The 2019 XT4 introduces many features that are new to the Cadillac brand, including an all-new “Tripower” 2.0L turbo SLY engine, next-generation Electronic Precision Shift, Electro-Hydraulic Braking Assist, the new “Y trim level” strategy, rotary controllers for the infotainment system, and much more. Another all-new feature is Near-Field Communication technology, or NFC for short, which aims to improve and simplify the process of pairing a smartphone to the vehicle.
How It Works
As first reported by our colleagues at Cadillac Society, NFC is a short-range technology that enables two electronic devices to establish communication by bringing them within 1.6 inches (4 cm) of one another. In the case of the XT4, NFC aims to decrease the amount of steps, time and effort involved in pairing a smartphone to the vehicle using Bluetooth.
Note that NFC doesn’t replace Bluetooth as the communications protocol between vehicle and phone. On the contrary, Bluetooth still does all the heavy lifting in terms of passing the signals between the phone and the Cadillac infotainment system (previously known as CUE). Instead, the role of NFC is to enable the devices to commence the Bluetooth pairing process faster and with greater ease, thereby sidestepping the first part of the procedure where the user typically has to select the vehicle from their phone, or select their phone from their vehicle, followed by potentially having to enter a secret code on either device.
With NFC, all a user needs to do is to lightly “tap” their phone on the NFC logo, which is denoted by the little N below the navigation screen, toward the passenger side of the vehicle. Doing so commences the Bluetooth pairing process.
Notably, tapping the phone on the dash is not necessary, as bringing the phone within very close range of the NFC icon has the same effect.
More On Cadillac XT4
The 2019 XT4 will start at $35,790 (including destination) when it goes on sale this fall.
Order books are already open, meaning that customers can already place their order with dealers.
We drove the XT4 this week for the first time and will have our first driving impressions out to you shortly. Stay tuned.