Cadillac is expanding its SUV lineup with an all-new model – the 2019 Cadillac XT4. The compact crossover slots under the current XT5 and represents the brand’s new entry point into its high-riding models.
The XT4 is based on an all-new platform that is expected to offer class-leading levels of rear-seat legroom and cargo space. The front-wheel-drive architecture is mated with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and General Motors’ nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available.
Cadillac has clearly aimed the XT4 at a younger, more budget-conscious audience. When it hits showrooms in the fall of 2018, the XT4 will start at a surprisingly low $35,790, including destination. Caddy’s is playing a volume strategy here, with plans of a brand renaissance of sorts. Cadillac’s president, Johan de Nysschen, said, XT4 expands our successful SUV lineup to a segment where Cadillac has never been before. It sets off a dramatic expansion and elevation of the product range, that will see a new Cadillac virtually once every six months through 2021.”
2019 Cadillac XT4 Styling
The 2019 XT4 retains Cadillac’s current styling theme. In fact, the XT4 looks like a slightly shrunken XT5. The large grille, floating Cadillac crest, the LED headlights and daytime running lights, and the short overhangs all pay homage to the XT5.
The XT4 also keeps the current crossover styling trend of black cladding along the lower bumpers, rocker panels, and along the wheel wells. This helps cement its “rugged SUV” persona.
Customers can choose from eight exterior colors. They are Atlantic Metallic, Autumn Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Twilight Blue Metallic, Shadow Metallic, Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stellar Black Metallic, and Radiant Silver Metallic.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Interior
The new XT4 seats five people and is offered in three trim levels. The base trim is called Luxury, while the Premium Luxury is the swankier trim. Those wanting a sportier flare can get the Sport trim. Each comes with its own list of standard and available options. Adding to the trim levels are seven so-called “interior environments.” These are different color and trim combinations dispersed across the three trim levels.
The interior’s overall design is somewhat similar to the XT5, but is hardly a carbon copy. In fact, the XT4 uses an entirely new control knob to operate the CUE infotainment system. Hopefully this will elevate complaints about CUE’s sub-par user experience. The main screen is an 8.0-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported. A next-generation, 15-watt wireless phone charger is included that will charger devices more quickly. Four USB ports and three 12-volt plugs come standard.
Cadillac says the XT4 offers 39.5 inches of rear-seat legroom, 22.5 cubic feet of cargro room behind the second row, and 48.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the 60/40-split second-row bench folded flat. By comparison, the 2018 Audi Q3 offers 31.1 inches or rear-seat legroom, 16.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second-row, and 50.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the seats folded.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Safety Technology
The XT4 comes standard with a full barrage of active and passive safety systems. Cadillac’s Surround Vision 360-degree camera system and rear park assist are standard. Optional equipment includes front park assist, blind zone alert, Safety Alert Seat, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Many of these features become standard on the Premium Luxury and Sport trims.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Powertrain
The XT4 comes powered by Cadillac’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine boasts Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and automatic stop/start. The all-aluminum engine kicks out a respectable 237 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. GM’s now-familiar nine-speed automatic connects the transversely mounted engine to the front wheels.
Models with AWD get GM’s innovative twin-clutch, decoupling AWD system. Just like in the XT5, the system works automatically to divert power to the rear wheels when traction becomes an issue. The driver can completely disengage the system for better fuel economy. When this happens, the system decouples the rear driveshaft from the transmission, meaning none of the rear AWD components are spinning, therefore reducing drag on the drivetrain.
Cadillac expects the 2019 XT4 to achieve 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.
Those wanting to tow will have 3,500 pounds of maximum capacity with the optional Max Towing Package.
The XT4 also boasts two suspension system types. The standard model uses conventional MacPherson struts up front and dampers out back while the Sport trim can be optioned with Caddy’s Active Sport Suspension. The active suspension variably adjusts the dampers every two milliseconds for a smoother yet more responsive ride. The dampers also respond to the various drive modes.
2019 Cadillac XT4 Pricing & Availability
The new XT4 will arrive in showrooms in the fall of 2018 as a 2019 model. As mentioned above, its starting price is very competitive at $35,790. Of course, that does not include additional options or the added cost of the Premium Luxury or Sport trims. We expect the XT4’s price to cap around $50,000.