Jump to content
  • William Maley
    William Maley

    New York 2018: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Kicks Off A Product Renaissance

      Finally a new product from Cadillac!


    The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is an important vehicle for the brand for a number of reasons. It's the first vehicle part of a major product offensive by Cadillac that will see them introduce a new/redesigned model almost every six months through 2021. It also gives Cadillac a contender in the growing small luxury crossover class.

    The overall design of the XT4 is very similar to the larger XT5 with sharp angles, large front grille, headlights that extend downward to the bumper, and taillights that run from the top of the tailgate to underneath the window. 18-inch wheels come standard, while larger 20-inch wheels are optional. The overall dimensions of the XT4 - 181.1-inch overall length, 109.4-inch wheelbase, 74.1-inches wide, and 64.1-inches tall - puts it between subcompact and compact crossovers.

    Inside, Cadillac went for a modern and clean look. An 8-inch touchscreen housing the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system is standard on XT4s. Like the CT6 refresh, the XT4 will have a rotary control knob to control the system. Cargo space measures out 22.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 48.9 cubic feet when folded.

    Powering all XT4s will be a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This will come paired with a nine-speed automatic and the choice of front or all-wheel drive. Cadillac estimates fuel economy figures of 25 City/30 Highway/27 Combined - we're assuming the numbers are for the front-wheel drive model.

    The suspension is comprised of a front strut and five-link rear setup. Sport models get the option of a Continuous Damping Control system that automatically adjusts the firmness based on a number of parameters.

    Pricing for the 2019 XT4 kicks off at $35,790 when it arrives at dealers this fall. Those interested can order an XT4 beginning at the end of this month.

    Source: Cadillac 
    Press Release is on Page 2


    Cadillac Introduces First-Ever XT4

    • All-new compact SUV delivers more for a new generation of luxury buyers

    At Cadillac House in Manhattan today, Cadillac unveiled the first-ever XT4, an all-new compact SUV tailored for the next generation of luxury customers.

    Developed on an exclusive compact SUV architecture, Cadillac’s entry in the industry’s fastest-growing luxury segment delivers expressive design, confident performance, spacious accommodations and new technologies.

    “The first-ever 2019 Cadillac XT4 expands our successful SUV lineup to a segment where Cadillac has never been before,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “And it sets off a dramatic expansion and elevation of the product range, that will see a new Cadillac virtually once every six months through 2021.”

    Simple and sculpted lines draw the customer in and accentuate the XT4’s powerful proportions and aggressive presence. The interior is the Cadillac design aesthetic distilled: the thoughtful and artistic integration of technology and appealing style. The cabin is exceptionally refined, with expected segment-leading rear-seat spaciousness.

    All models are driven by an all-new Cadillac 2.0L Turbo engine that features new efficiency-enhancing technologies including Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift.

    Cadillac also debuts its new global “Y” trim strategy on the XT4. Distinctive Premium Luxury and Sport models build from the well-equipped Luxury (base) trim. Specific content and styling cues tailor the Premium Luxury and Sport trims to different customer tastes and preferences.

    Cadillac will roll out this new trim strategy beginning with the XT4 and the 2019 CT6 top-of-range sedan.

    The XT4 will be priced starting at $35,790 including destination charge, excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment, when it goes on sale in fall 2018. Starting at the end of March 2018, customers will be able to preorder their XT4s from participating U.S. Cadillac dealers nationwide.

    Additional XT4 highlights include:

    • Cadillac user experience with all-new rotary controller
    • Smart chassis features including available twin-clutch, decoupling all-wheel drive
    • Available Active Sport Suspension featuring Continuous Damping Control and new electro-hydraulic braking assist

    STYLE WITH SUBSTANCE
    A team of young designers representing the heart of the XT4’s target customer demographic helmed the design, penning an expressive SUV that injects a higher degree of sculpture into Cadillac’s lineup — and today’s vehicle is very close to their original visions for the exterior and interior.

    “The XT4 has a great presence that is confident and poised,” said Therese Pinazzo, exterior design manager. “It exudes Cadillac’s DNA, but with a new boldness that speaks to the youthfulness of its team and its customers.”

    In keeping with Cadillac’s new “Y” trim strategy, the Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport models offer distinctive styling cues and trim finishes to create unique personas and greater choice for customers. XT4 Sport models feature a gloss black mesh grille inspired by Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models, gloss black window moldings and specific Sport alloy wheel choices. Luxury and Premium Luxury models feature grilles with bright metallic accents, satin aluminum window moldings and satin chrome-accented door handles.

    All models feature advanced LED lighting technology front and rear, with front LED low and high beams and an LED-illuminated light blade for the daytime running lamps. Cadillac’s vertical L-shaped lighting signature is stretched horizontally, emphasizing the XT4’s width and confident stance.

    Standard LED taillights are housed in traditional red lenses on Luxury and Premium Luxury, while the Sport model receives tinted neutral-density (clear) lenses that complement the generally darker exterior color choices.

    Eight exterior colors will be offered on the 2019 XT4 at launch: Atlantic Metallic, Autumn Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Twilight Blue Metallic, Shadow Metallic, Red Horizon Tintcoat, Stellar Black Metallic and Radiant Silver Metallic.

    BOLD, REFINED AND SPACIOUS CABIN
    Echoing the exterior design themes, the new XT4’s cabin conveys boldness and strength with youthful athleticism. Sweeping arcs and tapered lines enhance the feeling of spaciousness and give it a taut, tightly wrapped appearance.

    The interior elements come together in a sophisticated and modern design. Intuitive technology includes available next-generation wireless device charging and an in-cabin air ionizer.

