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Cadillac Teases New Concept At 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Teaser for new Cadillac concept revealed at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Teaser for new Cadillac concept revealed at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Cadillac previewed a new concept in the lead up to this weekend’s 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a concept the automaker promises will be unveiled in full at a major North American auto Show early next year. No other details were released, though comments made by Clay Dean, Cadillac’s director of advanced design, may provide some clues.

Speaking with AutoWeek, Dean said the concept would visit past Cadillac models and that it could preview the brand’s latest design language, which falls under the informal slogan of “American glamour meets American technology.”

It’s hard to gather many details from the teasers, though a windswept look, powerful haunches and a long, imposing bonnet are all present in the main shot. A second teaser reveals what’s likely to be a clamshell-style trunk lid and the top of a tail lamp tapering back into a rear fender.  

Cadillac has three new models planned for launch in 2013--the 2014 CTS that we’ve been spying for the past several months, a production version of the ELR extended-range electric concept, and the next-generation Escalade SUV--and it’s possible the teaser may hint at one of them. However, the vehicle in the teaser is certainly not an SUV, so that rules out the Escalade. And it doesn’t look much like the 2014 CTS nor the ELR, the latter of which has already been previewed as a concept.

But there’s one other model the American luxury brand is working on, though its release is still several years out. That new model is a large flagship sedan based on a new rear-wheel drive platform said to be under development at GM. The new flagship sedan is aimed at the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S Class, and we can certainly imagine many of the design elements in these teasers present on such a car.

Stay tuned for an update.

Teaser for new Cadillac concept revealed at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Teaser for new Cadillac concept revealed at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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