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2019 Cadillac XT4 showroom impression


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Cadillac dealer had a couple new XT4's!  Couldn't drive, and the particular ones they had were more pricey.  But I sat in the one and got some pics.

I like that it has back some of the Art and Science Edginess and more youthful swagger to it.

The cabin in the front row is a very nice width for a compact, the seats way very comfy, and the ergonomics of the screen, wheel, shifter, and especially the selector wheel for the screen were very well thought out.

Rear leg room depends on how the front seat is set.  For a 'compact' its adequate space.  But the rear row has a short seat back, and if the front seat is back far, then leg room for taller folks is tight.  Rear backrest i don't think reclines either.  Overall i would say for driver and passenger there is not really space issues.

Cargo hold is small, but your impression of the size of the cargo area is consistent with the published cargo area numbers.

This is a nice size vehicle for a single person, empty nester, urbanites, people who don't need or want too huge a vehicle to park.  I anticipate it will be a nice drive.

Looking in and out the vehicle seems pretty nice.

Kinda seems to make the XT5 feel moldy and crusty.

 

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6 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Hmmm... I took a sip of the Kool-Aid when the rear seat legroom CGI was shown and we sawr the published measurements.  In realtime photos it looks rather tiny back there.  Also the interior... BLACK MUCH?

At least other interior colors are fairly available   The sense of black wasn’t overly overwhelming   So many cars are all black inside these days (that was why I was so glad to take another regal sportback test drive with the tan interior yesterday!)  the black inside the XT4 is more like a ‘really dark gray’  

the rear seat with the front in ghetto style for large me, was tight in the back. When I readjusted the front seat for a normal person or a chica I had pretty good knee clearance for fat ass me. 

Its larger than an encore in the back. Larger than an ATS.  Maybe even comparable to the CTS.  Tighter for leg room and a more upright backrest than a Terrain. Width wise I think it feels wider than an Equinox. I think the CGI’s and legroom numbers may be a bit misleading. It’s probably more comfy than an Escape in the back. Not sure about how it compares to say, a Jeep Compass. 

This would be a cool ocnblu ride though. Lots of swagger. 

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Can’t overstate the great ergonomics of the wheel, gauges, screen and shifter etc. the rotary switch for cue falls right to hand and makes screen selections easy Peazy. Screen operates lightning fast.  Particularly when using the rotary wheel. GM is definitely on to something with dropping the gauges and screen lower and tilted a bit towards horizontal. And closer to the driver. 

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Stopped in to the local Cadillac dealer today.  Sad sight, if only for the fact the lot is so yuge and their inventory seems paltry in comparison.  No XT4s on the lot.  Plenty of XT5s though, and up close they are really nice vehicles.  The CT6 is an imposing dreadnought as it should be.  They had a blue ATS-V coupe with a million dollar discount tag hanging from the inside meer.  Still can't afford it.

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5 hours ago, riviera74 said:

Only 2Q:  how many will sell and will it outsell the XT5 (this year)?

I seriously don;t understand what U are saying. We are in Q4... are U suggesting that the XT4 will sell more than the XT5 in a matter of 2 months? Either way.,.. I'd expect that its numbers would run similar by proportion to the RDX vs MDX or GLC vs GLE

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What if that high output 4 is the 2.7L Turbo with 310hp/350lb of trque? Personally I think that's enough.. especially if the goal is to contend with the Germans.. including the Macan. Even better would be what I've read to be a possibility.. an EV coupled to that engine or 2.0L. Instant torque. 

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1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

A turbo 4 would be sufficient, I think...these aren't vehicles for enthusiasts, just lease appliances. 

Well.. I can tell U that after having an XT5 for 2 days last week it runs very well with the 310HP 3.6L, but.. had it been packing the 3.0L TT or 3.6L TT I would have been all grins. That being said.. if the XT4 has the 4 Turbo in it.. I would like it to be the 2.7L or an EV coupled 2.0L. If Cadillac does see it as cool.. and goes with a TT V6.. who's gonna be upset? My issue with Cadillac in general is that the only REAL all encompassing engine line up resides in the CTS and now CT6.. the rest of the line up is simply incomplete. Think about it... 

CT6 has 2.0L 270HP; 3.6L 335hp; 3.60LTT 404hp; 4.2LTT 550HP; Hybrid that is a PERFECT engine line-up..

CTS has 2.0L 270HP; 3.6L 335hp; 3.6LTT 420hp; 6.2LSC 640hp.. that is a PERFECT engine line-up.. only missing the hybrid or EV

ATS had a nice line up.. with exception to the buyer not being able to opt for a LT1 V8 instead of the LF4 TTV6. 

Why can't these be the choices avail for all of their vehicles. Even the Escalade in some capacity, not necessarily these particular engines?

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19 hours ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

I seriously don;t understand what U are saying. We are in Q4... are U suggesting that the XT4 will sell more than the XT5 in a matter of 2 months? Either way.,.. I'd expect that its numbers would run similar by proportion to the RDX vs MDX or GLC vs GLE

Q1: How many XT4s will sell this model year?

Q2: Will it outsell the XT5 this model year?

 

btw: how well is the GLC selling compared to the GLE as of now?

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10 hours ago, ocnblu said:

?  The 2.7t is a truck engine, longitudinally oriented.  Do you think they'll spend the money necessary to turn it sideways and tune it for a Cadillac CUV?  :huh:

Yes... the goal for all of GM is to consolidate platforms as well as powertrains to work thru out. With Cadillac the profit is there to justify the cost

 

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