Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Just the Facts:

* Cadillac unveiled its Urban Luxury Concept last night prior to the L.A. auto show.
* Measuring just 151 inches long overall, the ULC is 10 inches shorter than a Honda Fit, yet it seats four.
* The ULC is powered by a mild hybrid system that bundles a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with GM’s “electric assist” technology.

LOS ANGELES — One of the more unusual concepts created for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is Cadillac’s Urban Luxury Concept, so called because of its positioning as “a new type of vehicle that offers a luxury experience in a diminutive size,” according to the brand.

How diminutive? Measuring just 151 inches long overall, the ULC is 10 inches shorter than a Honda Fit, yet it seats four.

Designed at GM’s North Hollywood Advanced Design Center under the direction of Frank Saucedo, the ULC looks exactly like what it purports to be: a baby Cadillac with a smaller-than-usual footprint, plus lots of room inside and a frugal hybrid powertrain under the hood.

Built on a 97-inch wheelbase, the ULC is powered by a mild hybrid system that bundles a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with GM’s “electric assist” technology, as well as a stop-start system, a dry dual-clutch transmission and regenerative brakes. Cadillac projects fuel economy at 56 miles per gallon in city driving and 65 mpg on the highway.

Among the concept’s more unusual design features are twin skylights in the roof and a pair of scissors-style doors that extend outward at the touch of a button and then rotate forward. The car rides on 19-inch wheels and tires.

The high-tech cabin has ambient lighting and is trimmed in blue and gray leather with contrasting fabric, as well as carbon-color wood inlays, brushed aluminum accents and ceramic materials. Next-generation interactive technology is enabled via touchpad screens, capacitive multitouch switches and projected readouts, including a high-definition head-up display.

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