2019 Cadillac XT4: Yet Another Compact Crossover, But This One's a Caddy

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2019 cadillac xt4 yet another compact crossover but this ones a caddy

Full disclosure, right up front: While I am in New York City for the auto show, neither myself or anyone from the TTAC team was invited to the XT4 unveiling the night before the show’s first media day.

I only mention this to point out that I can’t, as of this writing, judge the newest luxury compact crossover in the flesh, although I will likely see it 12 hours or so after I type this.

Hot takes aside, it’s common knowledge by now that crossovers are hot and just about every brand feels it needs to cover the subcompact, compact, and midsize classes. Cadillac has the midsize class covered with the XT5, so naturally, it’s time to go one smaller.

Like so many other cars and crossovers on the road, the XT4 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four. This one has two types of valve lift (high and low) and cylinder deactivation for extra fuel savings, and it pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac has it slated to make 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

It will be available in three trims – base Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport – as part of Cadillac’s new “Y” trim strategy, which uses specific content and styling distinctions to make it easy for observers to tell the trims apart at a glance.

Pricing will start at $35,790 before fees, and the XT4 will be available with a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, an available sport suspension with something dubbed “electro-hydraulic brake assist” (the system essentially replaces the more conventional vacuum assist to reduce weight) and a new rotary controller for the CUE infotainment system.

LED headlights and taillights will be standard, and key standard/available features include near-field communication, wireless charging, rearview-mirror camera, and 360-degree camera. A quick scan of the media materials also shows that the usual driver-assistance systems are available, along with a sunroof, navigation, premium audio, a cold-weather package, and 20-inch wheels.

Par for the course, of course, in the compact luxury crossover class. I can say without even seeing the thing that Cadillac probably has a hit on its hands, just by default, since crossovers are so hot. Yes, the XT4 could suck to drive – we won’t know about that for a while – but provided it’s even reasonably well built, Cadillac is gonna move a bunch.

[Images: Cadillac]

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  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Mar 28, 2018

    It looks okay. It has a 4 cylinder turbo motor. It has an interior with seats. It has a screen. I'm sure it has a panorama roof. It costs in the 40's. It's a CUV. Why won't GM let Cadillac be Cadillac? This thing should have been crazy good looking, bold with a blown 6 for a standard engine. Or why not a really fast performance hybrid. Something that the brand could point to as the technology/power leader. GM needs someone with brass balls to start making decisions.

  • Ceipower Ceipower on Mar 28, 2018

    Cadillacs have never spoke to me, and after the old GM was replaced by the "New GM", well they still seem like a so-so vehicle that GM expects everyone to regard as a prestige brand. Sorry , I'm not biting.

  • Jeff S We have had so many article about gas wars. A lighter subject on gas wars might be the scene from Blazing Saddles where the cowboys were around the campfire and how their gas contributed to global warming or was it just natural gas.
  • Jeff S We all have issues some big and most not so big. Better to be alive and face the issues than to be dead and not have the opportunity to face them.
  • NJRide Now more than ever, the US needs a brand selling cheaper cars. I know the old adage that a "good used car" is the best affordable transportation, but there has to be someone willing to challenge the $45k average gas crossover or $60k electric one that has priced out many working and middle class people from the market. So I think Mitsu actually may be onto something. Call me crazy but I think if they came up with a decent sedan in the Civic space but maybe for $19-20k as opposed to $25 they might get some traction there's still some people who prefer a sedan.However, I just compared a Trailblazer on Edmunds to an Outlander Sport. Virtually same size, the Trailblazer has heated seats, keyless ignition and satellite radio and better fuel economy for almost same price as the Mitsu. Plus a fresher body and a normal dealer network. This has always been the challenge off brands have had. Mitsu probably would have to come in $2-3k less than the Chevy unless they can finance more readily to the subprime crowd.
  • MaintenanceCosts At least on the US West Coast, Waze is perfectly happy to send cut-through drivers down residential streets or to disregard peak-hour turn or travel restrictions. I hope if it's going to be standard equipment the company starts taking a more responsible approach.
  • MaintenanceCosts I'm more curious about the effect (if any) on battery lifetime than range. Drawing current faster creates more heat and if that heat is not promptly drawn away it could affect life of the cells.I agree this sort of thing can make sense as a one-time option but is consumer-hostile as a subscription.
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