In addition to introducing an all-new 2.0L turbo SLY engine, next-generation Electronic Precision Shift, and a new layout for interior controls, the 2019 XT4 is also the first-ever Cadillac vehicle to implement ‘Electro-Hydraulic Braking Assist’ technology. The inclusion of the feature was first uncovered by our friends at Cadillac Society.
Having already been implemented by other automakers, Electro-Hydraulic Braking Assist “supplants the traditional vacuum-assisted power braking system with an electro-hydraulic system that enhances fuel economy and takes up less space under the hood”, according to Cadillac.
The “electro” in ‘electro-hydraulic system’ refers to an electronic actuator which eliminates the need to pull vacuum from the engine/manifold, thus being more efficient while also reducing the amount of vacuum lines under the hood.
Cadillac wasn’t very forthcoming about the exact efficiency gains about the technology, but looking at it from that standpoint might be missing the forest for the trees, since the more relevant point is that Electro-Hydraulic Braking Assist is capable of functioning without the engine running, which is useful for hybrids, PHEVs, and other electrified alternative-energy vehicles. As such, including Electro-Hydraulic Brake Assist in the XT4 will likely make it much easier for GM/Cadillac to introduce hybridized versions of the vehicle in the future.
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The 2019 XT4 will start at $35,790 (including destination) when it goes on sale this fall. The vehicle will be assembled at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City. Order books are already open, meaning that customers can already place their order.
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