At first glance, the photo above may look like nothing more than a promotional shot for Cadillac’s three current crossovers, but if you’re familiar with Cadillac‘s changing design language, you may realize there’s a lot more going on in the image.
These three crossovers, despite all being current Cadillac vehicles, each feature a different generation of Cadillac design, as our sister site Cadillac Society points out.
The oldest of these three products, the Cadillac XT5, has the earliest take on Cadillac design, with its original design harking back to the Art & Science era. Cadillac updated the XT5 for the 2020 model year, but it does not have the horizontal lighting elements as either the Cadillac XT4 or the Cadillac XT6, setting it apart from those two. Notice how accentuated the side character lines are compared to the XT4, as well.
Landing in the middle of the XT5 and XT6 in terms of Cadillac design evolution is the XT4. With more horizontal lighting elements and a more modern exterior look than the XT5, the XT4’s appearance bridges the gap between that vehicle and the more recent XT6. Note that it does not have the very thin, horizontal lighting elements of the XT6.
Setting the XT6’s design apart from the XT4 and XT5 are its very thin, horizontal headlamps, long vertical LED light signatures and upright, horizontal character lines. This is the design direction that Cadillac crossovers and all of Cadillac are headed in the future and was inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept.
Notably, this design language is also employed by the 2019 Cadillac CT6 and the 2020 Cadillac CT5 and CT4. Furthermore, the next-generation Cadillac Escalade will also utilize this same design approach.
Going forward, Cadillac design will take cues from the Cadillac EV crossover concept whose image was shown during a presentation at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Cadillac is busy behind-the-scenes right now, with an aggressive product onslaught that includes the CT4 and CT5, as well as the next-gen Escalade. Cadillac electric cars are expected to launch circa 2022.
Source: Cadillac Society