Cadillac jumps into the compact luxury crossover fray
Look out Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus, Volvo and Lincoln – Cadillac is gunning for your sales. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 wades into an increasingly crowded segment, largely dominated by the Europeans. In this video, TFL’s Roman Mica heads out to Seattle, Washington to see what Cadillac’s newest and least expensive crossover is all about. Check out the video above for the Top 10 things you need to know!
Perhaps one of the most important things to know about the XT4 is the all new engine. It is a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to your choice of just the front, or all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission.
What makes this engine really special is all the tech that Cadillac baked in to make it extra efficient. It has cylinder deactivation, as well as a sliding camshaft. A sliding camshaft, for those who don’t know, basically works like VTEC. The stroke of the cylinder is adjusted based on driving conditions. When you need efficiency, you can have it. But when you want to go faster, you can open it up. The results of all this tech mean the XT4 will get as high as 30 MPG on the highway (FWD only).
Size & Styling
Unlike your grandaddy’s Cadillac, the 2019 XT4 is actually pretty small. At just 181 inches long, it is one of the smallest Cadillacs ever made. However, it does look a little bit like a baby Escalade. Let us know what you think of the looks, and size in the comments below.
Cadillac have also gone about improving their infotainment system in the new 2019 Cadillac XT4. Cadillac User Experience, or CUE, has been drastically improved. Voice recognition is better, the touchscreen experience is better, pairing phones is easier. In short, the new CUE is a much better system.
Pricing & Availability
The XT4 is both small and inexpensive, for a Cadillac. The base price starts at $35,790, and goes up depending on drivetrain and trim level. Fully loaded, you are looking at a price around $55,000.
The XT4 should be hitting dealerships any day now. Of course, we will have a full review with driving impressions coming out on September 17th, when the embargo drops.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews and, of course, the full review on September 17th!