Back in August of 2019, we featured a photograph that highlighted Cadillac’s evolving design language. In that photo, three Cadillac crossovers are shown, including the Cadillac XT4, the Cadillac XT5, and the Cadillac XT6. Of the three, the XT5 has the oldest styling, with a design taken from Caddy’s Art & Science era. The other two models are rolling examples of the automaker’s design language advances, but it got us thinking – what would the XT5 look like with modern Cadillac styling cues?
By modern, we mean styling similar to that of the next-gen 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which arrived earlier this year with a completely new look. So then, if we transplanted that over to the Cadillac XT5, what would be the results? Lucky for us, our sister publication, Cadillac Society, answered that question for us with the following rendering.
Some of the most noticeable differences can be found up front, where our rendered Cadillac XT5 rocks a set of horizontal headlamps and signature vertical accent lights. The grille now stretches between the headlamps with a black mesh similar to that of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport, and comes complemented by black trim bits in the profile.
The rear is also updated, with our Cadillac XT5 rendering now sporting a more upright, squared-off hatch section with vertical tail lamps, once again giving a nod to the new Escalade. The hatch also looks cleaner without the usual trim bits above the license plate.
As Cadillac Society points out, the current XT5 is a solid midsize luxury crossover, recognized as Cadillac’s global best-seller for years now. However, there has been some criticism thrown towards it. Some would like a more powerful engine option beyond the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGX V6, which produces 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. Others would like a more balanced rear-drive-based platform under the skin. Still others would like to see the crossover use Cadillac’s modern design language.
This rendering would at least address that last bit, and quite well at that.
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This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.