    “With the XT4’s interior, we distilled Cadillac to its essence,” said Phillip Kucera, Interior Design manager. “We’ve been able to be simpler and bolder than we have ever been before, giving the SUV attitude and a sporty connotation.”

    The all-new XT4 offers exceptional space for a compact luxury SUV, particularly for rear-seat passengers. It is expected to lead the segment in rear-seat roominess, with 39.5 inches (1,004 mm) of legroom. The XT4 also offers 48.9 cubic feet (1,385 liters) of maximum cargo volume with the rear seat folded.

    "The XT4 was envisioned holistically to deliver a dynamic sporty exterior without compromising comfort and functionality for passengers,” said Cadillac Exterior Design Director Jim Fleming, who helped create the vehicle’s architecture.

    “It’s a great balance that delivers style and comfort on long drives such as a weekend getaway to a favorite ski slope, while still offering excellent cargo room for that ski trip’s gear.”

    Additional interior features and highlights include:

    • The thick, three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel is all new and was developed to enhance the sporty feel of the vehicle while maintaining driver comfort on long drives.
    • Sport-inspired seating with prominent seat-bottom and seatback bolsters balances comfort with the kind of support typically found in sports sedans. A massage feature is available.
    • Available white ambient lighting casts a sophisticated glow and highlights important features.
    • Technology integration includes Cadillac’s first rotary controller for the Cadillac user experience and other vehicle features (see below for more information), along with streamlined vehicle controls for easier, more intuitive use.

    At launch, the 2019 XT4 will be offered in seven interior environments, based on Luxury, Premium Luxury or Sport trims:

    • XT4 Luxury — Light Platinum/Jet Black with Aluminum Metallized decor trim
    • XT4 Premium Luxury — Jet Black with Diamond-Cut Aluminum, Light Platinum/Jet Black with Linear Galaxy High-Gloss Wood, Sedona/Jet Black with Fineline Calico High-Gloss Wood
    • XT4 Sport — Jet Black with Cinnamon Accents with Twenty-Two High-Gloss Carbon Fiber, Light Wheat/Jet Black with Red Accents and Morello Red High-Gloss Carbon Fiber, Sedona/Jet Black with Fineline Calico High-Gloss Wood

    INTUITIVE TECHNOLOGIES 
    Led by the latest Cadillac user experience, the brand’s most advanced infotainment interface, the XT4 offers a connected environment.

    The Cadillac user experience is a dynamic platform that offers a smartphone-like experience with an intuitive interface, faster response and improved voice recognition that can be updated over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs. It leverages the cloud and available embedded 4G LTE connection to enable personalization, available connected navigation and news, marketplace and entertainment applications via the app store and a new rotary controller that offers users alternative ways to interact with the system.

    The new controller includes volume and seek forward/back controls for the audio system; shortcut buttons for fast access to the most frequently used apps such as Audio, Phone, Navigation (if available) and Home; and a large center dial to operate primary features of the most frequently used apps, scroll menus and lists and select other apps to be displayed.

    Additional XT4 technologies include:

    • The 8-inch diagonal Cadillac user experience interface screen has 768p HD resolution
    • Near-Field Communication, a Cadillac-first integration, greatly improves the process of pairing a phone (if compatible) with Cadillac user experience.
    • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging is available and offers faster charging timesi .
    • There are four standard USB Ports and three 12-volt accessory power outletsii. Models equipped with the available navigation radio also receive an SD memory card reader in the center console.
    • The full suite of active safety features includes Surround Vision and second-generation Rear Camera Mirror (available)iii.

    XT4 DRIVING DYNAMICS
    The new Cadillac XT4’s confident, athletic appearance is complemented by great agility. It is characteristically Cadillac in refinement and responsiveness, but with a youthful edginess derived from the brand’s critically acclaimed sports sedans.

    It starts with an all-new Cadillac 2.0L Turbo engine. This advanced, power-dense inline-four-cylinder — 118.5 hp per liter — features an industry-first tripower system. The system is designed to optimize performance and efficiency by having three distinct operating modes, including high and low valve lift and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).

    The engine also features a twin-scroll turbocharger to enhance torque production at lower speeds, as well as direct injection, active thermal management and stop/start technologies. Output is SAE-certified at 237 hp (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). A nearly flat torque curve gives the XT4 surprising responsiveness throughout the engine’s RPM range.

    A nine-speed automatic transmission is paired with the new engine, helping the XT4 achieve a Cadillac-estimated 30 mpg in highway drivingiv. The vehicle also features the next generation of electronic precision shift, which features an intuitive shifting sequence.

    When it comes to channeling the XT4’s power to the pavement, a strut-type front suspension and five-link independent rear suspension are tuned to balance refinement with responsiveness. The standard Driver Select Mode allows that tuning to be adjusted on demand for different driving styles and road conditions.

    A twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system is available and offers the convenience of decoupling entirely from the rear wheels when the driver chooses, eliminating drivetrain friction.

    XT4 Sport’s available Active Sport Suspension features Continuous Damping Control and takes driving dynamics and control to a higher threshold, using electronic sensors to monitor the road in real time and making damping adjustments every 2 milliseconds.

    The XT4 is also the first Cadillac to introduce electro-hydraulic braking assist, which supplants the traditional vacuum-assisted power braking system with an electro-hydraulic system that enhances fuel economy and takes up less space under the hood.

