After a few years of the XT5 — and the SRX before it — being Cadillac’s best-selling model, the American luxury brand is finally coming out with its first ever compact crossover, entering one of the most competitive segments in the luxury game. That crossover is the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4, which was just unveiled at Cadillac House in Manhattan ahead of the New York Auto Show.
The XT4 pretty closely follows the emerging design language at Cadillac. It has a family resemblance to the midsize XT5, but with a few key differences in design other than size. While the two crossovers have similar front ends, the XT4 has a bit more of an athletic look, and the back of the car looks quite unique. It has a rear end a bit reminiscent of the second-generation CTS Wagon, with vertical taillights that go all the way to the top of the car. Cadillac did a nice job making the XT4 look like a Cadillac without just looking like a smaller version of the XT5.
The interior of the XT4 has a very clean, modern look. The roomy cabin promises segment-leading rear-seat legroom at 39.5 inches, which is nice, because sometimes crossovers this size are surprisingly cramped in the back. The XT4 could end up being the best SUV in its class for hauling four adults comfortably.
The XT4 will have the Cadillac User Experience, or CUE, infotainment system, which can now be controlled via a rotary controller in addition to the touchscreen interface. That means that unlike in some Cadillacs with volume control buttons, you’ll be able to control your audio volume with a more traditional knob. It also comes with Near-Field Communication (NFC), which is a nice bonus for easy phone connectivity. Available tech in the XT4 includes 15-watt wireless charging, navigation with an SD-card memory reader, and a safety tech suite that includes a surround-vision camera and a rear camera mirror.
The only available engine in the Cadillac XT4 at launch is a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder DOHC with Active Fuel Management and stop/start technology lashed to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It makes 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to get this little crossover moving with a spring in its step.
The Cadillac XT4 is set to go on sale in late 2018 as a 2019 model, with pricing starting at $35,790 including the destination charge. If you’re in the market for a compact luxury crossover, you have a ton of options, but this Cadillac will be very much worth checking out when it starts hitting showrooms this fall.