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With the unveiling of the Ciel convertible concept, the brand is thinking big again. The sky’s the limit with the new Cadillac Ciel concept car.

It looks like it was beamed down from outer space. Boasting a striking exterior with LED headlights and an exaggerated take on the modern Caddy grille, it’s a bold and futuristic looking convertible.

Described as an “open-air grand touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast”, with a “dramatic interior” and “aromatherapy that is controlled from the rear armrest”, the Ciel’s heated and cooled seats offer a drawer which can carry your sun glasses, towels and sun cream, and being a new concept, LEDs and large 22 inch alloy wheels couldn’t be left aside by the manufacturer.

The Ciel is powered by a 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged version of GM’s 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct injection that’s augmented by a hybrid system using lithium-ion batteries. But the powertrain isn’t important here — it’s the design. Cadillac has pulled many elements from its heritage and has reinterpreted those cues to come up with a look that’s compelling and distinctive.

The wheelbase is about a foot longer than a CTS sedan, so there’s plenty of room inside for four people to soak in the sun. Inside, the Ciel is trimmed with lots of Italian olive wood and packs some neat features, such as the pull out blankets and lighted armrests.

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2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept

2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept

2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept

2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept

2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept