We’ve seen prototypes of the upcoming 2019 Cadillac XT4 undergoing testing various times in the past, but this isprobably our best look at the new compact luxury crossover yet. Spied testing in Michigan, this XT4 prototype replaces the placeholder lights of previous testers with production-intent units front and back.
Though most of the headlight is covered by camouflage, we can make out that the units have both horizontal and vertical elements, which is in line with the Cadillac Escala concept that will influence the design of all future Cadillacs. We do see a projector-style headlamp in the photos, although we expect at least the range-topping model to feature an all-LED headlight treatment. Moving on to the back…
This latest bout of 2019 Cadillacs XT4 spy shots shows only a small portion of the taillights, as camouflage covers most of the lights. Even so, we can make out an L-shaped light that starts near the roof and runs vertically before curving under the rear glass. That much we have seen before. What we didn’t see before is what appears to be a clear lens cover with an all-LED setup.
This is a rather modern and youthful styling trait that was popularized by clear taillight lens covers of the 2000-era Lexus IS/Toyota Altezza and Lexus RX/Toyota Harrier. At the time, the design was received as being fresh yet polarizing.
About Cadillac XT4
Cadillac has been severely lacking when it comes to crossovers, while rivals have introduced a barrage of CUVs to complement their sedan offerings. To that end, the compact 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 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 will likely be offered. 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.
Look for the XT4 to be revealed in April at the New York International Auto Show. It will be the first Cadillac product to be completely developed under the leadership of Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.