    KEY STANDARD AND AVAILABLE FEATURES (Premium Luxury and Sport content is in addition to or in place of Luxury content)

    XT4 LUXURY

    XT4 PREMIUM LUXURY

    XT4 SPORT

    STANDARD

    STANDARD

    STANDARD

    18-in.  10-spoke alloy wheels with Bright Silver finish
    LED headlamps and taillamps
    Satin aluminum side glass moldings
    Leatherette trim
    8-way driver/6-way passenger power front seats
    Aluminum metallized interior decor
    Rotary controller
    Rear Park Assistiii
    Teen Driveriii
    Cadillac user experience
    Four USB ports
    60/40-split rear seat
    Dual-zone automatic climate control
    Adaptive Remote Start

    18-inch 10-spoke wheels with Pearl Nickel finish
    Illuminated door handles with satin chrome accents
    Front and Rear Park Assistiii
    Power-folding outside mirrors
    Satin aluminum finish on roof rails
    Leather seat surfaces
    Ambient lighting
    Wood or aluminum interior décor
    Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alertiii
    Rear Cross Traffic Alertiii
    Safety Alert Seatiii
    Auto-dimming inside mirror
    Driver’s seat memory
    Power liftgate

    18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with Diamond Cut/Argent Metallic finish
    LED front turn signal and cornering lamps
    Tinted neutral-density taillamp lenses
    Gloss Black finish on the front grille, side glass moldings and roof rails
    Body-color door handles
    Front and Rear Park Assistiii
    Power-folding outside mirrors
    Leatherette trim with sport accents
    Ambient lighting
    Carbon fiber or wood interior décor
    Sport steering wheel and pedals
    Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alertiii
    Rear Cross Traffic Alertiii
    Safety Alert Seatiii
    Auto-dimming inside mirror
    Driver’s seat memory
    Power liftgate

    AVAILABLE

    AVAILABLE

    AVAILABLE

    Sunroof and roof rails
    Trailering package
    All-wheel drive
    Navigation radio and Bose audio system
    Cold weather package

    Sunroof
    Trailering package
    All-wheel drive
    Navigation radio and Bose audio system
    Cold weather package
    Comfort and Convenience package
    20-inch Luxury wheels
    Driver Awareness Package
    Visibility Package
    Driver Assist Package
    Technology Package

    Sunroof
    Trailering package
    All-wheel drive
    Navigation radio and Bose audio system
    Cold weather package
    Comfort and Convenience package
    20-inch Sport wheels
    Driver Awareness Package
    Visibility Package
    Driver Assist Package
    Technology Package
    Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control

    ###

    2019 CADILLAC XT4 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS 
    (North American specs, as of time of publication)

    OVERVIEW

    Model

    2019 Cadillac XT4

    Body Style

    5 door, 5 passenger compact luxury SUV

    Manufacturing location

    Fairfax Assembly, Kansas City, Kansas

     

    EXTERIOR

    Wheelbase (in / mm)

    109.4 / 2779

    Overall length (in / mm)

    181.1 / 4599

    Overall width (in / mm)

    74.1 / 1881 (excluding outside rearview mirrors)

    Overall height (in / mm)

    64.1 / 1627 (including roof rails)

    Turning circle (feet)

    38.0

    Ground clearance (in / mm)

    6.7 / 171

     

    INTERIOR DIMENSIONS & CARGO VOLUME

    Seating capacity (front / rear)

    2 / 3

    Headroom
    (in / mm)

    39.4 / 1000 (front)
    38.3 / 973 (rear)

    Legroom
    (in. / mm)

    40.4 / 1026 (front)
    44.1 / 1121 (front, maximum)
    39.5 / 1004 (rear)

    Cargo volume (cu ft)

    22.5 (behind 1st row)
    48.9 (behind 2nd row)

     

    WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES

    Curb weight (lbs / kg)

    3660 / 1660 (FWD Luxury – est.)

    Max. towing capacity (lbs)

    3500 (with available towing package)

     

    CADILLAC-ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY

    City

    25 mpg

    Highway

    30 mpg

    Combined

    27 mpg

     

    ENGINE

    Type:

    2.0L Turbocharged I4 DOHC with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and stop/start

    Bore and stroke       (in. / mm):

    3.26 x 3.63 / 83 x 92.3

    Block material:

    Cast aluminum

    Cylinder head material:

    Cast aluminum

    Valvetrain:

    Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with tripower system

    Fuel delivery:

    Direct injection with electronic throttle control

    Horsepower             (hp / kW @ rpm):

    237 / 177 @ 5000 (SAE cert.)

    Torque
    (lb.-ft. / Nm):

    258 / 350 @ 1500-4000 (SAE cert.)

     

    TRANSMISSION

    Type:

    Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed electronically controlled automatic

     

    CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

    Front Suspension:

    MacPherson strut with coil-over spring; direct-acting stabilizer bar. Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control (avail. on Sport)

    Rear Suspension:

    Five-link independent with coil springs and fully isolated cradle

    Steering Type:

    Electric variable-assist power rack-and-pinion

    Brake Type:

    Four-wheel disc with ABS; electro-hydraulic assist

    Wheel Size:

    18-in. alloy (std.)
    20-in. alloy (avail.)



    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments



    Love the modern and yet sporty look. Interior dash is outstanding. Rear lights remind me of Volvo but have the Vertical portion to clearly state Cadillac. Engine is peppy, like the mid size version of it being between subcompact and compact.

    The dash is very nice and I like it better than the dash in the XT5, I hope they update the XT5 for next year with this dash. I see what looks like a HUD system in the shot looking down over the dash. Very cool. HUD should be standard on all Cadillacs.

    Hood with the bulge in the center tell me they could easily make a V edition or at least a V-Sport. Very impressed with what I see.

    • Upvote 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Looks good..not sure about the c-pillar trim--the rear door cutline is way back..from a left front pic, I thought it was a 6 light greenhouse like the XT5, but from the other photos I realized it is not.   Putting that triangle of black plastic behind the rear door upper opening always seems to come off as half-assed, too many car makers do such nonsense instead of committing to a quarter window or ending the trim at the door edge.  Rear lights when lit up kind of remind me of the CR-V (though those have more a BMW look to the horizontal sections). 

