General Motors arrived at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with some very important announcements and launches. While the unveiling of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV is what grabbed headlines, the automobile conglomerate also showcased a concept car that gives a glimpse into what the company believes will be the future of mobility. Meet the Cadillac InnerSpace concept, a spaceship-looking EV that joins the brand’s PersonalSpace and SocialSpace concepts that were revealed at last year’s CES. From the outside, the InnerSpace concept looks like a sporty GT car with a muscular design highlighted by a dramatically low roof and massive wheels. The front looks like a futuristic rendition of Cadillac’s signature styling, including the illuminated logo on the nose. The entire glasshouse is neatly integrated into the bodywork to the extent the borders appear to be non-existent.
However, it’s what is inside the cabin that really matters. The entry into the cabin is just as dramatic as the car’s styling – the two large doors pop open while the windshield rises up like a canopy to reveal an unorthodox interior that doesn’t have any kind of traditional manual controls, including a steering wheel and other controls like an accelerator or a brake pedal. The car will be fully autonomous, leaving the occupants to enjoy the luxurious and soothing environment of the cabin. Instead of individual seats, the cabin has a cushy sofa-like seat with a large panoramic LED display that’ll offer augmented reality to the passengers.
Another highlight of the Cadillac InnerSpace is its unique battery design. Instead of a single, large battery pack placed inside the floor, the concept’s battery cells are distributed everywhere across the car, which frees up a lot of space on the inside. “Electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the role of vehicles and the experiences customers have with them,” said Bryan Nesbitt, GM executive director, Global Advanced Design and Global Architecture Studio. “We’re exploring where that will go with these innovative concepts, envisioning mobility as an ally of wellness, giving customers the ultimate luxury, more personal time rather than taking it.” The InnderSpace concept is just a design study and we don’t expect it to enter production. But technology and features showcased here might make their way into production cars in the future.