Cadillac is woefully behind in the high-end crossover and SUV race. Competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have for years fielded a broad choice of raised wagons and have rather the running start on Cadillac. The bigger XT5, which is a replacement for the long-serving SRX, targets at the hearty mid-size slice of the luxury-crossover market, however Cadillac has actually successfully missed out on sales in the compact sector (not to discuss the three-row, not-enormous-crossover sector between the XT5 and the truck-based Escalade that consists of things like the Audi Q7). The XT4 needs to help Cadillac get more luxury dollars– and market share from its rivals’ coffers.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Platform
The 2018 Cadillac XT4 is most likely to obtain its fundamental structure from the just-released 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the brand-new GMC Terrain. Not just does the Cadillac seem of similar size to those 2 General Motors products, however the most recent architecture likewise shed significant weight relative to the previous-generation Equinox and Terrain.
A lightweight, contemporary front-drive-based architecture is simply what Cadillac has to get the XT4 began. Of course, really nearly whatever customers will see, touch, and being in will specify to the Cadillac variation. A few of this distinction can be seen looking through this XT4’s camouflage. We can quickly construct out Cadillac’s signature plunging pentagonal mesh grille, pointy LED headlights, and wedgier profile.
Like its XT5 sibling, the XT4 probably will fall into a sort of no-man’s land in between frequently accepted size denominations. Although the XT4 will be comparable in size to a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5, the XT5 technically competes with those on price while being slightly bigger. That will leave the XT4 to fight with the smaller sized stuff, which includes the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA-class, and BMW X1.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Engine
That appears to confirm our assumption that the XT4 will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as are the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, along with the Lexus NX200t. A nine-speed automated transmission is likely, and all-wheel drive will be optional or possibly even basic. We hope Cadillac does not adopt the daft conflagration of switches and tabs that manage the GMC Terrain’s similar transmission in favor of a more normal shift lever.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Release Date
We’ve been informed to anticipate to see the 2018 Cadillac XT4 by mid-2018, although that might simply be its premiere instead of its on-sale date.