General Motors launched the Cadillac XT4 in Europe last year with a market-exclusive 2.0L four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that is good for 170 horsepower and a healthy 280 pound-feet of torque.
The new four-cylinder diesel, which was developed specifically for the European market and is Euro 6-compliant, aims to offer a good balance of performance and fuel economy in the subcompact XT4. That could potentially make it an attractive option for the North American-spec XT4, but the automaker currently has no plans to bring the 2.0L diesel to the U.S. or Canada.
“For the moment, it’s for Europe,” Carlisle told Cadillac Society. “It’s something that we could bring here [to the U.S.], but when you look at the interest in diesel engines in anything but large vehicles in the United States, it’s been up and down and pretty down at the moment, whereas Europe is a different story and has been for a while.”
The 2.0L diesel is the only engine offered in the Euro-spec Cadillac XT4, where it is paired with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission. The Cadillac XT4 Launch Edition is priced from 42,900 euros in Germany, while the better-equipped XT4 Launch Edition Sport starts at 49,200 euros. Front-wheel-drive is standard on both models, while Cadillac’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system is available as an option.
For reference, the Cadillac XT4 sold in North America features GM’s turbocharged 2.0L LSY inline four-cylinder gas engine, which is good for 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the crossover and is paired with the same nine-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive Cadillac XT4 at 24 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined, while adding AWD will see those figures drop to 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined.
Shortly after the diesel-powered Euro-spec Cadillac XT4 was announced last year, we hosted a poll asking readers if they thought the 2.0L diesel should be offered in the North American version of the crossover. About 60% of pollsters voted yes, while just over 36% thought it wouldn’t be a good idea.