The 2021 Cadillac XT4 represents the third model year of the first-generation luxury crossover, for which receives several minor changes and updates. Here’s exactly what’s new and different about the 2021 XT4.
The model line of the 2021 XT4 remains the same as it was in 2019 and 2020: as per Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy, the base trim is the Luxury. It is followed by Premium Luxury (on the luxury side of Y branch) and by Sport (on the Sport side of the Y branch).
On the outside, the 2021 Cadillac XT4 sees the deletion of two exterior colors as well as the addition of two new hues. The two deleted hues are Red Horizon Tintcoat and Silver Dusk Metallic, and the latter was only offered for the 2020 model year. Both colors were available at an extra charge for the 2020 XT4, with the Red Horizon option carrying a cost of $1,225 and the Silver Dusk hue having an up-charge of $625.
The two new colors are Wave Metallic and Infrared Tintcoat. The Wave Metallic color is a dark royal blue of sorts, and carries an up-charge of $625. Meanwhile, Infrared Tintcoat can be described as cherry red; it carries an extra cost of $1,225.
Overall, the 2021 XT4 is available in the following nine exterior colors:
- Crystal White Tricoat
- Twilight Blue Metallic
- Radiant Silver Metallic
- Stellar Black Metallic
- Shadow Metallic
- Wave Metallic
- Garnet Metallic
- Autumn Metallic
- Infrared Tintcoat
Notably, Radiant Silver Metallic is the only hue included in the base price of the vehicle, as all other colors are offered an additional charge.
Other exterior changes include the addition of red brake calipers as standard on Sport models. A new set of 20-inch Gloss Black wheels have also been added, and are a dealer-installed option (LPO-level item) available for all models.
The model also sees the deletion of the manual liftgate. For the 2020 model year, the power liftgate was only available for Luxury models, so the power liftgate replaces it as standard on that trim.
Lastly, the outside mirror option with heated, power-adjustable, power-folding, and driver-side auto-dimming capabilities is now standard on Premium Luxury and Sport models. For the 2020 model year, this feature was optional on Premium Luxury and Sport models. Additionally, the RPO code has been updated from DR4 to DNP.
On the inside, the 2021 Cadillac XT4 gets Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto as a standard features on all models. Additionally, the luxury crossover gets new interior material availability for the Luxury model. These include:
- Jet Black leather seating surfaces
- Light Platinum with Jet Black leather seating surfaces
The model also sees the addition of a dealer-installed seatback organizer.
The 2021 XT4 welcomes the addition of the Onyx Sport Package, which is available for Sport models and includes:
- Black surround grille with Black mesh
- 20-inch Gloss Black Wheels (SKW)
- Monochrome Cadillac emblems
Additionally, Sport Dynamics Preferred Package has been deleted for the 2021 model year. The package was exclusively available for Sport models, and included the following content:
- 20-inch Twin 5-spoke alloy wheels with Diamond Cut/Titan Satin finish (RQ9)
- Active Sport Suspension
Notably, the package was not available with the Midnight Sport Package (LPO-level item) nor any LPO-level wheel set.
The 2021 XT4 continues to be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The boosted four is mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission driving either the front wheels as standard, or all four wheels via an optional AWD system.
The 2021 Cadillac XT4 went into production in late Q3 2020 at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas. As such, 2021 units have been on dealer lots since then.
Looking ahead, we expect the first-generation XT4 to live on thru at least the 2025 model year.
A nationwide $500 lease incentive is also available. Just over 400 vehicles in the U.S. are affected.
A nationwide $500 lease incentive is also available.
Just over 400 vehicles in the U.S. are affected.