The 2019 Cadillac XT4, revealed last week at the New York Auto Show, introduces many Cadillac firsts: besides being the first Cadillac model ever to have been completely developed under the oversight of Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen, it’s also the first-ever Cadillac to feature a nine-speed automatic transmission, the first to introduce Cadillac’s new “Y” trim level strategy, and one of the first (tied with the 2019 Cadillac CT6) to equip the CUE infotainment system with tactile controls via two rotary dials. But (arguably) more important than all those firsts is that the XT4 is Cadillac’s first-ever compact crossover.
Historically, Cadillac has offered only crossover in the SRX, which was later renamed XT5. The SRX and XT5 are both midsize models, with the first-generation SRX (on the Sigma platform) measuring 194.9 inches long, the second-gen SRX (on the Theta II platform) measuring 190.2 inches long and the XT5 (on the C1 platform) coming in at 189.5 inches long. Notably, thanks to its longer wheelbase, the XT5 is a larger vehicle than the second-gen SRX. Even so, measures slightly shorter overall as a result of the way in which its bumper covers are styled. But we digress.
So there you have it: the XT4 is Cadillac’s first-ever compact crossover utility vehicle, one that Cadillac has desperately needed, as the space that it will compete in is currently the fastest-growing luxury vehicle segment in the industry, seeing a 15 percent uptick in sales during the complete 2017 calendar year.
The overall segment consists of the Lexus NX, Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, Lincoln MKC, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The model will even compete with GM’s Buick Envision. Hyundai’s Genesis luxury division will soon enter the segment with an offering of its own. Moreover, the XT4 is also vital for attracting new-to-Cadillac customers.
Sales Numbers - Premium Luxury and Prestige Luxury Compact Crossovers - Calendar Year - USA
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Here’s to hoping that it lives up to the expectations set out for it by all involved parties, including its customers/owners as well as Cadillac.