Sorry Cadillac aficionados, General Motors has had a change of heart over the pimped-out $100,000 Cadillac they planned to produce. The company has decided not to move forward with the ultraluxury sedan that was rumored to draw on elements of the Ciel open-air concept car that debuted at the Concours d’Elegance classic-car show in Pebble Beach, California in 2011.
The decision was reportedly made when General Motors decided the cost of development just wasn’t going to pay off for what they’d hoped would be a flagship vehicle in the Cadillac line. Although its cost always meant it would be a low-volume vehicle, its fate was sealed when they determined that it wouldn’t be the brand-building vehicle they needed for Cadillac.
This vehicle would have sat at the very top of the Cadillac line, above even the Omega that is currently still in development. Yes, you will be able to get your hands on that one in a few more years if things go as planned.
The large, real-wheel drive Omega is set to compete with the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class starting in either the 2016 or 2017 model year. It’s possible that you’ll even see elements of the Ciel in the Omega.
Similarities between the Omega and the pricey $100,000-plus flagship may also have contributed to the cancellation. Although conceived of as two very different vehicles with a great distance between them, the similarities between the two were rumored to run a bit closer than planned.
Although the current flagship has been cancelled, that doesn’t mean we won’t see another one at some point in the future. Cadillac execs are reportedly still seeking an ultra-high-end vehicle to help bring the brand to a new audience. What it is, when we’ll see it and just how much that one will set you back is anyone’s guess.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.