Cadillac unveils its smallest crossover yet – the 2019 XT4
Several luxury brands are fighting to create a lower barrier to entry for newer – millennial, basically – customers to join their ranks. We have the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Infiniti QX30, and the Volvo XC40 to name a few. Then, newly joining the fight in this segment, there’s the Lexus UX, and now Cadillac’s latest offering: the 2019 XT4 crossover.
Riding atop the brand’s global “Y” platform, the XT4 is meant to provide a means by which younger customers or those who want to downsize can still have a “Cadillac” experience. Even the 2019 XT4’s base model is the “Luxury”, while higher echelons exist as well. Over that trim level, there’s the Premium Luxury and Sport trims, depending on your tastes. All are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic and cylinder deactivation. Cadillac refers to the later as “Active Fuel Management”.
From the front and even moving around to the back, the XT4 takes on its big brother’s styling cues. It looks a lot like the XT5, just smaller, as you’d well expect. The 2019 XT4 will be available in eight exterior colors from launch.
Even in the smallest luxury crossovers today, you can get a fair amount of features. The 2019 XT4 is available this fall – with preorders starting now – from $35,790 and up. For that, you can get an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with NFC (Near Field Communication) support for phone pairing, and 15-watt wireless charging. There are as many USB ports as there are cylinders, and three 12-volt power ports as well. You can get SD-card enabled navigation, a 360-degree camera system, and a rear view mirror camera as well, as seen in the larger CT6. The 2019 XT4 gets the latest version of the “Cadillac User Experience” (or CUE) infotainment interface.
The 2019 XT4 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, as mentioned before. At 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the XT4 is on par with the likes of the Volvo XC40 for power. With that nine-speed transmission, Cadillac is claiming highway mileage up to 30 MPG. However, official EPA estimates aren’t available just yet. The XT4 has strut-type front suspension and five-link rear suspension to help it corner, as well as an available twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. If you opt for the Sport trim level, you get an active suspension that adjusts the damping every 2 milliseconds, according to Cadillac.
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