     

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I wonder if people will complain about same sausage and different lengths since it has the same face as the XT5 and CT6, hmm...

    I think it looks good from the front, it has a bold, sharp look to it that should stand out.  With the rear end, I don't get these hockey stick shaped tail lights, the CT6 did that sideways jut out too with the taillights, what happened to classic Cadillac vertical tail lights?  This car from the rear looks like a CR-V:

    2017-Honda-CR-V-rear-unveiled.jpg

    On the inside, I like the idea behind the clean, modern, minimalist look, it is Tesla-like, the gauge cluster looks good.  So I like it in one way, but it looks rather spartan also.  The door trim looks like it belongs in a Chevy, there is a lot of plastic around the shift lever.  I'd have to sit in and and look around to be sure, but the pictures make me wonder if the people that designed it ever sat in an Audi.

    Engine is fine, 2.0T is pretty much standard operating procedure for every small lux crossover.  

    My prediction is they made it too small, and it will get compared to the X3, Q5, and GLC and the Cadillac will get criticized for having less interior room by all the car magazines and reviewers.

    Forgot to say, the price I think is a very good starting point.  They got the pricing part right, because I assume it is $34,995 with a $795 destination fee. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    2 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    With the rear end, I don't get these hockey stick shaped tail lights,

    That's because you are not a hoser, eh.

     

     

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Less cargo room than a Volkswagen Golf, seats up or down.  I didn't realize they were going this small, I figured there would be an XT3 that was that small.

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I have reservations. I really like the XT5's looks, but not so much on this one. Not a fan so far on the 'Escala' grille- it doesn't look expensive. There's a few other minor lines I would've done differently, too.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    26 minutes ago, frogger said:

    Less cargo room than a Volkswagen Golf, seats up or down.  I didn't realize they were going this small, I figured there would be an XT3 that was that small.

     

    I could see them doing an XT3 below this.   Automakers see no end to crossovers.

    • Upvote 1
    • Downvote 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I would think a smaller model would be inevitable.  But not Tracore small.  . I assume this is on D2XX (Equinox,  Envision, Terrain?).  Slightly longer wheelbase than those. 

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Styling wise they did ok  but I might have thought it was a smaller Ford Edge from the side profile  caddy played it safe with styling here because they almost had to  

    interior quality will be a concern but the design of it looks good

    35k is more of a Buick price point ?

    not enough power in that 2.0 liter. Why is it detuned?

    cargo area figures seem small. Makes me wonder just how small this thing is. 

    This essentially replaces the function of the ATS. except they should make sales volume with this which will keep caddys doors open enough to sell ct6's. There's no premise of performance here and the plain styling doesn't command big prices. This becomes caddys lease special queen. If anything it should bring new customers to the brand finally. Problem is this may be cheap enough to steal what really should be buick customers. Hell if this were cheap enough I might even want one  

    Overall still i worry about why GM is overall still behind the curve in crossovers. GM needs to awake from their stupor of dumping huge $$$ on stuff like autonomous vehicles and earn back some market segments. It feels like GM has no product types in the company any more. Just 'marketing' types.  Is it stempel era again? At least the xt4 should help win some business back. It signals a pretty passionless future for Cadillac though if every thing following is this neutered. 

    Edited by regfootball
    • Upvote 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    The absolutely SMASHING new Aviator (while admittedly a near production version) renders this invisible.  It's decent I guess, but the black lower perimeter cheapens the look considerably, I mean, the Buick Encore has less black textured plastic around the lower extremities than this.  I'm thinking part of the issue with that is the "sport" trim.  And the horizontal jag on the taillights takes away its Cadillac identity, forcing people to get up close to ID it.  I agree with SMK on the door trims... plain.  Not luxury.  I guess they're trying to sell a "first Cadillac" to people who don't know or care about Cadillac history.

    • Upvote 2

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    The XT4 is sized between the MKC and Nautilus, while the Aviator is larger than the XT5. I thought the XT4 and XT5 were both 2 row.. seems like Lincoln is going to have 4 CUVs, while Cadillac only 2 at this point...room for an XT3 and XT7 looks like. 

    Anyway, the Aviator concept looks great, very close to a production version...great interior and lines.  I don't see a thread about it here yet. Glad to see Lincoln going with actual names instead of more pointless acronyms...wonder when the MKC will get a name. 

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Love the looks.. Love the tail lights.. its a about time for a lil change. Love the powertrain for what it is (What it is will be a vehicle for the segment.. not an enthusiast like me) Only complaint is that they caved to the knob heads and brought back a knob when I loved touch of the CUE system so much.. if for no other reason that I am more intelligent than most

     

    Perspective.. to those talking about size.. We must remember that Cadillac is going back to its TWEENER strategy in the coming years in some categories to accommodate various customers.. and this is 

    Length
    X3 is 186 inched long
    X1 is 176 inched long
    XT4 is 181 inched long

    Price Point ($35,790) is that this starts off at X1 ($33,900) prices.. but has a size more in line with the X3 ($42,650) That being said. remember that the X3 is longer in the FRONT.. because of engine placement not because it is actually larger in usable people space. 

    What I often felt was weird before the actual debut.. was that people bitched about the engine HP.. which now seen in perspective seems again like people loving to bitch about nothin. I looked at the HP of the competitors.. and it has to be noted that the Q3, for instance has a 200 hp engine.. the NX starts with a 195hp .. GLA.. a 208 hp engine.. X1.. 228HP.. this thing has a 237HP 2.0L with torque that comes and stays.. from 1000rpm. That my friends is a stout package if weight is where it should be. Remember the 0-60 of the X1 with a 228 hp engine is 6.3.. hell a Terrain with the 252hp 2.0L is 6.8.. but its torque and power come in at 2000rpm. I have a feeling that this will match a X1 or beat it

     

    • Upvote 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    9 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    I would think a smaller model would be inevitable.  But not Tracore small.  . I assume this is on D2XX (Equinox,  Envision, Terrain?).  Slightly longer wheelbase than those. 

