Cadillac is woefully behind in the luxury crossover and SUV race. Competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have for years fielded a broad option of lifted 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, but Cadillac has successfully lost out on sales in the compact section (not to mention 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 help Cadillac grab more high-end dollars– and market share from its competitors’ coffers.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Platform
The 2018 Cadillac XT4 is likely to borrow its fundamental structure from the just-released 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the new GMC Terrain. Not just does the Cadillac seem of comparable size to those two General Motors products, but the most recent architecture also shed considerable weight relative to the previous-generation Equinox and Terrain. A lightweight, contemporary front-drive-based architecture is just exactly what Cadillac needs to get the XT4 started. Obviously, extremely nearly everything clients will see, touch, and being in will be specific to the Cadillac version. A few of this distinction can be seen peeking through this XT4’s camouflage. We can easily construct Cadillac’s signature plunging pentagonal mesh grille, pointy LED headlights, and wedgier profile.
Like its XT5 brother or sister, the XT4 most likely will fall into a sort of no-man’s land between typically accepted size denominations. Despite the fact that the XT4 will be similar in size to a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5, the XT5 technically takes on those on price while being slightly bigger. That will leave the XT4 to duke it out with the smaller stuff, 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, as well as the Lexus NX200t. A nine-speed automated transmission is likely, and all-wheel drive will be optional or possibly even basic. We hope Cadillac doesn’t adopt the daft blaze of switches and tabs that manage the GMC Terrain’s comparable transmission in favor of a more regular shift lever.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Release Date
We’ve been informed to expect to see the 2018 Cadillac XT4 by mid-2018, although that might just be its best rather than its on-sale date.