The Cadillac XT4 received several minor changes and updates for the 2021 model year, the third of the compact luxury crossover’s first generation. One of these was the introduction of red brake calipers (RPO code J6F) which became included as standard on the Sport trim level. The red caliper paint made absolutely no difference to the braking ability of the 2021 Cadillac XT4, but it added visual interest and helped to distinguish the Sport from the Luxury and Premium Luxury versions.
Now, GM Authority has learned that Cadillac will discontinue the red brake calipers, either as standard or optionally, on the Sport or any other trim level of the 2022 Cadillac XT4. It’s not clear how this is expected to work to Cadillac’s benefit, but that’s the situation.
Regardless of what color is used for its calipers, the Cadillac XT4 is offered in the U.S. with a single engine choice – the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline motor which is rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard while all-wheel-drive is optional on every trim level. In Europe, where the XT4 is the only Cadillac model sold officially, the LSY is offered alongside the 2.0 I4 LSQ turbodiesel, which makes 174 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque.
For North America as well as for Europe, the Cadillac XT4 is assembled at the GM Fairfax factory in Kansas City, Kansas, and rides on the GM E2 platform. The 2021 model year vehicle is priced to start at $36,990, including $1,195 destination charge. We expect it to receive a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE), otherwise known as refresh, for the 2023 model year. For the Chinese market, the XT4 is build at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant in Shanghai.