Look closely at the spy shots of the Cadillac XT4 interior (available below), and you’ll see a small emblem in the form of a stylized N on the center stack. That emblem, as first reported on Cadillac Society, is known as the N-Mark, and it serves as the official logo of the NFC Forum, which leads us to believe that Cadillac’s upcoming compact CUV will contain NFC technology.
Short for Near-Field Communications, NFC is a group of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices to establish communication by bringing them in close proximity of each other, with one of the devices typically being a portable such as a smartphone. The technology works at a close-quarter distance of 1.6 inches (4 cm).
Currently, NFC has three general applications:
- Facilitating contactless payment systems (example: Apply Pay)
- Creating more capable connections (example: authenticating the pairing of Bluetooth devices)
- Enabling electronic identity documents and keycards (example: serving as a key to an NFC-enabled lock)
We’ll find out exactly how the Cadillac XT4 will use NFC at the end of March, when Cadillac unveils the XT4 premium compact crossover at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
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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