“The CTS Coupe Concept is pure design,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of global design. “We did not create it because market research demanded it, nor is its shape trimmed to suit the input collected at a consumer clinic – it is emotion on four wheels and the very essence of what defines Cadillac today.”
“This Coupe Concept is a natural extension of our design language, and of the CTS itself,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “Very simply, the dramatic design of the sedan begged the question of what it would look like in the unbridled form of a Coupe.”
Among the CT Coupe Concept’s signature design cues are a number of elements that suggest the look of a carefully cut diamond – particularly at the rear. These elements are seen in everything from the chrome header above the rear license plate holder to the indents that comprise the basic form of the rear fascia.
“The diamond-cut elements enhance the sleek profile of the car,” said Manoogian. “The CT Coupe Concept uses the elements, along with other nods to classic Cadillac cues – such as vertical headlamps and taillamps – to acknowledge the brand’s heritage without resorting to nostalgia. It is a forward-looking design in every sense of the term.”
# Classic hardtop styling, with no “B” pillar
# CTS production windshield laid at a faster angle to create a sleeker profile
# Chrome, split seven-spoke wheel design; 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels
# Sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents
# Slim-profile outside mirrors
# XLR-type hidden door handles with proximity remote opening
# Unique front fender vents
# Diamond-cut rear fascia with mesh lower grilles and center-outlet exhaust
# Taillamps with a subtle fin profile and are highlighted with LED lighting technology with light pipes
# Rear spoiler integrated into the center high-mounted stop lamp
# Sculpted roof-mounted antenna for OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, etc.