In order to ensure its place in the premium market alongside the German and Japanese competitors, the Cadillac manufacturer has introduced several new models including the compact XT5 crossover SUV and the range-topping CT6 sedan. However, the carmaker has also presented the smaller SUV, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 which will find its key rivals in Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. This model has been caught during its testing on the roads since the beginning of 2017 and has finally made its premiere at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The newest XT4 will belong to compact SUV class and will stand below the midsize sibling XT5.
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 will represent the brand’s smallest crossover in the lineup and will be a very important vehicle in the compact market. It will ride on the new platform but visually it will borrow some styling cues from the larger XT5 crossover. As well, it will feature some unique modern details which have been applied to the newest CT6 sedan. The interior of the upcoming Cadillac will feel luxurious and modern. Of course, we will notice some familiar elements but it will also receive its own styling details. And the most noticeable thing will be the dashboard. Generally, the cabin will be comfortable and be offered with many modern features for more pleasant and luxurious feel.
Unlike the XT5, the XT4 will use a 4-cylinder unit in all the trim levels which will deliver enough power to make it compete against its main rivals. Furthermore, it will provide good fuel efficiency, perhaps the best in the Cadillac’s lineup. As well, there will be a choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. What will make it even more appealing to the buyers is its very reasonable starting price.
The manufacturer will offer the XT4 in three trim levels, and those will be the base Luxury, mid-range Premium Luxury, and the range-topping Sport. All the models will come standard with a range of advanced features.
Engine and performance of 2019 Cadillac XT4
All the versions of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 will be powered by one single option which is the brand’s all-new powertrain. And unlike the XC5 which features a 3.6-liter V-6 unit, the XT4 will be powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This unit is able to generate 237 horsepower and the torque of 258 pound-feet. It will be coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission and it will feature a cylinder deactivation system and start-stop. A twin-clutch will also be offered as an option. As well, this unit will use an Active Fuel Management for the best fuel efficiency in the brand’s lineup. When it comes to the fuel economy, this unit gets 25 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined. Furthermore, this engine will be able to tow up 3,500 pounds.
Design of exterior and interior
The all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4 will ride on the new architecture which Cadillac calls a unique platform. It will be 181.1 inches long and will feature a 109.4-inches long wheelbase.
As far as the exterior design is concerned, the XT4 will be inspired by the larger XT5 crossover but will also receive some new modern elements form the CT6 sedan model. The front end will wear a large trapezoidal mesh grille and swept-back headlamps with vertical LED daytime running lights which will be very similar to the ones on the XT5. The side intakes will be placed a bit lower which will give it a sportier appearance. The rear fascia will also look very similar to the XT5. It will feature a similar design of the bumper and tailgate while the taillights will be all-new. As well, the taillight will be equipped with LED lighting. It will ride on standard 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels while the larger 20-inch ones will be optional.
Furthermore, the XT4 Sport will be slightly different from the standard model. It will receive a gloss black mesh grille which is borrowed from the brand’s V-Series models, unique alloy wheels, and black window molding. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 will be available in 8 exterior colors. Those are Atlantic Metallic, Autumn Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Twilight Blue Metallic, Shadow Metallic, Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stellar Black Metallic, and Radiant Silver Metallic.
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 will have two rows of seats and will be able to welcome up to five passengers. All the seats are highly comfortable and covered in premium leather. The dashboard features a unique design and it is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen for CUE infotainment system.
All the models will come standard with Bluetooth, 4 USB ports, leatherette upholstery, rear park assist, power adjustable front seats, and so on. The Premium Luxury will add wood or aluminum trim, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a power liftgate, ambient lighting, lane change alert, etc. The Sport trim will feature body-color door handles, a sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim and many others.
Release date and price of 2019 Cadillac XT4
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 will go on sale later this year. The starting price will be around $35,800.