Cadillac has taken the wraps off the new Cadillac XT4, a premium compact crossover poised to become it’s bread-and-butter.
The XT4 enters an increasingly crowded segment — fortunately, one that car buyers can’t seem to get enough of — with an design that’s very reminiscent of the larger XT5’s, featuring “simple” lines and angles; blade-shaped, vertical daytime running lights;and unique L-shaped taillights for a more aggressive appeaeance than most of the competition. All models come standard with LED lighting at the front and rear.
Despite competing in the premium compact crossover segment against the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q3, the XT4 is tweener. That is, it is smaller than the aforementioned Germans but too big to be considered a subcompact crossover. Even so, Cadillac says it offers enough room for five occupants and promises segment-leading legroom. There is also up to 48.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded.
The interior is available in seven different “environments” and is jam-packed with technology. Notable features include an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen for the Cadillac CUE infotainment system, wireless charging, several USB ports, and driving aids like surround vision and a rear camera mirror.
Under the hood, the XT4 launches with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. A standard nine-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels, helping deliver an estimate d 30 mpg highway rating in the United States. A twin-clutch all-wheel drive system is optional.
The XT4 is also available with an Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control and is the first Cadillac to get electro-hydraulic braking assist that frees up space under the hood and boosts fuel economy
Sales of the new Cadillac XT4 begin in fall 2018.
Lincoln Navigator Sales Catching Up To Escalade, Cadillac Offers $10k Discount
The growing popularity of the new Lincoln Navigator has Cadillac a little scared. The firm is now offering up to $10,000 to current Escalade lessees to keep them in the Cadillac family.
Having been long dominated by the Escalade, the Navigator is experiencing a resurgence with the fourth-generation model. Sales are up 63 percent so far in 2018 and there is sign of slowing down.
In fact, according to , the average Navigator spends just 10-days on dealer lots before being sold, while the range-topping $100,000 Black Label is gone within 7-days. More importantly, the average transaction price for the new Navigator is nearly equal to the Escalade’s at around $82,500, representing an increase of $25,600 compared to a year ago.
As for the $10,000 discount, which is being offered to lessees of 2016 Escalade models, Cadillac should be able to absorb it considering the firm is estimated to make at least $20,000 on every Escalade it sells, contributing to an impressive $1 billion in annual profits.
The latest (fourth-generation) Cadillac was introduced in 2015 and isn’t expected to receive a ground-up until a few more years. At the current rate of growth, sales of Lincoln’s premium SUV could match or surpass its longtime rival within a year’s time, assuming Lincoln can keep up with production.
Cadillac Plans To Release A New Vehicle Every Six Months By 2022
Basking the auto show buzz surrounding the recently-unveiled Cadillac XT4, Cadillac has announced that it will release a new model every six months by 2022.
The compact premium crossover strikes at the heart of the booming crossover segment, making it a pivotal model for the company. However, the brand’s lineup is still without a large crossover; a proper, fully-flushed halo car; and other key models that its needs to compete against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus and other premium rivals.
In an interview with , Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen stated:
“Since these new technologies are pricey, it really begins to make a lot of common sense, not in all cases, to roll out some of them in Cadillac first. We therefore see it as a great opportunity for Cadillac to take the lead from GM with rolling out these things. Not only for the company and economically commercializing these new technologies, but also for the brand elevation it will give to Cadillac.”
The XT4 will be followed up by a large, seven-seat crossover probably wearing the XT6 or XT7 moniker and expected arrive by late 2018, a replacement for the ATS sedan sometime in 2019, and a new CTS. Once all those vehicles are launched, Cadillac should be in a better position to finally offer a “halo car” that de Nysschen previously hinted won’t be a traditional three-box sedan, but rather a more unconventionally-shaped vehicle.
The halo car is expected to be the production version of the stunning Escala concept (pictured) and won’t arrive until 2021.
Updated, 2019 Cadillac CT6 Gets Escala Styling, V-Sport Treatment
The Cadillac CT6 V-Sport has received an infusion of Escala styling for its 2019 model year, a few notable performance upgrades.
For starters, Cadillac’s flagship sedan has finally received the V-Performance treatment, one centered around a 10-speed automatic transmission and new, grounds-up designed 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces an estimated 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Engineers positioned the turbochargers at the top of the engine in the valley between the heads, a setup that helps reduce turbo lag and the engine’s overall size.
Other performance highlights include sticky summer-only tires, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, revised suspension components, a 19-inch Brembo brake system with fixed calipers, and active exhaust.
Cadillac boass Johan de Nysschen stated:
“With the introduction of the all-new CT6 V-Sport, Cadillac begins a new chapter in its performance legacy with the introduction of the brand’s first-ever twin-turbo V-8 engine. It is the centerpiece of the new CT6 V-Sport, an engaging sport sedan infused with DNA of Cadillac’s world-renowned and championship-winning motorsports program.”
The few aesthetic enhancements go a long way towards making the CT6 look more upscale than before. The front and rear fascias adopt many styling cues from the stunning Escala concept, notably the horizontal elements on the front lights. Other touches on the V-Sport model (pictured) include a V-inspired mesh grille, lower aero components, Gloss Black side window surround trim, and unique 20-inch V-Sport wheels.
According to Cadillac, the new CT6 V-Sport represents the first in a series of new performance vehicles for the brand.