Earlier this month, we brought you the first real-world images of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 in the base Luxury trim. It was the first time that we had seen the new XT4 with that equipment group. Today, what we have for you are the very first real-world pictures of the Cadillac XT4 in Premium Luxury trim.
The Premium Luxury equipment group is part of Cadillac’s new “Y trim level” strategy that gives the same vehicle different features and characteristics. In the case of the XT4, the Y trim level structure looks like this:
- The Luxury trim level serves as the base and delivers a certain level of equipment
- The XT4 Premium Luxury model builds on the Luxury trim with more content while adding bright body accents
- The XT4 Sport model builds on the Luxury trim with with more content while adding sportier accents that are blacked-out or body-color
The model we’re looking at today is actually two separate vehicles with slightly different equipment: both are XT4 Premium Luxury trim levels, and both are coated in Twilight Blue Metallic. But one is equipped with AWD while wearing the stock set of 18-inch 10-spoke Pearl Nickel finish wheels, while the other is FWD and is riding on the optional 20-inch 9-spoke Diamond Cut/Medium Android finish wheels.
The two models have an almost identical front-end appearance, with the front grille containing bright accents with a galvano surround, while the lower fascia containing a Medium Silver insert. The grille is common to both the base Luxury and Premium Luxury models, while the silver lower insert is unique to the Premium Luxury trim level. By comparison, the base Luxury trim features the same grille and a black lower fascia insert, while the Sport trim gets a high-gloss black grille and a gloss black finish for the lower fascia insert.
Despite the similar appearance, there are two key differences between both vehicles.
The first is that the unit with the 20-inch wheels has integrated turn signal indicators in the outside mirrors, meaning that it is equipped with the optional Enhanced Visibility Package, which includes:
- Rear Camera Mirror and Rear Camera Mirror Washer
- HD Surround Vision
- Automatic Parking Assist with braking
- Outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
- Driver Awareness Package, which itself includes:
- Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Following Distance Indicator
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and
- IntelliBeam headlamps
And though all XT4 units come with standard LED headlamps regardless of model or trim level, the model with the 20-inch rims has a more pronounced vertical LED light signature. That’s because it’s equipped with the Technology Package, which includes optional front cornering lamps and an LED front turn signal, along with:
- Cabin air ionizer
- 8-inch diagonal color reconfigurable gauge cluster
- Head-Up Display
- Power rake and telescoping steering column
- Wireless phone charging
Notably, the XT4 Premium Luxury comes standard with automatic on/off headlamp controls with tunnel detection.
The Premium Luxury model’s brushed aluminum trim started at the front carries over to the side, with bodyside brushed aluminum finish moldings and a bright window surround trim. Notably, the base Luxury trim also features these elements at the side. What’s unique to the Premium Luxury trim, however, are the illuminated body-color door handles with satin chrome accents. By comparison, the base Luxury trim gets the same door handles but without the illumination feature.
The silver lower accent detailing unique to the XT4 Premium Luxury trim can also be seen at the rear, with a medium silver lower fascia insert adorning the lower fascia. Both models feature red LED taillamps, which are common to the base Luxury trim as well as the Premium Luxury models.
XT4 Premium Luxury AWD With 18-Inch Wheels
The 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a pearl nickel finish (production code REP) are included only with the Premium Luxury trim level.
They don’t necessarily look bad. In fact, we prefer them over the 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a bright silver finish (same design wheel with a different finish), which are standard on the base Luxury equipment group. That said, the rims don’t fill out the large wheel well enough for us to be in love with them. We’d opt for the 20s on the other model.
XT4 Premium Luxury FWD With 20-Inch Wheels
Yup, we’d much rather have these 20-inch 9-spokers.
Cadillac refers to these rims as as “Dynamic 9-spoke alloy with Diamond Cut/Medium Android finish”. They are assigned production code RQA, are wrapped in all-season tires and are available across any XT4 trim level, be it the base Luxury, the Premium Luxury seen here, or the Sport.
The bigger wheels fill out the wheel wells much better, thereby giving the small crossover a more commanding presence while enhancing its stance.