Cadillac’s new XT4 is a small, luxury SUV designed to compete with vehicles like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. While Lincoln has decided to stop chasing the Germans and just forge their own identity, there’s some wisdom in developing cars for specific categories. Prior to the 2019 Cadillac XT4, Cadillac had only the XT5 as an SUV below the large and pricey Escalade. Customer feedback from other small luxury SUV owners said size was an issue, so the XT4 is a little bigger than some of its European rivals. Todd Pawlik with Cadillac said that was just one of the things that set the XT4 apart from the increasingly crowded small luxury SUV space.
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 Cadillac XT4 should be available Fall of 2018.