    I suspect so as the hard points match up with Equinox and Terrain. 

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Good looking vehicle! I just wish they didn't show it in burnt orange, lol. 

    I don't understand the angle of the infotainment screen though. that looks like it would be atrocious on a sunny day. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    The absolutely SMASHING new Aviator (while admittedly a near production version) renders this invisible.  It's decent I guess, but the black lower perimeter cheapens the look considerably, I mean, the Buick Encore has less black textured plastic around the lower extremities than this.  I'm thinking part of the issue with that is the "sport" trim.  And the horizontal jag on the taillights takes away its Cadillac identity, forcing people to get up close to ID it.  I agree with SMK on the door trims... plain.  Not luxury.  I guess they're trying to sell a "first Cadillac" to people who don't know or care about Cadillac history.

    Completely different markets. Cadillac does not have direct competition for the Aviator yet. This matches up with the MKC in price.  That said, if this is any indicator of the future of Cadillac interiors verse Lincoln interiors, Lincoln will be making big moves on Cadillac very soon. There is nothing wrong with the XT4 interior, but it is nothing special, it could be a new Infiniti or Acura or BMW in styling.  Cadillac cannot put this kind of half-hearted effort into the new Escalade or they will end up where the Navigator was in sales for the past decade.

    • Upvote 3

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    After reading what you guys have said, is this like MKC-sized then? It seems priced about that way. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    6 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Good looking vehicle! I just wish they didn't show it in burnt orange, lol. 

    They have a silver one as well.  The venue they presented them in last night was terrible for this type of debut and getting pictures was hard. I'll have more up later today.  It looks better in person than in the pics, but it still doesn't knock my socks off.

    Just now, ccap41 said:

    After reading what you guys have said, is this like MKC-sized then? It seems priced about that way. 

    Yes. It's surprisingly short and sits low to the ground for a crossover. I can see over the roof easily.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    After reading what you guys have said, is this like MKC-sized then? It seems priced about that way. 

    It's kind of a tweener.  Bigger than the MKC, smaller than the Nautilus. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    3 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Yes. It's surprisingly short and sits low to the ground for a crossover. I can see over the roof easily.

    Wow, that's definitely smaller than I would have thought. I originally thought this was more Edge/JGC-sized but I guess that's what the XT5 is. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    9 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Completely different markets. Cadillac does not have direct competition for the Aviator yet. This matches up with the MKC in price.  That said, if this is any indicator of the future of Cadillac interiors verse Lincoln interiors, Lincoln will be making big moves on Cadillac very soon. There is nothing wrong with the XT4 interior, but it is nothing special, it could be a new Infiniti or Acura or BMW in styling.  Cadillac cannot put this kind of half-hearted effort into the new Escalade or they will end up where the Navigator was in sales for the past decade.

    The photos of the black/dark gray interior are uninspiring.  The design is anonymous, without the Cadillac steering wheel, I'd be hard pressed to identify the marque.  Lincoln is using interior color much better, IMO.  

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar
    • Like 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    Just now, ccap41 said:

    Wow, that's definitely smaller than I would have thought. I originally thought this was more Edge/JGC-sized but I guess that's what the XT5 is. 

    Yes, the XT5 is about the same size as the Acadia and the Acadia is just slightly larger than a JGC.

    Just now, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    The photos of the black/dark gray interior are uninspiring.  Lincoln is using interior color much better, IMO.  

    Cadillac absolutely made some bad choices in the reveal of this.  Poor space in the venue, the venue is fantastic just not appropriate for this type of reveal. The colors of the vehicles. The colors of the interior.  They'll probably sell the crap out of these, but not for the quality of the initial presentation.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    16 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    It's kind of a tweener.  Bigger than the MKC, smaller than the Nautilus. 

    If Drew can see over the roof easily and there are less cargo capacity than a Golf it's hard to believe it's any larger than an MKC. I mean I know the dimensions are larger it just seems odd.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites



