Cadillac XT4 Inches Closer To Production As The First Test Vehicles Roll Off The Assembly Line

The compact crossover segment is booming and luxury automakers have been enjoying strong sales of models such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC. Cadillac is notably absent from that list but that’s about to change as the company is putting the finishing touches on the all-new XT4.

Designed to slot beneath the larger XT5, the XT4 will become Cadillac’s entry-level crossover when it is launched later this year. The company has been coy on specifics but Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen used to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to announce the model will be offered with an “entirely new series of efficient and powerful engines.”

There’s no word on specifics but the model is expected to be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel drive system. Spy photographers have also snapped photos of a plug-in hybrid variant which should appeal to eco-conscious buyers.

Cadillac hasn’t said much about the model but Bloomberg is reporting the vehicle will be built at the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The publication says the plant has already begun building test versions of the crossover and states the vehicle will use “similar underpinnings” as the Chevrolet Malibu which is also built at the plant.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I would think this is currently the largest SUV segment, the competition is fierce. I am wishing Cadillac all the best with this new launch, and hope its impressive. I am curious to see the results and a review on how they upped their game.

    • bd

      The XT5 should still sell better than the smaller XT4.

      The RX outsells the NX (by a good margin), as does the MKX over the MKC and the MDX over the RDX.


    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Do you say the same about BMW? Pretty simple, XT = crossover. Larger the number, the larger the vehicle. Simples.

      • Bo Hanan

        I double that “YAWN.” And BMW offers a more exciting vehicle than Caddy, without the “yer grandfather’s” Oldsmobile look.

        • Jesse A. C. Majors

          I actually think bmw is loosing its creativity and starting to look Kia like

          • Six Thousand Times

            I don’t think anybody’s “luxury“ CUVs are appealing at all. They’re all the same. Might as well get a Forester or a RAV4 and save your money.

          • Bo Hanan

            The new Toyota Land Cruiser is a badass. Looks similar to the original before it became bloated. I would buy one over a Range Rover.

          • SteersUright

            Not a CUV. The Land Cruiser (which I have always loved) is a proper SUV I believe. In fact I think it may even still be old-school body-on-frame chassis.

          • SteersUright

            In general Im agreed. There are a few notable exceptions in my opinion. As a family mover and still fun to drive CUV, the Macan is pretty amazing given it capabilities. The Stelvia is certainly interesting too. The X3 M should be interesting. The Q5 is quite lovely inside and arguably outside too, and maybe even a decent value in its base model guise. Anything GM, Ford, Korean, and Japanese are all white bread with different wrappers to me.

          • Bo Hanan

            I agree.

          • SteersUright

            BMW loosing their way this past decade? Yes. BMW still better than Cadillac by quite a huge margin? Yes.

  • Too Little, Too Late

    Not gonna save Cadillac. Far too many superior brands and models out there in the world today.

  • Bullitt2605

    That’s the best looking vehicle to come from Cadi in a long time! What? It’s covered with Camo? It still looks better than anything they have designed in a long time.

  • BlackPegasus

    “vehicle will use “similar underpinnings” as the Chevrolet Malibu which is also built at the plant.”


    • Chris Fame

      it might sound bad but at least the malibu is on a newer more modern chassis. Still not our first choice for it to be on but whatever.

    • SteersUright

      Wait what?!!?! Well then, its doomed. Caddy needs bespoke or at least Caddy first and THEN share with the rest of GM. Facts like these won’t do Cadillac any reputational or perception favors.

  • Well Caddy need to expand to offering their car worldwide to survive, they can’t just rely on North America or Middle East sales.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    The portions look good

  • Six Thousand Times

    Too early for Detroit? Probably Chicago.

  • SteersUright

    This new Cadillac SUV needs to be leagues better than ALL of the competition to finally be given a chance. However, my crystal ball says, in typical Cadillac fashion it will be overpriced and half as good. That said, I hope they prove everyone wrong and finally hit one well out of the park. C’mon Cadillac, all enthusiasts have been quietly rooting for you for years. You must finally deliver or fold up and enjoy the legacy of your once glorious past.

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