At an evening event at its N Hollywood Advanced Design Center on the eve of the LA Auto Show press days, GM introduced the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept, a design study exploring a new type of vehicle that offers a luxury experience in a diminutive size.
|The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept. Click to enlarge.|
Engineers have developed a concept hybrid propulsion system for the Urban Luxury Concept that includes a turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder engine employing electric assist technology, engine start-stop function, brake energy regeneration and a dry dual-clutch transmission.
Based on extensive prototype and production experience, a combination of these technologies could offer projected fuel economy of 56 mpg in the city and 65 mpg on the highway, in a vehicle of the size and configuration of the Urban Luxury Concept, GM said.
Comparable in size to popular city cars found in Europe and Asia, the Urban Luxury Concept seats four, with easy access to all seats available via a pair of scissor-type doors that extend outward and rotate forward when opened. The design fosters a roomy passenger area. Touch-pad screens and projected readouts take the place of most traditional gauges and serve as the audio and climate system controls—a design feature that helps open up the interior for greater passenger space.
The conventional “center stack” of controls is replaced by a divided interface that creates more space at the forward section of the interior. A pair of projected readouts flanks a large, prominent analog speedometer reminiscent of a high-end time piece, assisted by a high-definition head-up display. Capacitive multi-touch switches throughout the interior provide seamless and intuitive electronic control.