Designer Niki Smart says Cadillac needs a compact city model for markets such as Europe.
British designer Niki Smart wants his concept to go to production.
Smart is the designer of the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept which debuted at the Los Angeles motor show earlier this month. He believes that Cadillac needs a compact city car like the Urban Luxury in its lineup to compete against the likes of MINI.
"The time is ripe for Cadillac to make this car," Smart said in an interview with Autocar. "We need a bigger spread of models, particularly for Europe. The MINI's success is proof of people's open-mindedness."
Smart, who co-designed the Ariel Atom and now works at GM's advanced design studio in Los Angeles, said that he felt free to come up with a fresh design for the Urban Luxury concept since Cadillac had no tradition of building such a small car.
"There is no iconic history of small cars at Cadillac, so I'm happy not to have had to return to a previous design," said Smart.
According to Smart, GM has already figured out a way to engineer the Urban Luxury's gullwing doors for production, hinting that the model just may one day get built.
The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept is powered by a turbocharged 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder engine with a stop/start system and electric assist technology that makes it highly fuel efficient with a mileage of around 56/65 mpg city/highway in the US cycle.