Considering Canadians work hard and play hard, the Escala sounds like something right up our alley.

- Toronto, ON

The beautiful Cadillac Escala liftback concept is hitting Canadian soil for the first time at the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this week, but you'll have to be quick, because like the McRib and summer in Canada, it's only here for a short time.

The Escala, which hints at Cadillac's future design language, will only be in town for the CIAS media day on February 16, as well as the for the first two public days on February 17 and 18. After that, we can't be sure if it'll ever find its way back to the Great White North.

Cadillac Escala concept at Toronto auto show
Cadillac Escala concept at Toronto auto show
Cadillac Escala concept at Toronto auto show
Cadillac Escala concept at Toronto auto show
Cadillac Escala concept at Toronto auto show

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The front of the Escala is highlighted by a new face, which Cadillac says will begin to show up on the company's production models soon. The trademark vertical lighting used on the brand for close to a century is still there, while OLED lighting appears thinner and set deeper in the fascia, which Cadillac says creates a "sinister look, day and night."

The interior has been given a "dual personality," where the front seat occupants are treated to all sorts of high-tech goodies, while the rear seats are focused on providing passengers with plenty of "R & R" (rest and relaxation). Considering Canadians work hard and play hard, the Escala sounds like something right up our alley.

"My brief to the designers was to create a car you desperately want to drive, and also one in which you want to be driven," says Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design. "So rather than a single design, this interior consists of two themes. It was an opportunity for our designers to break the rules a little bit, exactly what Cadillac should do from time to time."

Under the hood is a potent-sounding 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Combined with rear-wheel drive, the Escala sounds like it would be a hoot to take out in the snow.

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Cadillac's range-topping CT6 has only been out for a year, but were the Escala a production vehicle, it would sit atop the CT6. This is a large sedan, stretching out to an overall length of 5,347 millimetres, which is 152 mm longer than the CT6. A quick look at the cargo area only proves this - it looks more like a trunk you'd find in an SUV than in a sedan. It's massive.

You can take a look for yourself in person if you're in town for the auto show, but as mentioned earlier, you'll have to be quick on the draw.

 

Live photos: Kanishka Sonnadara / Motor1 Canada

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