Cadillac is woefully behind in the luxury crossover and SUV race. Rivals like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have for years fielded a wide option of lifted wagons and have rather the head start on Cadillac. The larger XT5, which is a replacement for the long-serving SRX, focuses on the hearty mid-size piece of the luxury-crossover market, however Cadillac has actually successfully lost out on sales in the compact segment (not to discuss the three-row, not-enormous-crossover sector in between the XT5 and the truck-based Escalade that includes stuff like the Audi Q7). The XT4 should assist Cadillac get more luxury dollars– and market share from its competitors’ 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 current architecture likewise shed considerable weight relative to the previous-generation Equinox and Terrain.
A lightweight, contemporary front-drive-based architecture is simply exactly what Cadillac needs to get the XT4 began. Naturally, extremely nearly whatever customers will see, touch, and sit in will specify to the Cadillac version. Some of this distinction can be seen glimpsing through this XT4’s camouflage. We can easily make out Cadillac’s signature plunging pentagonal mesh grille, pointy LED headlights, and wedgier profile.
Like its XT5 sibling, the XT4 most likely will fall into a sort of no-man’s land between frequently accepted size denominations. Even though the XT4 will be comparable in size to a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5, the XT5 technically takes on those on price while being somewhat larger. That will leave the XT4 to duke it out with the smaller sized things, that includes the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA-class, and BMW X1.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Engine
That appears to confirm our presumption that the XT4 will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as are the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, in addition to the Lexus NX200t. A nine-speed automatic transmission is likely, and all-wheel drive will be optional or perhaps even standard. 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 regular shift lever.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Release Date
We’ve been told to expect to see the 2018 Cadillac XT4 by mid-2018, although that may merely be its premiere instead of its on-sale date.