The 2019 Cadillac XT4, will debut sometime this year, and the spy photos keep rolling in. New shots show the compact luxury crossover testing somewhere in Europe. It will be the first Cadillac that brand president Johan de Nysschen is said to have overseen from the beginning stages of development.
What’s notable about the new shots is the front end. We see less camouflage than before, and it also gives us a pretty good look at the XT4’s light fixtures and grille. The grille, in particular, looks very Escala-like without the horizontal bars present on the Cadillac CT6 or XT5, for example. It’s further proof the 2019 XT4 will likely be the first Cadillac to adopt the brand’s new design language, which ditches a lot of vertical lighting elements for horizontal shapes at the front.
The report claimed the XT4 will boast a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an eight- or nine-speed automatic. Do expect a plug-in hybrid option as well.
The XT4 is an important vehicle for the Cadillac brand. U.S. sales have dropped significantly and dealers continue to clamor for new product, as buyers shy away from sedans. It will also do battle in the hotly contested, and booming, luxury compact crossover space. We don’t have a set date for the new crossover, but the 2018 New York Auto Show doesn’t seem like a poor guess, or even next week in Detroit.
Spy shots: Kelley Blue Book