Spied: 2019 Cadillac XT4, Ready to Do What Sedans Can't

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
spied 2019 cadillac xt4 ready to do what sedans cant

By “can’t,” we mean “keep the division afloat.” The luxury brand’s sedan sales just aren’t cutting it anymore, forcing Cadillac to play a game of , a compact crossover positioned just below the XT5. Debuting in the middle of next year as a 2019 model, the new crossover recently made an appearance outside General Motors’ Milford proving grounds. Luckily, a cameraman was there.

A trio of camouflaged XT4s, along with some segment rivals (BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC) brought along for comparison, couldn’t stay within the track’s confines forever. Because of this, we can see that the XT4 doesn’t diverge much, at least in profile, from something that already works — the XT5.

Riding atop a version of the modular C1XX platform used by the XT5, the XT4 appears shorter in length. Gone is the small window just aft of the XT5’s C-pillar. Aside from some brightwork along the lower bumper, as well as the roof racks, there’s not much glitz to be seen in these photos. While the XT’s grille utilizes numerous horizontal chrome slats, the XT4’s front aperture (which is probably a stand-in) has a mouthful of black mesh. This is a lower-cost vehicle, but it’s still a Cadillac. Expect some shiny bits when the production version arrives.

As for power, expect to find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Depending on application, that engine makes anywhere from 250 to 272 horsepower in GM vehicles. The four-cylinder offering would help contrast the XT4 from its larger sibling, which carries a 3.6-liter V6 as standard equipment.

In the future, Cadillac will offer a crossover undercutting the XT4 in size and price. That model should arrive in 2020. Also in the cards, and due out in 2019, is a larger, three-row crossover to split the difference between the XT5 and top-flight Navigator.

Cadillac sales in the U.S. sank just over 5 percent over the first 11 months of 2017, mainly the result of a continued decline in popularity of the ATS and CTS sedans. To put the issue in perspective, Cadillac sold 58,774 CTS sedans in 2008. With one month left to go in 2017, this year’s tally is just 9,539.

[Images: Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars]

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  • Ajla Ajla on Dec 06, 2017

    In an ideal world the Alpha platform would have been a slightly larger and more direct Zeta replacement and been used make a future Camaro, Commodore (just don't build it in Australia), Chevelle (Charger/Stinger priced sedan), VXR8, and CTS (a little under G80 priced). Then the ATS never would have existed. This wouldn't have set the sales world on fire, but I bet it would have worked out better than what we got.

    • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Dec 07, 2017

      They should have stuck to the CTS original formula and maybe coupled that with an Epsilon based PHEV/EV. But this focus on crossovers should have come way earlier. It's too late now.

  • Kyree Kyree on Dec 07, 2017

    The lack of a quarter-panel window makes it look cheaper than it probably is.

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