Cadillac is woefully behind in the high-end crossover and SUV race. Rivals like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have for years fielded a broad choice of raised wagons and have rather the head start on Cadillac. The bigger XT5, which is a replacement for the long-serving SRX, focuses on the hearty mid-size slice of the luxury-crossover market, but Cadillac has actually efficiently missed out on sales in the compact sector (not to mention the three-row, not-enormous-crossover segment between the XT5 and the truck-based Escalade that includes things like the Audi Q7). The XT4 should help Cadillac grab more luxury dollars– and market share from its competitors’ coffers.
2018 Cadillac XT4 Platform
The 2018 Cadillac XT4 is most likely to obtain its basic structure from the just-released 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the new GMC Terrain. Not only does the Cadillac seem of comparable size to those two General Motors products, but the current architecture likewise shed significant weight relative to the previous-generation Equinox and Terrain. A light-weight, modern-day front-drive-based architecture is simply exactly what Cadillac needs to get the XT4 began. Of course, very nearly everything consumers will see, touch, and sit in will specify to the Cadillac variation. A few of this differentiation can be seen peeking 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 brother or sister, the XT4 probably will fall under a sort of no-man’s land between frequently 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 competes with those on price while being slightly bigger. That will leave the XT4 to fight with the smaller sized things, which 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, along with the Lexus NX200t. A nine-speed automatic transmission is likely, and all-wheel drive will be optional or possibly even basic. We hope Cadillac doesn’t embrace the daft blaze of switches and tabs that control 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 might simply be its premiere rather than its on-sale date.