9 Car Design Trends That are Dominating Luxury Right Now—and Popular Models That are On-Trend

Ambient Lighting
The ambient lighting can be changed to any color combination. Connie PetersCredit: Connie Peters

Luxury cars always lead car design trends in aesthetics and technology. But luxury designers don’t work in a vacuum; they collaborate with parts suppliers, consultants, design schools and others to develop their ideas and fabricate the parts and materials. Often, non-luxury brands may get wind of these ideas and employ them in their newest models, too. So, buyers with an eye for design, or who pay attention to trends, can get these cutting-edge details in non-luxury cars.

And it’s a smart move. Making sure that your car features leading design gives it a timeless look and will feel fresh and modern beyond its age. Here are the design trends we’re seeing right now, the luxury cars that sport them and the popular brands that are early to the trend.

Wide, Flat Panel Screens, as in the Genesis GV80

The Impressive 27-Inch Widescreen Oled Display Of The 2025 Gv80 Makes It A Best Family Luxury Car
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Non-Luxury Car Design Option: Hyundai Santa Fe

The View Of The Front Seat In The Hyundai Santa Fe
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Lighted Front Grilles Enhance Car Design

The Front End Of The 2024 Bmw I5 With A Light Surrounding The Grille
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Popular Choice: Chevrolet Blazer EV

The Front Of The Chevrolet Blazer Ev Rs
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Rear Tailgate Light Bars, as Seen in the Lucid Gravity

Lucid Gravity
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Popular Alternative: Dodge Hornet

2024 Dodge Hornet Rear Tail Light Car Design Trend
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Luxury Seating for All Passengers, as Seen in the Mercedes-Benz S 580

S 580 Rear Seats
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Popular Choice: GMC Acadia Denali

The Panoramic Sunroof In The 2024 Gmc Acadia
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Squircle Steering Wheel, as Seen in the Lincoln Nautilus

The 'Coast To Coast' Screen
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Popular Brand Choice: Subaru Solterra

Subaru Solterra Squircle Steering Wheel
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Block-Style Headlights, as Seen in the 2025 Infiniti QX80

2025 Infiniti Qx80 Front End Headlights And Grille
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Value Option: Kia Sorento

The Front End Of The Kia Sorento X-Pro Looks Even More Telluride Like
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Ambient Lighting, As Seen in the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

Mercedes-Benz Gls 450 Ambient Lighting
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Popular Car Choice: Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Plenty Of Ambient Lighting Makes Things Easy To See At Night Inside The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4Xe. Photo: Allison Bell
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A Voice Assistant At Your Service, as in the Lexus TX

The View Of The Drivers Seat In The Lexus Tx
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Popular Choice: Ford

Sync 4 Includes Voice Assistance!

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