Cadillac Shows Off Hybrid City Car Idea

The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is off and running, and so are we with lots of new green cars and green car concepts to report on. First out the gate is a little number from Cadillac which looks to be a stunner in the Blade Runner looks department. It is a concept creation called the Urban Luxury Concept and it’s powered by a hybrid system.

The Urban Luxury Concept from Cadillac has at the heart of its concept hybrid drive a turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder engine employing electric assist technology, engine start-stop function, brake energy regeneration and a dry dual-clutch transmission. Cadillac said that “based on extensive prototype and production experience,” it believes this concept could get a nice fuel economy of 56 mpg in the city and 65 mpg on the highway. This is especially nice when you consider the he size and configuration of this car.

Said to be comparable in size to popular city cars found in Paris, Shanghai and London, this Cadillac concept seats four via a pair of scissor-type doors that extend outward and rotate forward when opened. Touch-pad screens and projected readouts take the place of most traditional gauges and serve as the audio and climate system controls, which Cadillac says is a design feature that helps open up the interior for greater passenger space.

All images in this gallery via Cadillac

A minimalist approach to the vehicle’s design, said Cadillac, blends a large windshield and twin skylights with a divided interface that creates more space at the forward section of the interior. Via a special on-board network, passenger can request destination directions or audio playlists be integrated in the driver controls.

As this is a concept, it will sadly probably never see actual production. It is a nice car to dream about though and one from which Cadillac can learn from for future green cars that blend eco-functionality and high end luxury.

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