It may have taken them a while, but Cadillac is catching up with their competitors as they have finally developed a compact premium crossover. This new model is the 2019 XT4 and this is a more compact version of the Cadillac XT5. Cadillac chose the New York International Auto Show as the event in which they unveiled their latest model.
This car should really stand out from the pack as it boasts clean and stylish lines. In fact, it could be described as sharp-looking as it features a wide grille, a distinctive Cadillac shield, smart taillights, and the funky headlights. It looks particularly outstanding with the Sport’s trim.
The XT4’s cabin is also worth noting as it has the feel and layout of a concept car. Just below the 8-inch touchscreen display are two rows of buttons. In comparison to some other cars, the display is a little lower than you would expect and it almost merges with the instrument cluster. Nonetheless, this is a stylish and smart-looking setup, although probably not as dramatic in appearance as the 24-inch displays in recent models of Mercedes-Benz cars.
While the driver of the Cadillac XT4 will be delighted with the arrangement in their section of the cabin, the passengers should also enjoy the experience of riding in this vehicle. In the second row of the car, there are a roomy 39.5 inches of leg room. According to Cadillac, this makes their car more spacious for passengers than its direct competitors.
The specifications below the bonnet are also fairly impressive. The XT4s have a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. This boasts a 9-speed automatic transmission and has the capability of producing 237 horsepower and approximately 258 pounds per square foot of torque. It beats most of its competition as the manufacturers have estimated it can achieve 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The powertrain used in this model is becoming increasingly familiar within the car industry as it is also used in various GM products, such as the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick Regal.
Unfortunately, emergency braking is not a standard feature of this car. However, it is available on request. Something else that is not available as standard is the Super Cruise hands-free driver assist system. This is surprising as it would be such a fantastic feature to include as standard in a car of this quality.
One feature that does come as standard on the XT4 is the blind-spot monitoring. However, this is only on the Premium Luxury and Sports versions of the model. Some of the features that buyers can request include lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. With this in mind, the standard version of the XT4 does not boast many exciting features unless you are willing to pay a higher price and opt to have them added from the options list. Other options will include a range of interior and exterior trims.
According to insiders, Cadillac has created this SUV to attract a younger market. SUVs are the hottest trend in the car industry right now and Cadillac want to get in on some of this action and attract the right buyers to their brand.
To make sure they attracted the right target market, Cadillac opted to employ a team of young designers who have the right experience and knowledge to know what will appeal to younger drivers so that they can stay with current auto trends. The young designers were asked to sketch the type of car they wanted to drive and describe how it would feel.
Therese Pinazzo, the exterior design n=manager of the XT4 says that the end result was an SUV that strikes the perfect balance between modern dynamism and traditional luxury. Pinazzo went on to say that their aim was to create a car that is eye-catching and expressive and would invoke an emotional reaction from those driving one of these models. This is something that Cadillac feel they have achieved.
Cadillac is releasing the XT4 in the fall of 2018 and it is expected that prices will start at around $35.790 for the standard version with higher price tags for the Premium Luxury or Sports versions. Any extra features from the options list will also come at an additional cost.