Given the country's traditional position on little luxury when it comes to cars, we can't disagree with Cadillac's characterization of the Urban Luxury Concept as a "concept vehicle that looks far into the future." Unveiled on the eve of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto show, at an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of GM's California design outpost, the Urban Luxury Concept is a pint-size hybrid four-seater that combines familiar Cadillac design cues with the profile and proportions of the city cars that permeate the world's largest urban centers (the ones outside the U.S., anyway).
Designed at the North Hollywood Advanced Design Center, the boxy ULC is defined by vertical lamps front and rear, a disproportionately large version of Cadillac's latest grille and two huge scissor-type doors that open upward. Inside, the ULC offers a firmer, more streamlined take on Cadillac luxury, as well as a bevy of concept-car tech that includes touch-pad screens and projected readouts.
As for what we might find under the hood, GM says it designed for the Urban Luxury Concept a conceptual hybrid powertrain that incorporates a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Were it to become a reality, the automaker estimates the condensed Caddy might deliver 56 city/65 highway miles per gallon. It's sure to be awhile before Cadillac works its way this far down on the size spectrum, but we're on board with the direction.