The Cadillac XT4 has a lot to offer in the compact luxury crossover segment. It looks great, comes with a comfortable and well-equipped interior, and mounts an efficient turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine under the hood. Unfortunately, for those buyers hoping to option in a V6 powerplant, it looks like such a configuration won’t happen.
Much of the reasoning comes down to demand, as there simply aren’t enough customers clamoring for a V6-powered Cadillac XT4. What’s more, the XT4’s chief rivals all use boosted four-cylinders. That includes the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X2, Lexus NX, Lincoln Corsair, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Volvo XC40.
And although there is enough room in the Cadillac XT4’s engine bay to squeeze in a few more cylinders, such a configuration could steal sales from the bigger and pricier Cadillac XT5. To note, the 2020 XT5 offers the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGX V6 as standard on the Sport trim level, and as an available option on the Premium Luxury trim level. Output from the ‘six is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.
Additionally, the Cadillac Society report indicates that the turbocharged 2.7L L3B inline four-cylinder is also unlikely to find a spot in the Cadillac XT4 lineup, even with the rumored XT4-V. To note, the L3B produces 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque in the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V.
For now, the Cadillac XT4 is offered exclusively with the turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder, which produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That said, the Euro-spec XT4 swaps the LSY in favor of the all-new turbo-diesel 2.0L LSQ inline four-cylinder, which produces 170 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Both engines connect to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission.
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