When the 2015 Cadillac Escalade’s designers were working on the exterior lights, they looked at architecture for inspiration like skyscrapers, such as the massive examples in Dubai, according to Cadillac. The result is a vertical headlight display that is actually a bold interpretation of older Cadillac design signatures.
“The 2015 Escalade exterior light signature draws inspiration from a variety of sources, beginning with Cadillac’s heritage of vertical exterior lamps and extending into architecture,” said Exterior Lighting Design Manager Martin Davis.
Davis says his team looked at older models like the 1967 Eldorado and Deville models for inspiration.
They also looked at the relationship between glass and metal of skyscrapers. These materials work together to suggest, what Davis calls lighting elements floating in space.
By pulling on both legacy and architecture for inspiration resulted in the taillamps with “neo-tailfins” like those found in the 1960s. The front headlights are vertical in nature with different groupings of LED lights performing specific tasks in the low and high beams.
“Years ago we were limited with verticality,” said Davis. “Now we have the ability to style the look with LEDs and only limited by our imagination.”
Overall, the Cadillac Escalade uses 142 total LEDs that make up the Escalade’s exterior lighting. These lights are accentuated with an edge-lit blade technology which helps give the visual of lights floating in space. Also, the Cadillac Crest is laser etched into the glass-light blade in order to catch light as it passes through the blade.
These lighting features are incredibly eye-catching and shows Cadillac’s attention to detail.