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I have great expectations for the 2019 Cadillac XT4

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    Raymond J Ramirez

    Hello to all,

    I have joined this forum to learn and comment about the new Cadillac XT4 that will be formally announced by the end of March 2018 at the New York International Auto Show, As a past New Yorker, I wish I could see it up close and really appreciate its new styling. Presently i have a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox and I wish to replace it with this new CUV. I do expect to read that a hybrid version will be offered, since it shares the same Chevrolet Malibu platform and manufacturing plant, so adding a hybrid version is just a management decision.

    Alex Luft

    I’m personally interested in the XT4 not only from a product standpoint, but also in the direction of Cadillac as a whole.

    From a product standpoint, I believe that they did the best they could with what they had. Specifically, they couldn’t use Alpha as did not support a crossover… so they took the second-to-next best thing – the E2 architecture (Omega would have been second best) and used it instead. E2 is as capable as they come as far as front-drive architectures go. That said, I do believe that the XT4 will be the quickest vehicle to be brought to market in the history of the “modern” Cadillac by the time it launches. And in that regard, I have to wonder if any corners were cut during the program’s development.

    From the standpoint of direction of Cadillac as a brand, I do look forward to the XT4 for various reasons. Now, I don’t believe that a front-drive-based chassis is the ultimate direction that Cadillac wants to go in for reasons mentioned above… hence, this XT4 might be the only one of its kind before switching to a rear-drive architecture for the next-generation (the VSS-R vehicle set). But besides the topic of its foundation/platform, the XT4 should introduce items that we will see across many a Cadillac in the future, including the interior, in-vehicle design, the human-machine interaction (HMI) between the driver/passenger and the infotainment system, as well as the revised Art & Science design language foreshadowed by the Escala concept.

    As for the hybrid system: I wonder if the XT4 will take what the Malibu has one step further, and offer a plug-in hybrid solution instead. In other words, a powertrain, like the CT6 PHEV, rather than the Malibu.

    Overall, I believe we have a lot to look forward to with the XT4, though I know I won’t be buying one as I prefer a more sporty experience provided by a sedan.

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