Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Unveiled During Pebble Beach Weekend | Edmunds

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Unveiled During Pebble Beach Weekend

Just the Facts:
  • The Elmiraj is a full-size coupe concept that draws influence from past Cadillac coupes like the 1967 Eldorado.
  • It's powered by a 4.5-liter, twin-turbo V8.
  • At 205 inches long, it's over 16 inches longer than the CTS Coupe.

CARMEL, California — Cadillac used the Pebble Beach weekend to take the wraps off the Elmiraj Concept, a full-size, four-passenger coupe designed to showcase what Cadillac sees as another potential segment for the brand.

Senior Vice President, Global Cadillac, Bob Ferguson, told Edmunds, "This car makes a bold statement and that's what we were looking for."

When asked about the production possibility of a coupe like Elmiraj, Ferguson said, "We are pushing toward the upper end of the luxury segment and this coupe would certainly fit."

The Elmiraj rides on a chassis that includes, "structural elements of an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production," according to Cadillac. No Cadillac officials would elaborate on the vague statement, but the Elmiraj certainly has more of a production-based feel than the Ciel convertible concept shown at Pebble Beach two years ago.

More evidence of its feasibility comes in the way of its 4.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. Estimated to produce around 500 horsepower, Cadillac says the engine borrows the basic technology of the twin-turbo V6 in the CTS Vsport and "expands it to the classic performance format of a V8 engine."

"When you're talking to customers at this level they're always interested in performance," Ferguson told Edmunds.

Inside, the 2+2 coupe features generous proportions for all passengers. The rear seats feature a valet function that slides both the front and the rear seats forward to ease entry. Those same rear seats can also be reclined for a more spacious feel.

According to Ferguson, they wanted the cabin to feel truly bespoke. "The Rosewood trim is a good example of that," he said.

The rest of cabin is minimalistic in terms of technology. It features analog gauges and a 10-inch touchscreen for navigation. The latter can be hidden away when not in use to keep the dashboard from looking overly cluttered.

Edmunds says: Unlike the Ciel concept from two years ago, the Elmiraj looks like it's a true precursor to an eventual Cadillac flagship model. Hopefully, we find out sooner than later.

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