For luxury compact SUVs, the iron’s been hot for some time now, and Cadillac is finally striking it with the XT4, a new model that slots below the XT5 to make Cadillac’s third SUV.
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The first thing you notice about the XT4 is actually just how small it is. It’s only about 181 inches long and 74 inches wide, according to preliminary specs. That’s a little shy of leading compact competitors, and you see that in the tidiness of the profile: The rear axle is extremely close to the rear of the car overall, and there are very short overhangs both in front and back.
At the front are some familiar cues for Cadillac with the “diving” LED lights that also branch out toward the grille. The XT4 has the brand’s traditional grille shape, but the look shares more in common with the V-Sport line of sporty Cadillacs than the traditional chrome look. (That may also be specific to this particular version of the XT4 at the auto show.)
Inside, the big news is the revamped Cadillac User Experience multimedia system, which replaces the mess of touch-sensitive buttons along the center of the dashboard with real buttons and knobs as well as a touchscreen.
For the rest of my impressions, check out the video below. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 can be preordered by the end of this month, and the XT4 goes on sale later in the year. Pricing starts at slightly less than $36,000, including a destination charge. That price should buy Cadillac a seat at the table — and it’s a very popular table, indeed.
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