During the 2019 Cadillac XT4 media drive in Seattle, Washington a few weeks ago, attending members of the press were given a peek at the brand’s new content strategy for the XT4 and future products to come. Described as a “Y” content strategy, customers will begin with a standard trim level Cadillac, and will either branch off to a “Sport” or “Premium Luxury” variant. Following the Premium Luxury line comes the top-tier Platinum trim level, while the upgrade from Sport is a predictable V-Sport or V-Series offering. With the Cadillac XT4 in its early stages of its product lifecycle, we expect the branches in its “Y” strategy to grow beyond the initial Sport and Premium Luxury offerings.
As the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is the first vehicle to adopt the brand’s new “Y” content strategy, it’s anticipated that an XT4 V-Sport will reveal itself soon, but we have learned that it won’t be with a V6 engine, even as the vehicle’s E2UL platform can support it.
The standalone powertrain in the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a new 2.0L turbo four engine, dubbed LSY, and is good for 238 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are below that of the elder LTG 2.0L engine found in everything from the Cadillac ATS to the Chevy Malibu, which makes 275 hp and 295 lb-ft, but the LSY delivers the power in a more refined manner. However, the lower numbers from the new turbo engine in the XT4 does leave plenty of space for a more robust power plant with hopefully less nose weight than a V6, which should keep things interesting in the ride and handling department.
If we were to speculate, we immediately think of either two possibilities beyond the base 2019 Cadillac XT4 powertrain: either an electrified version of the LSY where the batteries supplement the engine with extra power, or the implementation of the new 2.7L turbocharged L3B four-cylinder. The latter is rated at 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque and will debut in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 trucks in the coming months. For reference, the Audi RS Q3 will put down just over 360 horsepower, so some adjustments will need to be made to the L3B engine if the Cadillac is going to square off with the punchy little German crossover. As we like to say here, only time will tell.
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