Industry experts forecast the compact SUV segment to garner nearly 50% of the total industry sales (as per product volume) by 2024. And the American automakers wish to enter this expanding domain with the 2018 Cadillac XT4.
Cadillac has always had a niche clientele, and its clientele prefers the hands-on approach towards whatever more the manufacturers provide. Overpricing is a common complaint against them, however, as the company has maintained throughout, the upcoming model may just use the pricing to its advantage with an eye to quality instead of compromising upon it.
Let’s Check the 2018 Cadillac XT4: Inside and Out
The 2018 Cadillac XT4 is expected to be based on the XT5 cross-over range, i.e. on the C1XX vehicle platform, which the automaker already manufactures. This will be the smallest crossover/compact SUV in its production line. Cadillac has not officially disclosed the interior features; however, they will be high-end and aim for being the best in class. To sum it up, interiors will spell style and grandeur.
A remodeled rear end with sharper edges than the XT5 and a Cadillac trademark grille with powerful front ends will be the eye catchers. Gutsy air-intakes on either side give it a stance to stand out. A body-integrated front bumper shapes front view as does the rear bumper which might just include a 2X2 exhaust. Sharp, Classy and Intelligent.
2018 Cadillac XT4 – Engine and Transmission
And it is only in this section where 2018 Cadillac XT4 can be speculated upon. There will be two basic variants, viz.:-
- 4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder- 138hp+148lb-ft, 6 speed Auto [Same as the GMC Granit Xover]
- 0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder- 272hp+300 lb-ft, 6 speed Auto [Tweaked from 2016 Cadillac ATS]
Mpg/Fuel economy will be a huge factor considering the fact that consumers will be primarily using it for city driving. Further engine modifications maybe included into product range given the fact that Cadillac will be using this model to surge into the Compact SUV/Crossover market.
A sneak peek into the Future?
Well, this is what manufacturer seems to be targeting with this 2018 Cadillac XT4. Performance is turbocharged, interiors are hyped to the best that this price-range can offer to a customer, and exteriors to make sure it can rival best lookers not only from any segment but on road.
There seems to be much hush-hush regarding it; makers want it to be a bolt from the blue. Affordability of the customer is not what the general consensus which Cadillac wishes to target; they want segment niche if not a new niche segment altogether.
Competitors and Price of 2018 Cadillac XT4
Judging the success of this model will be difficult just as it would be to do the same in the case of any other of a myriad of models launched by leading automobile companies. The Cadillac XT4 2018 will be up against the likes of Audi Q3, BMW M1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.
- Price Range- $30,000-$52,000 [Official pricing not declared]
- Release Date- 2017 NAIAS Detroit(Premiere), Q1/Q2 2018