Taller heights and more frontal area means automakers will not run out of room when bedazzling "Disco Stud" on their jean jackets.
Disco Stu may not advertise, but those headlights certainly do.
I like it, as it was designed for those that want a traditional SUV but it could never be cost-effective and/or practical in the selling countries. It has the proportions/chassis to suggest it shares a platform with a compact MPV/sedan, etc. And the Xpander Cross' design makes it a true CUV in terms of SUV-like design. The Cross kinda makes the design come to full fruition...and proves all countries like fake off roaders, not just the USA.
Neat design, I can totally appreciate it. I doubt it would sell well here, but it would be worth a punt if there's a value prop for all the interior volume over a Nissan Kicks. And if it can be federalized...
Your thoughts on the CT6 are very similar to mine. My only problem with them is the interior, especially the seats. Granted even if Cadillac went full Continental Black Label with the CT6, it wouldn't have saved it. Both were doomed.
With Covid keeping at the computer most days and nights, I find myself looking for Continentals and CT6's along with a bunch of other stuff I dream about. I do not know if you have kept up with the used car market however I noticed in 2020 you could find plenty of both models in all sorts of mid to high-end specs. However now in 2022 I would say the inventory is about half what it was, granted I know we are in a tight market but I wouldn't think used full-sized sedans would be in such high demand. Now what I see are very low spec rental grade models, much how the last of XTS's were.
Thanks for reading, unfortunately it's kinda not worth mentioning because it is a functional air curtain. Have a look at the third image here: https://www.hagerty.com/media/opinion/vellum-venom/vellum-venom-2020-porsche-taycan-turbo-s/
I have always thought the 1949 Oldsmobile headlights were cool... but you could argue they make the car look like it has bags under its eyes.
Some of the modern Chrysler 300 headlight treatments have played with this a bit with that bump-down in them.
The Cadillac ones look alright to me, a bit busy maybe and probably a nightmare if you break one but then most modern light designs don't seem to factor in survivability and replacement of the unit.
The crying tailights on the Toyotas I am in the "those are awful" camp. But Toyota took a design class in "throw all the stuff on to make it cool". Like an over-accessorized 90s truck.
Good point on the '49 Olds, but what really saves it from looking obviously "stressed out" is the fact that the headlights are significantly further ahead of the "signal bags" and naturally come out of the fenders. And the chrome helps me think of it as more of a clock, less of a tired car.