    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • By Drew Dowdell
      2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature
      Mazda is on a mission lately to make their products feel more premium. They have been tuning their vehicles to be quieter and more refined in order to give them an air that they are above their class. This second generation of the Mazda CX-5 debuted for the 2017 model year with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft of torque.  For 2019, Mazda added the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the CX-9. On regular gas, the engine produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft of torque, but if you fill it up with 93 octane, the horsepower figure bumps up to 250.  Available only on the Grand Touring and Signature trims, the 2.5-T makes the CX-5 the compact crossover with the most available torque.  Mazda sent a CX-5 Signature for me to try for a week to see what I thought.
      There’s no replacement for displacement… maybe
      The biggest CX-5 news for 2019 is the engine options. There is the 2.5-T mentioned above and a 2.2-liter turbo diesel. Both are exciting entries into a relatively conservative segment.  The 2.5-T is the second-largest displacement engine available in the segment, behind the 3.2 liter V6 in the Jeep Cherokee.  This 4-cylinder puts out quite a bit more torque than the bigger V6, though the Jeep produces more horsepower (271 @ 6,500 rpm). Even among 4-cylinders, this is the largest displacement you can get, but none of those others offering 2.5 liters also offers a turbocharger. This engine is rated by the EPA to get 22 city / 27 highway.  I got about 24 mpg in mostly city driving. Zero to 60 is a claimed 6.2 seconds.
      Under normal driving, the engine is quiet and composed, with torque coming on quickly when called for. When the pedal is mashed at speed, the CX-5 leaps forward with minimal turbo lag and gives off a strong growl from under the hood. The only time you can really feel any lag in the turbo is if you are starting from a dead stop. Overall, you never feel without power at the tip of your toes and the sounds, and lack of sounds, from the engine room is quiet and refined.
      One area the CX-5 falls behind on is in the transmission department. Although the transmission offers smooth shift and is willing to downshift when called upon, a 6-speed automatic almost feels anachronistic in a time when all of its direct competition is sporting 8 or 9 speeds. I never thought there would come a day when 6-forward gears aren’t enough, but here we are. Adding 2 or 3 more gears to the CX-5 would further liven up the already sporty crossover and help keep the turbocharged engine firmly in the good places of its torque band.
      Ride: Al dente – Firm but tender
      If there is a brand that Mazda is looking to emulate here by being premium without the premium badge, it would likely be BMW.  The ride is firm, but not so harsh as to spill your latte. Steering is on the heavy side with precise control and great on-center feel.  Body roll is minimal. Pushing the CX-5 into corners is fun and the standard G-Vectoring Control Plus makes sure you stay planted where you intended to be.  The i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive mostly runs in front-wheel-drive mode until microscopic amounts of wheel slip are detected and then some torque is instantly transferred to the rear wheels.  Mazda programs the AWD system to always have at least a little bit of torque going to the rear in order for the transfer of torque to happen faster. 
      It’s what’s inside that matter most
      Inside the CX-5, the premium story continues. There is a distinct lack of cheap plastic even in places where they could probably get away with it. The dash and door panels are made of soft-touch material and there is a tasteful amount of chrome trim. Though the seats look black in pictures, they are actually a very dark brown that Mazda calls Caturra Brown Nappa leather. This leather is a feature of the Signature trim level and they are both heated and ventilated.  Rear passengers get heated outboard seats as well, controlled from inside the fold-down center armrest. Also, a feature of the Signature trim is the real wood dash inlay and ambient cabin lighting. The seats in the CX-5 are very comfortable with just the right combination of support and cushion. They would be most welcome companions on a long road trip. The rear seats are fairly flat and do not offer a lot of legroom.  There is no adjustment fore and aft.  Wind and tire noise has been kept to a minimum.
      There are 4 USB ports, two in the up front armrest and two in the rear armrest. Only one of them allows a connection to the infotainment system.  Oddly, the USB ports don’t seem to put out much juice as my phones were very slow to charge from them.
      The infotainment system is another area similar to BMW.  The unit is controlled by a large dial in the center console or touch screen controls. I found the touch aspect to be laggy and a long reach, so I found myself using the dial. Using the dial to navigate is simple enough, but the menus and layout of the screen could probably use a re-think.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both here, for some reason only Apple CarPlay can be activated by touch. Operating either system is frustrating with the dial however, this is especially true for Android Auto which I found frustrating to use without touch screen functionality. At least, unlike BMW, Mazda doesn’t charge you an extra subscription fee to use them. Sound from the Bose speakers was clear, but not especially great.
      There was a time when people mostly bought crossovers for the utility of hauling lots of bulky stuff home from the store, however, these days are different. Now, crossovers are a fashion statement.  Still, the CX-5 has 59.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and 30.9 cubic feet with the seats up.  That is at the high end of mid-pack in the segment with the Honda CR-V being the leader, while the Toyota RAV-4, Chevy Equinox, and Ford Escape all have less. 
      Do you need a safe space? This may be it.
      The Mazda CX-5 Signature comes with a whole host of safety equipment and the center of it all is the heads-up display that keeps the driver informed.  Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, and Radar Cruise Control, all have status lights in the heads-up display.  I found the blind spot monitoring system to be especially helpful when I was backing out onto a busy street with limited visibility.  Radar Cruise control is one of my favorite systems of all and I feel it should be standard equipment on all cars. The CX-5 can even read speed limit and stop signs as you approach, changing and updating the local regulations in the heads up display.
      The Signature also comes with active headlights that turn when you turn to help see around corners. They helped me spot a deer on the side of the road I normally would not have seen.
      The Verdict
      The CX-5 Signature is the top of the CX-5 line, so naturally, the price is reflected in that. With an MSRP of $36,890 before any options, the CX-5 may seem pricey, but it comes with everything you could possibly want.  However, when you compare it to other small crossovers with similar equipment it actually ends up comparing favorably to others in its class. I priced out Jeep Cherokee Overland with the 2.0T and technology group and the MSRP is $41,685. A GMC Terrain Denali with all the same option boxes checked? $41,430.  A Honda CR-V can’t even be equipped like the CX-5 because there is no up-level engine option, yet it still rings up to $38,147.
      Overall, Mazda has produced a handsome, sporty, fun to drive crossover with enough utility to remain competitive. They’ve loaded it with safety equipment and kept the price in check. It is definitely worth a look.
       

