• Cadillac introduces the Ciel concept, an open-air grand-touring car Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Carmel, California. The Ciel - pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky - is a four-seat convertible powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. (Cadillac News Photo) (08/18/2011)
  • Cadillac introduces the Ciel concept, an open-air grand-touring car Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Carmel, California. The Ciel - pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky - is a four-seat convertible powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. (Cadillac News Photo) (08/18/2011)
  • Cadillac introduces the Ciel concept, an open-air grand-touring car Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Carmel, California. The Ciel - pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky - is a four-seat convertible powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. (Cadillac News Photo) (08/18/2011)
  • Cadillac introduces the Ciel concept, an open-air grand-touring car Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Carmel, California. The Ciel - pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky - is a four-seat convertible powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. (Cadillac News Photo) (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept, an open-air grand-touring car, at its unveiling Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Carmel, California. The Ciel - pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky - is a four-seat convertible powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. (Cadillac News Photo) (08/18/2011)
  • A model demonstrates the rear seat restraints in the Cadillac Ciel concept, an open-air grand-touring car, at its unveiling Thursday, August 18, 2011 in Carmel, California. The Ciel - pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky - is a four-seat convertible powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology. (Cadillac News Photo) (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
  • The Cadillac Ciel concept is an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast as an exploration into range-topping luxury. (08/18/2011)
So much for that party. Cadillac has announced that it is walking away from plans to build a high-dollar, rear-wheel-drive ultraluxury sedan. The low-volume model would have been based on the lusty Ciel Concept, and the production iteration would have carried a price tag well over $100,000. Executives with the automaker reportedly claim the model wouldn't have bolstered the brand enough to be worth the investment.

Even so, Automotive News reports Cadillac is still on track to build a range-topping four-door to go head-to-head with the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. That model will likely be constructed on the company's upcoming Omega rear-wheel-drive platform, but we won't see it bow until at least 2016. Right now, the front-wheel-drive XTS sits at the top of the Cadillac lineup, and while that machine and its twin-turbocharged V6 variant makes a compelling argument against certain luxury entries, it falls short serving as a legitimate competitor for the likes of the 7 Series and S-Class for enthusiast drivers.

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