Less than two days ago, we brought you complete details on the features, options, and equipment of the 2019 Cadillac XT4. Now, we’re only hours away from the unveiling of the new crossover, which is as good a time as any to take a closer look the newest vehicle to join the Cadillac lineup.
Sport Trim Level
Based on the XT4 guide, it’s all but confirmed that the XT4 model shown during Cadillac’s 2018 Oscars ad is the new Sport trim level. The XT4 will also be available in Luxury (base) and Premium Luxury (above base) trim levels.
The new approach is part of Cadillac’s new “Y” trim level strategy that will offer Luxury and Sport trims of the same model, each with its own unique accents, design elements, features and characteristics. The trim level structure is first being introduced on the XT4 as well as on the refreshed 2019 CT6.
Cadillac’s Oscars spot shows the XT4 with a black mesh-style grille that the guide officially refers to as a “high-gloss, black mesh with galvano surround”. The black grille, which was first introduced on the Cadillac Escala concept, is standard on XT4 Sport models, while the Luxury and Premium Luxury models will get a bright grille design.
The Escala concept introduced a new set of headlights that have a new horizontal lighting element joining the vertical element, which has been a hallmark of Cadillac design since 2013. The XT4 incorporates these cues with new headlights that have both vertical and horizontal elements. Notably, the updated 2019 Cadillac CT6 features a similar kind of headlights.
Daytime running lights look particularly stunning on the XT4, with a boomerang-like signature that is bound to make other motorists take note that they’re looking at a Cadillac.
The hood of the XT4 has quite a chiseled appearance thanks to a raised center section that is reminiscent of the hood on the Cadillac ATS. The center point of the hood has that “center-line crest” common to current Cadillac models.
Moreover, the cut-line for the hood appears to be several inches higher (stern-side) of the front grille, a characteristic associated with more expensive vehicles that’s also present on the XT5, CT6, and third-gen CTS.
From the side, the XT4 looks compact and sporty. The front end takes on a “flat facia” stylistic. The vertical LED element of the headlamp cluster is clearly visible from the side, as is an amber front indicator light on the front wheel well, the creased chiseled hood, and pedestal-mounted wing mirrors. There are also blacked-out roof rails that are specific to the XT4 in Sport trim (the are finished in brushed aluminum in other models). The “fin” communications antenna is placed just aft of this spoiler, between the longitudinal roof rails.
The monochrome Cadillac crest logo also sits in its usual place on the front fender, just aft of the front door cutline. There’s also a small vanity window ahead of the primary window in the front door, just like in the XT5.
A roof-mounted rear spoiler creates a roof that appears longer, while also enhancing the vehicle’s aerodynamics. That spoiler is also hiding a ceiling-mounted rear window wiper that we noticed several months months ago.
One element that we can’t make out from the commercial is the area around the C-pillar. But based on spy shots, it seems that the XT4 will have no window space over small vanity window over the cargo are. It also looks like the vehicle will also do without a D-pillar, an element that’s become synonymous with prestige compact crossovers.
Like with the headlamps, the vertical portion of the XT4’s taillamps are also clearly visible from the side.
Cadillac’s Oscars featuring the XT4 doesn’t show too much of the XT4’s rear end, but we have enough to make a few observations. What’s crystal clear is that the XT4 will have an all-new taillight design that – much like the model’s headlights – will contain both vertical and horizontal elements.
The vertical portion will run from the top of the roof and transition into a horizontal element around the level of the license plate cutout. The newfound horizontal lighting elements are particularly intriguing, as they seem to wrap around the tailgate. Also, note the small dot-shaped lighting element located on the outside of the vertical light pipe.
Finally, the XT4 will get the dual exhaust treatment via two integrated outlets in a trapezoid-like shape, as seen in spy shots.
About 2019 Cadillac XT4
The Cadillac XT4 is an upcoming compact crossover that will slot under the midsize XT5 as Cadillac’s second crossover utility vehicle (CUV). The XT4 will be underpinned by the front-drive-based GM E2 platform and will be produced at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas.
From a business standpoint, the XT4 is of significant importance for Cadillac’s global sales growth plans, since it will fill a glaring hole in the brand’s vehicle portfolio. With just a single crossover (the XT5), Cadillac’s crossover lineup has been sorely lacking compared to competing luxury makes, all of which offer three models or more. In fact, some rivals, including BMW and Mercedes-Benz, offer up to seven CUVs/SUVs in their lineup as utility vehicle sales are experiencing rampant growth in the marketplace.
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