NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Designed to compete in an ever-popular luxury crossover segment alongside big players like the BMW X3 (reviewed here), Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is Caddy’s first-ever wander into this class of vehicle. At a private function we were invited to at Cadillac House in Manhattan, just before press day at the New York Auto Show, Cadillac announced that the XT4 is not only a new entry into a segment, but an important moment for the brand.
They claim that there will be a launch of a new Cadillac product once every six months until 2021, which will effectively overhaul the entire lineup. This is promising, considering the fact that every single Cadillac launched in the last couple of years has been properly good. The XT4 will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder, which will feature Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation, direct injection, and other efficiency maximizing techniques. A nine-speed automatic will send power to all four wheels (except the base Luxury – AWD is optional at this level).
Output is 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, and the motor will have what they call a “tripower” system. This has three distinct driving modes which will differentiate from one another through high and low valve lift, and Active Fuel Management to ensure it’s one of the most efficient players in its segment. Based on the same platform that underpins the current GMC Terrain (reviewed here) and Chevrolet Equinox, the XT4 will have a twin-clutch AWD system that allows decoupling of the rear axle to save fuel when the system is not needed. An optional Sport Suspension setup will also offer adaptive damping and an all-new electro-hydraulic braking assist system.
The interior of the XT4 is smart and elegant, with a new 8″ Cadillac user experience (it’s no longer called “CUE” though) system that offers a high resolution display and significantly updated software. Doing away with all-touch, this infotainment setup now has a rotary dial selector like the Germans, which will make it far more user friendly. A 4G-LTE hotspot will be standard fare as it is in almost every GM product today, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. From our first look, the interior of the XT4 has good fit and finish with minimal panel gaps, though the example seen is pre-production and we’ll have to wait for a full review to see how it will fare.
Three trim levels will be available, starting with the base XT4 Luxury which will already be very nicely equipped. The Premium Luxury model will offer more enhanced goodies including full leather seats, better interior decor, and additional safety features; the XT4 Sport will have a more athletic stance with sportier wheels and more dynamic-looking exterior trim. Cadillac suggests that with the optional towing package, the XT4 will be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is certainly a looker from our first glance at it, and it will be interesting to see how it compares with the established rivals. One thing’s for sure though – Cadillac is on a roll this year!
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