Cadillac is adding a brand-new crossover to its lineup for the upcoming 2019 model year, a compact crossover to compete with the other luxury offerings in this segment, for which demand has grown exponentially in the last couple of years.
The Cadillac XT4 debuted at the New York Auto Show in March, where it made waves thanks to its exclusive new SUV platform, along with a powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbo engine that puts out 237 horsepower. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the XT4 will get a projected 30 mpg on the highway.
The XT4 starts an expansion of the Cadillac lineup, which will offer a new Cadillac every six months for the next three years. The XT4 is also the first vehicle to feature Cadillac’s new “Y” trim strategy, with two trims branching off from the base Luxury trim into Sport and Premium Luxury. With distinctive grille designs and other accents, these trims are made for two very different customer bases.
Cadillac aims for a more youthful market with the XT4, which is why the team that created it was made up of young designers. Young, single drivers who want utility but don’t need big passenger cars are a booming demographic that the entire auto industry is catering to.
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