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature
      Mazda is on a mission lately to make their products feel more premium. They have been tuning their vehicles to be quieter and more refined in order to give them an air that they are above their class. This second generation of the Mazda CX-5 debuted for the 2017 model year with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft of torque.  For 2019, Mazda added the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the CX-9. On regular gas, the engine produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft of torque, but if you fill it up with 93 octane, the horsepower figure bumps up to 250.  Available only on the Grand Touring and Signature trims, the 2.5-T makes the CX-5 the compact crossover with the most available torque.  Mazda sent a CX-5 Signature for me to try for a week to see what I thought.
      There’s no replacement for displacement… maybe
      The biggest CX-5 news for 2019 is the engine options. There is the 2.5-T mentioned above and a 2.2-liter turbo diesel. Both are exciting entries into a relatively conservative segment.  The 2.5-T is the second-largest displacement engine available in the segment, behind the 3.2 liter V6 in the Jeep Cherokee.  This 4-cylinder puts out quite a bit more torque than the bigger V6, though the Jeep produces more horsepower (271 @ 6,500 rpm). Even among 4-cylinders, this is the largest displacement you can get, but none of those others offering 2.5 liters also offers a turbocharger. This engine is rated by the EPA to get 22 city / 27 highway.  I got about 24 mpg in mostly city driving. Zero to 60 is a claimed 6.2 seconds.
      Under normal driving, the engine is quiet and composed, with torque coming on quickly when called for. When the pedal is mashed at speed, the CX-5 leaps forward with minimal turbo lag and gives off a strong growl from under the hood. The only time you can really feel any lag in the turbo is if you are starting from a dead stop. Overall, you never feel without power at the tip of your toes and the sounds, and lack of sounds, from the engine room is quiet and refined.
      One area the CX-5 falls behind on is in the transmission department. Although the transmission offers smooth shift and is willing to downshift when called upon, a 6-speed automatic almost feels anachronistic in a time when all of its direct competition is sporting 8 or 9 speeds. I never thought there would come a day when 6-forward gears aren’t enough, but here we are. Adding 2 or 3 more gears to the CX-5 would further liven up the already sporty crossover and help keep the turbocharged engine firmly in the good places of its torque band.
      Ride: Al dente – Firm but tender
      If there is a brand that Mazda is looking to emulate here by being premium without the premium badge, it would likely be BMW.  The ride is firm, but not so harsh as to spill your latte. Steering is on the heavy side with precise control and great on-center feel.  Body roll is minimal. Pushing the CX-5 into corners is fun and the standard G-Vectoring Control Plus makes sure you stay planted where you intended to be.  The i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive mostly runs in front-wheel-drive mode until microscopic amounts of wheel slip are detected and then some torque is instantly transferred to the rear wheels.  Mazda programs the AWD system to always have at least a little bit of torque going to the rear in order for the transfer of torque to happen faster. 
      It’s what’s inside that matter most
      Inside the CX-5, the premium story continues. There is a distinct lack of cheap plastic even in places where they could probably get away with it. The dash and door panels are made of soft-touch material and there is a tasteful amount of chrome trim. Though the seats look black in pictures, they are actually a very dark brown that Mazda calls Caturra Brown Nappa leather. This leather is a feature of the Signature trim level and they are both heated and ventilated.  Rear passengers get heated outboard seats as well, controlled from inside the fold-down center armrest. Also, a feature of the Signature trim is the real wood dash inlay and ambient cabin lighting. The seats in the CX-5 are very comfortable with just the right combination of support and cushion. They would be most welcome companions on a long road trip. The rear seats are fairly flat and do not offer a lot of legroom.  There is no adjustment fore and aft.  Wind and tire noise has been kept to a minimum.
      There are 4 USB ports, two in the up front armrest and two in the rear armrest. Only one of them allows a connection to the infotainment system.  Oddly, the USB ports don’t seem to put out much juice as my phones were very slow to charge from them.
      The infotainment system is another area similar to BMW.  The unit is controlled by a large dial in the center console or touch screen controls. I found the touch aspect to be laggy and a long reach, so I found myself using the dial. Using the dial to navigate is simple enough, but the menus and layout of the screen could probably use a re-think.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both here, for some reason only Apple CarPlay can be activated by touch. Operating either system is frustrating with the dial however, this is especially true for Android Auto which I found frustrating to use without touch screen functionality. At least, unlike BMW, Mazda doesn’t charge you an extra subscription fee to use them. Sound from the Bose speakers was clear, but not especially great.
      There was a time when people mostly bought crossovers for the utility of hauling lots of bulky stuff home from the store, however, these days are different. Now, crossovers are a fashion statement.  Still, the CX-5 has 59.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and 30.9 cubic feet with the seats up.  That is at the high end of mid-pack in the segment with the Honda CR-V being the leader, while the Toyota RAV-4, Chevy Equinox, and Ford Escape all have less. 
      Do you need a safe space? This may be it.
      The Mazda CX-5 Signature comes with a whole host of safety equipment and the center of it all is the heads-up display that keeps the driver informed.  Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, and Radar Cruise Control, all have status lights in the heads-up display.  I found the blind spot monitoring system to be especially helpful when I was backing out onto a busy street with limited visibility.  Radar Cruise control is one of my favorite systems of all and I feel it should be standard equipment on all cars. The CX-5 can even read speed limit and stop signs as you approach, changing and updating the local regulations in the heads up display.
      The Signature also comes with active headlights that turn when you turn to help see around corners. They helped me spot a deer on the side of the road I normally would not have seen.
      The Verdict
      The CX-5 Signature is the top of the CX-5 line, so naturally, the price is reflected in that. With an MSRP of $36,890 before any options, the CX-5 may seem pricey, but it comes with everything you could possibly want.  However, when you compare it to other small crossovers with similar equipment it actually ends up comparing favorably to others in its class. I priced out Jeep Cherokee Overland with the 2.0T and technology group and the MSRP is $41,685. A GMC Terrain Denali with all the same option boxes checked? $41,430.  A Honda CR-V can’t even be equipped like the CX-5 because there is no up-level engine option, yet it still rings up to $38,147.
      Overall, Mazda has produced a handsome, sporty, fun to drive crossover with enough utility to remain competitive. They’ve loaded it with safety equipment and kept the price in check. It is definitely worth a look.
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Cadillac released the pricing for the upcoming CT4 sedan for 2020. Ringing up at $33,990 for the base 2.0T RWD model with an 8-speed automatic, the CT4 undercuts the price of the outgoing ATS by a few grand.  This makes the CT4 roughly $7,000 cheaper than the same size 3-series or C-Class sedan or just $1k more expensive than a smaller A-Class Sedan.  Adding AWD will add about $2,500 to the price.  Buyers who want a bit more can opt for the Premium Luxury package with the 2.7-liter Turbo-4 making 309 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft of torque and a 10-speed automatic, brings the price to $38,490, adding AWD to that costs $3,200. 
      If you're most interested in the V model with more power, 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque, that will cost you $45,490. That gets you a RWD model with Brembo front brakes, a rear limited slip differential. Adding AWD to the V-series brings the price to $46,590.
      The CT4 goes on sale early next year. 
       

