For the first time, we’ve spied the Cadillac XT4 sans bulky cladding and other distractions, which gives us a clearer view of the upcoming crossover’s overall shape and new design traits.
The photos were taken in Toledo, Ohio, outside of the Fiat-Chrysler Jeep assembly plant, but this is certainly not a Jeep. Cadillac’s new XT4 will sit below the XT5 in price, size and dimensions and will all but certainly ride on the General Motors E2 platform, which underpins the mid-size Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Regal (aka Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Holden Commodore) as well as the Buick LaCrosse.
At the rear, we can see a new taillight design that seems to flow from the roof downward, much like the Cadillac Escalade, judging by the markings which outline the rear liftgate. We presume the lights take a turn inward, also noting a break in the liftgate tape, much like the Escala concept showed in its re-envisioning of Cadillac’s unmistakable vertical taillights.
Moving around to the side, the XT4 does look smaller than the XT5 and we can note the crossover’s rather rakish profile from this view. Unfortunately, the cameraman didn’t take any photos of the XT4’s front, but it’s widely believed the front fascia will contain both horizontal and vertical lighting elements and boast other Escala concept design cues.
Cadillac said the XT4 will boast powerful and efficient engines when it debuts, and we expect a plug-in model to be part of the lienup. Also look for Super Cruise to make an appearance on the range-topping XT4 trim. Per the brand’s timeline, Cadillac will reveal the XT4 next year with availability following shortly thereafter.