The 2021 Cadillac XT5 can now be ordered with monochromatic badges, GM Authority has learned. The badges are offered as an LPO-level item for grille and liftgate, which means that they are installed by the dealer rather than at the factory. They can also be purchased as an official Cadillac accessory.
Monochromatic badges are not new in the Cadillac line-up. They have been an option for the 2021 Cadillac XT4 for several months, and are also available for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade either as a $295 stand-alone accessory or as part of the $2,295 Onyx Package. The package also includes 22-inch 12-spoke Gloss Black finish alloy wheels, a Gloss Black Cadillac nameplate and a puddle lamp with the Cadillac crest, and is an option only in the Sport trim level.
These new monochromatic badges for the XT5 join similar badges found on the front fenders of current Cadillac vehicles. Additionally, the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover, due to go on sale in the first quarter of 2022, will feature a simple black and white light-up crest.
Some may regret this gradual trend away from the traditional Cadillac logo, which features red, blue and yellow elements – mostly rectangular for luxury models but slanted in the case of the more sporty V-Series vehicles, including the upcoming ultra-high-performance Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.
However, this is part of an industry-wide trend that’s particular popular among younger buyers, who prefer monochromatic elements over those with bright multi-color elements.
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