Poll: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 or Cadillac Escala?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Monterey Car Week is all wrapped up with a pretty little bow. There were plenty of interesting reveals at this hallowed event, including two luxury concepts.

Yes, both Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac chose this venue to unveil two important design studies, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 and Escala, respectively. The former is an all-electric coupe, the latter a liftback flagship model.

Starting with the Benz, it’s an all-electric behemoth measuring 18.5 feet long and seven feet wide. Access to its sumptuous cabin, which seats up to four people, is provided by two gullwing doors.

Underneath its slick, unadorned bodywork is an 80 kWh battery pack and four electric motors, one at each wheel. This powertrain supposedly provides a 200-ish mile driving range along with a zero-to-62-mile-an-hour acceleration time of less than four seconds. Top speed is an advertised 155 miles an hour.

With a boat tail rear, split back glass and unadorned bodywork the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 looks like something from the art-deco era, not the 21st century. Keeping things modern, it’s also equipped with massive 24-inch wheels and an augmented-reality windshield.

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As for the Cadillac Escala, this concept is a bit more down-to-earth, looking like something that could actually make it into production. In fact, this car hints at what an even more upscale companion to the CT6 could look like.

Size-wise, this model is roughly six inches longer than the CT6. Beyond that, it also features a host of unique exterior styling details, including a fresh grille, special headlamps and, of course, a liftback rear.

Underhood, the Escala features a brand-new 4.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Yes, you read that right, this car features a luxury-appropriate engine with two banks of four cylinders, which should deliver torrents of silky smooth power. With GM’s Active Fuel Management it should be able to operate on just four cylinders, improving efficiency.

So, which of these sexy design studies to YOU prefer, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 or Cadillac’s Escala? Pick a favorite and please vote in our latest poll!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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