“It’s a taut design that not only suggests sleekness, but delivers it,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “Indeed, the drama of the saloon is amplified in the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, as the centreline cue that is part of the exterior and interior is more prominent and plays a stronger role in defining the design at the rear of the vehicle.
“The more you study the rear of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, the more you see. Functionality was certainly a guiding factor during development, but so was the idea to inject emotion into the normally sedate wagon category,” adds Dean.
One of the more interesting integrations of form and function is found in the seamless roof load management system. Rather than abrupt stanchions, brackets and cross bars that protrude above the roof line, the CTS Sport Wagon’s system blends with the roofline, maintaining an uninterrupted appearance. The central section of the roof panel angles downward inside the roof edges, allowing an unobtrusive placement of the cross bars – and creating a subtle fin effect at the trailing edges of the rear panels.
“They’re not fins in the classic sense, but they work to help disguise the cargo load system and, yes, they acknowledge Cadillac’s design heritage,” concludes Dean.Published 15 August 2008