Cadillac today announced the official launch of the Cadillac XT4 crossover utility vehicle, which goes on sale with a starting price of RMB 259,700 – the equivalent of about $38k US. The luxurious compact crossover’s Chinese release comes in advance of a US-market launch slated for this fall, at which the Cadillac XT4 will cost a similar $35,790 to start, including destination charge.
Chinese-market examples of the Cadillac XT4 are being built domestically at GM’s Jinqiao assembly plant, while US-market XT4s will be bolted together at the automaker’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City.
“The Cadillac XT4 represents one of the most important new entries for the brand in recent years,” says SAIC-GM Cadillac Division General Director Andreas Schaaf. “It joins the lineup of one of the fastest growing auto luxury brands in China, and will attract a broad spectrum of drivers, including a new younger demographic.”
Appealing to that younger demographic was of such importance to Cadillac that the XT4’s design was led by a team of youthful designers from its very target customer group, Cadillac says. The result is a body that very obviously gels with the brand’s longstanding “Art & Science” design language, while simultaneously bringing new ideas to the table.
Being a premium utility vehicle for tech-obsessed generations Y and Z, the new Cadillac XT4 is also loaded with high-tech features, including an infotainment system capable of receiving over-the-air updates, and – at least in the Chinese market – 24 gigabytes of free data traffic per year. That will allow buyers to use all the XT4’s many data-driven features free-of-charge – save for the OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, which requires a separate data plan.