We’ve seen various spy shots of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 undergoing testing, but we’ve never seen its cabin… until now. Our spy shooters have captured the center stack of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 interior as the vehicle appears to have been undergoing final stages of validation testing. The most notable elements of the cabin is a new steering wheel, an all-new center stack design, and the addition of tactile buttons and knobs in place of capacitive touch controls – elements that are completely new in modern Cadillacs.
The steering wheel appears to be completely redesigned, with new ergonomic cutouts at the “10” and “2” positions. The horizontal spokes and the vehicle and media controls on them also appear to be all-new for a Cadillac model.
The most notable element of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 interior appears to be an all-new center stack that bears no resemblance to previous Cadillac models. At the top of the dash resides a large display that looks to be similar or the same as the 10.2-inch unit as in the Chevy Bolt EV. What’s not clear is whether it’s a touch screen, or not (more on that below).
Just below the screen are two rows or tactile controls. That’s right – the capacitive touch buttons hated by so many for being unintuitive to use during driving are gone, and actual buttons are in their place. The buttons are laid out in such a way that makes it very easy and simple to understand their function. Even better, the buttons also appear to have a high-quality tactile feel to them, at least based on what we see from the photos.
Due to the camouflage covering the interior, it’s not exactly clear where the A/C vents are located: they could be above the screen, or below the second row of buttons.
Below the center stack lies an all-new center console of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 interior, complete with a new digital shifter that’s similar to the Electronic Precision Shift joystick used in the Cadillac XT5 and Buick LaCrosse. But the more important elements are located right behind the new shifter: they are a volume knob and what appears to be a circular control for items on the screen in the center stack.
The latter two changes represent substantial departures from current Cadillac models, which feature a horizontal capacitive touch slider for the volume controls while relying on inputs to the touch screen for the infotainment system, a user experience that has often been criticized for being too distracting to use while driving. Luckily, it appears Cadillac has listened to customer feedback and has completely redesigned the human machine interaction (HMI) and experience for the infotainment system.
About Cadillac XT4
As rival luxury brands have introduced a barrage of crossover utility vehicles to complement their sedan offerings, GM’s Cadillac luxury brand has been severely in the department. To that end, the compact Cadillac XT4 will slot below the midsize Cadillac XT5 and represent Cadillac’s second crossover utility vehicle to take on the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Audi Q5 a from a size standpoint, while being priced starting in the low $30,000 range, in the vicinity of the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q3.
The new crossover will ride on the GM E2 platform shared with the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Regal/Opel-Vauxhall Insignia. It will likely be powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder engine making in the vicinity of 250 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid variant is expected. The XT4 will be produced for North America at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas alongside the current Chevrolet Malibu. In fact, the factory has already commenced production prep of the XT4. A Shanghai-GM plant in China will produce the vehicle for that market.
Look for the XT4 to be revealed in April at the New York International Auto Show alongside the refreshed 2019 Cadillac CT6. It will be the first Cadillac product to be completely developed under the leadership of Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.