The 2019 Cadillac XT4 will offer front seats that are both heated and ventilated. As first noted by our sister site, Cadillac Society, recent XT4 interior spy shots features physical or “hard” buttons for both heated and ventilated seat functions.
It’s important to note that the inclusion of buttons for both seat heat and ventilation in a prototype model is by no means a definitive confirmation that the feature will actually be in the production vehicle. In other words, it’s possible that the tester model photographed could include features and equipment that might not make it to production.
However, if the 2019 Cadillac XT4 does end up offering heated and ventilated front seats, it would be a notable departure from Cadillac’s status quo, which has traditionally only offered heated but not ventilated seats on entry-level models. For instance, the Cadillac ATS offered heated seats but not ventilated units, regardless of model or trim level.
Notably, most compact luxury crossovers such as the 2019 Cadillac XT4 offer both heated and ventilated/cooled seats – including the Lincoln MKC, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus NX. As such, offering the heated and ventilated seats is a way for the XT4 to match the other offerings in the segment, rather that being ahead of it.
About 2019 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.
Cadillac partially revealed the XT4 last week during a commercial that aired during the 2018 Oscars ceremony. The ad shows the new crossover from various angles while never completely revealing it. Even so, the model will be completely revealed in April at the New York International Auto Show alongside the refreshed 2019 Cadillac CT6. The XT4 will be the first Cadillac product to be completely developed under the leadership of Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.