a mirage from a styling and packaging standpoint, Cadillac confirms that the vehicle's underlying engineering is currently in development and, in previous statements, GM has said that it is developing a new flagship model. Are there dots to be connected here? Time will tell.