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Cadillac released the pricing for the upcoming CT4 sedan for 2020. Ringing up at $33,990 for the base 2.0T RWD model with an 8-speed automatic, the CT4 undercuts the price of the outgoing ATS by a few grand.  This makes the CT4 roughly $7,000 cheaper than the same size 3-series or C-Class sedan or just $1k more expensive than a smaller A-Class Sedan.  Adding AWD will add about $2,500 to the price.  Buyers who want a bit more can opt for the Premium Luxury package with the 2.7-liter Turbo-4 making 309 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft of torque and a 10-speed automatic, brings the price to $38,490, adding AWD to that costs $3,200. 
      If you're most interested in the V model with more power, 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque, that will cost you $45,490. That gets you a RWD model with Brembo front brakes, a rear limited slip differential. Adding AWD to the V-series brings the price to $46,590.
      The CT4 goes on sale early next year. 
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      QUARTER 3 (CALENDAR YEAR-TO-DATE) JANUARY - SEPTEMBER   2019 2018 %Change Volume   2019 2018 %Change Volume   Cascada 400 1,101 -63.7   2,458 3,393 -27.6   Enclave 13,274 12,807 3.6   41,013 35,227 16.4   Encore 25,008 21,112 18.5   73,905 69,747 6.0   Envision 8,088 5,803 39.4   24,849 22,617 9.9   LaCrosse 1,389 2,290 -39.3   6,778 13,409 -49.5   Regal 2,456 2,793 -12.1   8,849 11,008 -19.6   Buick Total 50,615 45,911 10.2   157,855 155,606 1.4   ATS 158 2,281 -93.1   1,051 10,028 -89.5   CT6 1,625 2,376 -31.6   5,675 7,270 -21.9   CTS 1,128 3,695 -69.5   5,999 8,777 -31.7   Escalade 10,284 9,533 7.9   26,535 27,299 -2.8   XT4 8,986 212 ***.*   23,092 212 ***.*   XT5 12,315 15,093 -18.4   38,711 46,983 -17.6   XT6 4,316 0 ***.*   4,390 0 ***.*   XTS 1,149 4,101 -72.0   10,242 12,664 -19.1   Cadillac Total 39,961 37,291 7.2   115,695 113,240 2.2   Blazer 20,312 0 ***.*   35,107 0 ***.*   Bolt EV 4,830 3,949 22.3   13,111 11,807 11.0   Camaro 12,275 14,448 -15.0   36,791 39,828 -7.6   Colorado 31,657 34,963 -9.5   96,820 104,838 -7.6   Corvette 4,766 4,639 2.7   14,497 14,881 -2.6   Cruze 5,799 31,971 -81.9   45,276 109,662 -58.7   Equinox 79,799 78,014 2.3   253,956 234,379 8.4   Express 22,062 17,509 26.0   60,805 58,696 3.6   Impala 9,638 16,290 -40.8   35,433 43,952 -19.4   LCF 1,358 584 132.5   3,222 1,870 72.3   Malibu 32,432 31,041 4.5   97,603 107,458 -9.2   Silverado HD 34,212 31,939 7.1   95,249 108,410 -12.1   Silverado LD 119,641 101,390 18.0   314,067 315,993 -0.6   Silverado MD 1,629 0 ***.*   2,943 0 ***.*   Sonic 2,148 7,283 -70.5   10,632 17,848 -40.4   Spark 6,616 7,029 -5.9   20,265 18,428 10.0   Suburban 12,391 15,572 -20.4   41,686 45,433 -8.2   Tahoe 26,308 28,951 -9.1   80,103 79,474 0.8   Traverse 41,116 32,908 24.9   113,491 106,998 6.1   Trax 37,407 20,549 82.0   83,777 67,538 24.0   Volt 874 5,429 -83.9   4,540 13,243 -65.7   Chevrolet Total 507,273 485,019 4.6   1,459,521 1,504,038 -3.0   Acadia 20,338 13,485 50.8   79,958 63,493 25.9   Canyon 7,437 8,425 -11.7   26,300 25,273 4.1   Savana 5,021 4,815 4.3   21,090 16,779 25.7   Sierra HD 18,455 16,817 9.7   41,643 43,839 -5.0   Sierra LD 47,743 34,551 38.2   121,958 108,403 12.5   Terrain 23,058 27,428 -15.9   73,410 82,719 -11.3   Yukon 18,737 20,896 -10.3   53,707 55,418 -3.1   GMC Total 140,789 126,417 11.4   418,066 395,924 5.6   GM Vehicle Total* 738,638 694,638 6.3   2,151,137 2,168,808 -0.8                     76 selling days for the third quarter this year and 76 for same quarter last year.    
  • Posts

  • Social Stream

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Anthony Fongaro
      Anthony Fongaro
      (30 years old)
    2. ToniCipriani
      ToniCipriani
      (34 years old)
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • My Clubs

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...