Images Show Potential Cadillac XT4-V

New images sent by an anonymous tipster to GM Authority’s sister site, Cadillac Society, appear to show a so-far unannounced Cadillac XT4-V model ahead of its unveiling.

Both images show only a section of the vehicle’s rear end, so there’s not much to go off of here. The more revealing image is of the right rear of the performance crossover, showing a V-Series badge, a ‘2.7T’ badge, a dual-tip exhaust and carbon fiber trim elements below the indicator light and within the license plate frame.

The second image gives us a look at the carbon trim framing the license plate cutout, along with an ‘XT4’ badge and what appears to be a more prominent hatch spoiler.

It’s hard to say if these photos are legitimate, or if someone is simply trying to create their own home-brew Cadillac XT4-V. The exhaust tips do look similar to those on the Cadillac CT4-V, however, and the carbon trim also looks real. Then again, the ‘2.7T’ badge does not follow Cadillac’s new torque-based naming scheme and the CT4-V does not feature such a badge, either. Furthermore, Cadillac has never indicated the displacement of a V-Series product with a badge like this before.

If by chance these photos are the real deal, they indicate the XT4-V will arrive with a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine – likely the same L3B four-cylinder found in the CT4-V. In the sports sedan, the 2.7-liter engine is rated at 320 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A more robust version of the same GM nine-speed automatic transmission would probably be employed as well, sending power to all four wheels via a performance all-wheel-drive system.

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Cadillac may also wish to include a sportier version of the XT4’s Active Sport Suspension system on the XT4-V, or it could even rely on GM’s Magnetic Ride Control dampers. We imagine more robust brakes and aggressive front and rear fascias would be in the cards, too.

Stay tuned for more information on a future Cadillac XT4-V model, as such a performance crossover is believed in line with the brand’s future product strategy, even if these photos are of questionable validity.

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Source: Cadillac Society

Sam McEachern: Sam loves to write and has a passion for auto racing, karting and performance driving of all types.

View Comments (20)

  • Alex, I'm confused. If Cadillac is going to move forward with the XT4 V would it not be the other engine and AWD? Seem to be the most logical.

  • I'm not sure what's more sad, that:

    1) Someone faked this and GMA bought it off them


    2) That the dumbasses here are eating it up.

  • All of the parts in those photos are available on Ebay. When has GM ever used carbon fiber as decoration as non-functional trim?

  • I feel the 2.7T should simply be the smallest " base " engine in ANY Cadillac.

    Not a high performance " V ", but any more than the 2.0T is ok with me no matter what they want to call it.

  • Makes me wonder whenever there was a refresh mule of the box and terrain if the 2.7T would stuff in those.....

  • Interesting. Let’s hope they don’t dilute the “V” badge too much like Chevy did with the SS moniker in recent years past. That would not be cool!

    If they do indeed start making performance (V) versions of their SUV’s, I hope they lower them a few inches to help handling the extra power, and look better while still looking like a raised wagon/long hatch.

  • hopefully this will boost sales even more! Based on how I've heard the car handles, I'm excited to drive one!

    One question: will this be the XT4-400, or 600 or 800?? Because I won't even consider buying it unless that number on the rear is over a thousand! How else will my friends know how much torque my engine has!?!

  • As much as I want to ignore my gut feeling, I have some doubt that this is not an actual V. It may just be a "uniquely customized" standard XT4 Sport. The new V series sedans do not feature any form of engine displacement badging, and the V badge on this one looks a bit off. The "2.7 T" also doesn't look right, as the "T" height is too short. I hope I'm wrong though.

  • Cadillac's XT4 needed a second engine and it's debatable whether the L3B will provide enough grunt as it would be simpler to shoehorn in a 3.6L V6 which might simply be too logical of a solution.

    • Could that be for the V Blackwing?

      the real issue is just how much are people willing to pay for an XT4. Just because you build it does not mean enough people will pay the price.

      The 2.7 should have plenty of grunt.

      Put the TT in the XT5 to give people reason to pay more and make them different. If you put the biggest engine in the smallest cars you will kill off the larger vehicle sales.

    • I had wondered if it was able to be configured for transverse fitment. This may be our answer.

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