Cadillac InnerSpace Concept Is Luxury Lined Autonomus Glimpse Of The Future
General Motors covered alot of ground when it held its virtual press conference today. While the spread of Omicron forced GM to move it from Las Vegas to the Fox Theater in Detroit, that didn't stop the company from revealing alot of new information. That included a look at the Cadillac InnerSpace concept which aims to redefine self-driving in the future.
Sleek Cadillac Looks Blend With Futuristic Technology
The InnerSpace is th latest in a series of "space" concepts that Cadillac has revealed over the years with the PersonalSpace and the SocialSpace preceding it. But whereas those two looked like they belonged in a science-fiction movie, InnerSpace is perhaps the most car-like concept in the series yet. The concept's exterior styling is slung low yet it also flaunts its length with the roof flowing down to the rear which has a boat tail style look to it. The front uses cues that we have seen in other Cadillac models but in a grille-less package that has an elegant air to it.
InnerSpace Interior Steals The Show
However, it's the interior of the InnerSpace that helps make the concept truly stand out from others in its unique class. The cabin has room for two but the car is fully autonomous which allows occupants to interact with each other and the surrounding environment while in a cocoon of sophisticated luxury.
A large slice of this luxury is a massive panoramic screen that allows occupants to entertain themselves while also interacting with various functions of the car. Cadillac also claims that it has several "Wellness Recover Themes" though it did;t detail exactly what those themes were. We assume that they follow some of the similar functions that we have seen in select BMW and Mercedes models with the lightning, air conditioning, and other features working together to deliver the goods in each mode.
The configuration of the Ultium battery packs also plays a role here with the packs spread out all along the platform versus being part of a larger pack. That allows the floor to be flat and it even allowed engineers to position it just above the road which is supposed to create a more relaxing environment.
"Electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the role of vehicles and the experience consumers have with them" revealed Brian Nesbitt GM executive director of the Global Advanced Design and Global Architecture studio. "We're exploring where that will go with these innovative concepts, envisioning mobility as an ally of wellness, giving customers the ultimate luxury, more personal time rather than taking it."
While the odds of this concept making it to production are about as high as winning the Powerball jackpot, look for some of its technology to potentially trickle down to other Cadillac models especially as GM looks to try and enhance Cadillac's role in the company's broader plans of being a mobility and green-focused company. In the meantime look for the Cadillac Lyriq to spearhead Cadillac's transition to an EV focused brand when it rolls out to consumers.
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