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    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

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    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.)



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    13 hours ago, William Maley said:
    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.

     

    Something with these figures don't add up, how can it be that long and have so little space?  It is the same length as a RAV4 but wider.... The Rav4 has nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up.  Is the rear seat cavernous?!

     

     

     

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    14 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    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.

    Yeah, sounds like the interior volume maximizes passenger space over cargo space.   From the photos, it looks like there is a lot of rear legroom. 

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    Same length Rav4 with 39 cubic feet of cargo space for space comparison..  No shortage of legroom here either..

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    20 minutes ago, frogger said:

    Something with these figures don't add up, how can it be that long and have so little space?  It is the same length as a RAV4 but wider.... The Rav4 has nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up.  Is the rear seat cavernous?!

     

     

     

    Right???? Seems a little odd. 

    1 minute ago, frogger said:

    Same length Rav4 with 39 cubic feet of cargo space for space comparison..  No shortage of legroom here either..

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    I mean I can visually see a little difference in rear seat leg room(assuming both front seats have the same space as well). 

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    I haven't seen any photos of the XT4 cargo area inside, but looking at the exterior pics there is very little bodywork behind the rear door and rear axle..not much overhang...so the inside area behind the rear seat is pretty small I would surmise...

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    I like the styling.

    The interior is a very clean design, which is great.  Tone down the extreme glossy shine of some of the interior bits and Caddy would have something.  It is probably the primary thing about Caddy these days which spoil their interiors the most.

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    I think it will sell average, maybe better than an MKC since it is newer but not better than an NX or RDX that have that Honda/Toyota loyalty built in.  Being a small crossover and the price point will get it sales but I don’t think anything has  enough wow factor to really light up a sales chart.

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    Yeah I'm glad to see less gloss black, I would like to see a lot more contrasting material though.. In the seats, in the big piece that surrounds the ICE screen..

     

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    2 hours ago, frogger said:

    Something with these figures don't add up, how can it be that long and have so little space?  It is the same length as a RAV4 but wider.... The Rav4 has nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up.  Is the rear seat cavernous?!

     

     

     

    How can the CTS be 196 inches long and have a small back seat?  ATS is cramped inside, SRX was criticized for being small inside, despite being the size of a BMW X5 on the outside.  It seems to be a common theme of not maximizing interior space.

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    Some more picks at the Reveal that confirms that I like the new Dash and you can see one of the two tone interiors. Looks like the Black with Bone white.

    https://www.gettyimages.com/event/cadillac-xt4-reveal-ahead-of-the-2018-new-york-international-auto-show-775147374#the-general-motors-co-cadillac-xt4-sports-utility-vehicle-is-unveiled-picture-id938948406

    Pre-order PDF file can be grabbed here. If someone can do it and post it that would be great, my work is blocking it.

    http://cadillacsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2019-Cadillac-XT4-Order-Guide-Revised-March-24-2018.pdf

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    44 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    How can the CTS be 196 inches long and have a small back seat?  ATS is cramped inside, SRX was criticized for being small inside, despite being the size of a BMW X5 on the outside.  It seems to be a common theme of not maximizing interior space.

    There is no correlation between body length and cabin size. 

    9 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Some more picks at the Reveal that confirms that I like the new Dash and you can see one of the two tone interiors. Looks like the Black with Bone white.

    https://www.gettyimages.com/event/cadillac-xt4-reveal-ahead-of-the-2018-new-york-international-auto-show-775147374#the-general-motors-co-cadillac-xt4-sports-utility-vehicle-is-unveiled-picture-id938948406

    Pre-order PDF file can be grabbed here. If someone can do it and post it that would be great, my work is blocking it.

    http://cadillacsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2019-Cadillac-XT4-Order-Guide-Revised-March-24-2018.pdf

    PDF attached.

    2019-Cadillac-XT4-Order-Guide-Revised-March-24-2018.pdf

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    @Cubical-aka-Moltar Thank you for posting the PDF file. Now I can review it.

    Interesting that they have a Cadillac Connected Access 10yrs on the auto.

    Luxury, Premium and Sport are the 3 levels in this CUV.

    Plenty of USB and 12 volt outlets around the auto. That is good.

    3 different Fascia inserts depending on the model level.

    Manual rake and Telescoping Steering Column on Luxury line, Upgradable on the Premium and Sport level to a power system as part of the Tech Package. This should just be there standard from day one on a luxury level auto.

    Seems Luxury level is awfully manual for a Luxury line auto.

    Seems everyone is putting in Massage seats. Wonder how long it will last before breaking?

    Packages I would want:

    • Cold Weather Package
    • Comfort and Convenience Package
    • Technology Package
    • Cadillac user experience with Nav system for better stereo as well as Apple and Android play
    • Driver awareness package
    • Driver assist package
    • Enhanced Visibility Package
    • Active Sport Chassis
    • Trailering Provision

    Interior Seat package options are as follows:

    • Jet Black
    • Jet Black with Cinnamon Accents
    • Jet Black / Platinum
    • Light Wheat / Jet Black with Red accents
    • Sedona / Jet Black.

