Perhaps the upcoming Cadillac XT4 won’t be first model to wear the brand’s new design language inspired by the Escala concept after all, as recent spy shots seem to show a very familiar front face akin to the current XT5 crossover.
However, the rear almost certainly wears Escalade-like taillights that flow from the top of the roof downward. The light fixtures then veer inward similar to the XTS sedan‘s refreshed units. Up front is where we have a hard to judge if the lights are vertical, like the XT5, or horizontal, as previewed by Escala concept. Whatever the case, the XT4 does look pretty similar in shape to the XT5 overall.
We still don’t have many details on the car otherwise. Power will likely come from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive standard, or optional all-wheel drive. The car will ride likely ride on General Motors’ E2 platform, which also underpins the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Regal, notably.
With less cladding and camouflage, a reveal may come sooner rather than later, but we don’t expect the new crossover to show up in Detroit next month. The 2018 New York Auto Show seems like a better bet, seeing as it’s Cadillac’s new hometown. Whenever it is revealed, we expect the new compact CUV to show up for the 2019 model year as the 2019 Cadillac XT4 and go up against the Lexus NX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Audi Q5, and Acura RDX, among others.