Cornering headlights that swivel to help illuminate twists and turns in the road are nothing new. Preston Tucker deployed the technology in his company’s first (and only) car – the Tucker 48 – some seven decades ago, using a third, central headlight reflector that turned with the steering wheel, but there is evidence that automobile manufacturers had considered the feature even before then.
Now, in the twenty-first century, Cadillac has made cornering headlights available on the all-new, 2019 Cadillac XT4 compact crossover. These adaptive XT4 lights utilize the lower-most LED bulb in each of its signature headlight blades, and as on the Tucker 48, the angle of deflection is a function of the steering input; as the wheel turns, the headlights pivot in the same direction.
This allows the XT4 to better illuminate the road as the vehicle navigates a corner, rather than casting all its light straight ahead, to the outside of the turn. While night driving, especially in rural areas where illumination from external sources such as street lamps is scarce, these Cadillac XT4 lights could mean the difference between avoiding the deer, pothole, ice patch, or other obstacle, and failing to see it in time.
Granted, not every Cadillac XT4 will ship with cornering headlights; the feature, which wears RPO code “T87”, comes standard only on the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport, and is available on the Premium Luxury model only with the optional $1,650 Technology Package. It’s not available on the base Luxury model.
The Premium Luxury Tech Package – RPO code “CWM” – also includes an 8-inch digital instrumentation screen, head-up display, cabin air ionizer, power rake and telescoping steering column, and wireless phone charging.
The all-new, 2019 Cadillac XT4 represents the luxury GM brand’s entry in the competitive C-segment luxury crossover space. The North American version is built at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Fairfax, Kansas, and rolls on the automaker’s E2XX platform, with power coming from GM’s 237-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo I4 LSY. Our own Manoli Katakis had a go in Cadillac’s smallest CUV recently, and you can read all about his thoughts on the interior and the ride and handling characteristics.
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