These days, the sedan body style is something of an oddity in North America, with the majority of the auto market dominated by SUVs and crossovers. Nevertheless, GM still offers three four-door sedan models in the U.S., including the Chevy Malibu, the Cadillac CT4, and the Cadillac CT5. Interestingly, the Cadillac CT5 and Chinese-exclusive second-gen Cadillac CT6 both break from the traditional three-box sedan design, offering more of a fastback profile. Which leads us to ask – is that a mistake?
Viewed in profile, the Cadillac CT5 and second-generation Cadillac CT6 present a gradually sloping roofline that falls into the trunk at a greater angle than that of a traditional three-box sedan. By comparison, a three-box sedan has three well-defined sections in the profile, including the hood and front fenders (box one), the cabin, roof, and doors (box two), and finally, the trunk (box three).
The fastback profile on the Cadillac CT5 and second-gen Cadillac CT6 include a more horizontal rear window slope that terminates in a short deck and trunk lid. The design is considered to be sportier and more stylish than a three-box layout, and is without a doubt the current design trend among those few remaining sedans still on the market, offering a more coupe-like appearance.
However, even if the fastback profile is the sedan design trend “du jour,” that certainly doesn’t mean Cadillac has to follow suit. By all accounts, Caddy could opt for a more traditional three-box layout, or possibly even follow a completely different path.
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