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2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Compared to Cadillac’s stellar 2003 Sixteen concept, the brand’s subsequent efforts were less abstract and closely foreshadowed soon-to-be-released models. That is, until November 2010 when they revealed the Urban Luxury Concept (a.k.a. ULC).


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

It was conceived, designed and unveiled in Los Angeles, as an exercise in packaging a luxury experience, into a “diminutive” size suitable for dense metropolitan areas.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

At the push of a button, its large, scissor-type doors push away from the body and rotate up. While dramatic and potentially problematic in some garages, the pillar-less design offers gaping access to a four-seat cabin.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Its wheelbase is 97.1 inches, only 2.3 shorter than a Chevy Sonic hatchback. From nose to tail, however, it measures 151 inches, roughly 9 inches shorter than the Sonic. Now that’s some short overhang which, naturally, means generous proportions inside.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

The cabin’s blue and gray leather was accented by ambient lighting and, what Cadillac describes as, an “ultra-modern Tanzanite glow” from the touch-screen displays. (Tanzanite is a blueish gemstone.) Thanks to an on-board network, passengers had the ability to request destination information and make audio playlist requests.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

The right-hand touch pad reportedly stayed hidden until deployed (or detached) by the front-seat passenger, who could then interact with the car—in ways not compromising the driver’s control. Keeping the appointments inline with the badge, it was finished with carbon-color wood inlays, brushed aluminum accents and ceramic materials.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

The long windshield had the appearance of never stopping, thanks to twin skylights.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

The Urban Luxury Concept, sorry, ULV, was fitted with a hybrid powertrain. I didn’t find specifications on the electric motor but the internal combustion engine is a 1.0-liter, three -cylinder. Estimated MPG was 56 city and 65 highway.


2010 Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

As of this writing, Cadillac’s website displays four contemporary concepts. Despite being six years old, the Urban Luxury Concept is proudly included in that group and, possibly, more relevant than ever.
 
Do you think Cadillac now has sufficient pedigree to try a model like this?