    Exterior Colors:

    • Crystal White Tricoat
    • Atlantic Metallic
    • Radiant Silver Metallic
    • Stellar Black Metallic
    • Shadow Metallic
    • Autumn Metallic
    • Red Horizon Tricoat

    Interesting mix of colors with trim:

    1. With Aluminum metallized trim.
    2. With Diamond Cut genuine aluminum trim.
    3. With Linear Galaxy high-gloss genuine wood trim.
    4. Requires (WPC) Comfort and Convenience Package.
    5. With Fineline Calico high-gloss genuine wood trim.
    6. With Twenty Two high-gloss genuine Carbon Fiber trim.
    7. With Morello Red high-gloss genuine Carbon Fiber trim.
    8. With Morello Red high-gloss genuine Carbon Fiber trim. Includes Jet Black accent inserts in seatback.
    9. Available at extra charge. This applies to all paints except the Radiant Silver Metallic. Interesting

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    Front 3/4 view is a knockout. Really digging the interior- clean, simple, upscale looking. And addressing CUE's shortcomings. Not a huge fan of the back, but it's not bad. In all, a quite solid effort here. 

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    Overall it looks quite nice.  I like the exterior look a lot, even the tail lights.  The interior looks simple but elegant, though I am not digging the all black with dark trim.  I saw the other pictures with the lighter lower color and that was much better but both of them had dark wood trim.  I hope they have a lighter color wood trim available.  It would brighten up the interior a bit.

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    yeah this interior isn't really moving me much. I like the package, just the front cladding and big vent opening seem a bit odd. Otherwise I think the front 3/4 is sharp, and the lighting is great.

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    What is that new Volvo small crossover? Xc40?  I sat in that at the auto show and thought it was the schizzle. And shocking people room and space. The new e pace was cool too. I sure hope caddy xt4 doesn't come off as small and Chevy cheap in comparison. 

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    3 hours ago, NINETY EIGHT REGENCY said:

     

    God he annoys me so much.  Nothing about his reports... its the way he acts at the show. He has no problem pushing people out of the way or walking right in front of you when you're taking your shots.  Even for such a short clip as this, it takes him for. freaking. ever. to get all his takes in.... If I see him working at a car I immediately turn around and leave because he's probably shooting a Time-Life mini-series.

    10 hours ago, frogger said:

    Something with these figures don't add up, how can it be that long and have so little space?  It is the same length as a RAV4 but wider.... The Rav4 has nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up.  Is the rear seat cavernous?!

     

     

     

    It's got something to do with height.  The RAV4 is a much taller vehicle. The XT4 is not only shorter over all, but seems to sit much lower to the ground.... much more "tall hatchback" than crossover.   I already hear @dfelt complaining about the headroom... anyone taller than my 5'10" height is not going to like the back seats. The cargo room of the XT4 feels roughly the same size as my Encore.

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    12 hours 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.

    Hey Drewbert.  Yes I know the XTWhatever and the Aviator are not direct competitors, I was putting them together in the context of their auto show debuts... I know if I were at that show I would need a drool bucket and someone to lean on while staring at the Aviator.  The XTWhatever, not so much.

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    I usually go all-out on sporty trim levels, but on this, I prefer the bling version.  It lends a tiny bit of Cadillacness to this thing.

     

    Not enough exterior color choices to suit me.  Back seat leg room looks fantastic though.  Usually on a small crossover like this, the rear seat headrest hits the front seatback when you fold it.

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    The XT4 has Pontiac Montana level plastic body cladding on it, I don't know what GM's obsession with this stuff is.

    Someone asked before why did they detune the engine to 237 hp.  My thoughts are that in a year or 2 we'll see a 265 hp turbo 4 on the Platinum models, as a way to persuade you to spend more money to get the extra 28 hp that should have been there in the first place.

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    My first impression is that the front-end looks like they used the Chevrolet design team.  Nothing wrong with that but on a Cadillac, it leaves me wondering why I should spend the extra money.  I despise the black trim around the wheal arches and on the lower panel.  That cheapens it.

    In general, I was really hoping for something more sporty and expensive looking.

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    On 3/28/2018 at 10:22 PM, smk4565 said:

    The XT4 has Pontiac Montana level plastic body cladding on it, I don't know what GM's obsession with this stuff is.

    Someone asked before why did they detune the engine to 237 hp.  My thoughts are that in a year or 2 we'll see a 265 hp turbo 4 on the Platinum models, as a way to persuade you to spend more money to get the extra 28 hp that should have been there in the first place.

    This 2.0T is all new and for now is a Cadillac exclusive.  More details will be released on it later, but I have an in with Cadillac and plan on getting the information ahead of time so I can release as soon as embargo is lifted.  What he did tell me is that the engine is tuned heavily towards favoring low end torque (258lb-ft at 1500rpm!!) and they plan on making full use of the 9-speed gearbox.  It should feel plenty fast.  Just like my Encore has a rather pathetic 138 lb-ft but with very low gearing in first and second, it feels just as peppy in suburban driving as cars with 160 - 180 lb-ft.  An additional 120 lb-ft and 3 additional gears with only marginally more weight... it'll be fine.

    Plastic Cladding.... only acceptable on European cars I guess. Look at all this plasticy plastic plastic.

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    It's encouraging that GM has developed a new motor here but the power specs are not as encouraging. If the torque band is lower and more punchy then I hope that bears it out. They could be releasing the all new engine in lower tune to make sure it doesn't self destruct, or it's the guinea pig for real world durability testing before it gets rolled out to other models within GM. The mpg doesn't look like it benefits from the detuning so we will just have to see what the deal is when the vehicle actually hits the street. Usually new motors match their old specs and even can improve on mpg and reliability without any detuning. 

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