A wild prototype Cadillac XT4 has been spotted!
Wearing an anti-camera camouflage that did nothing to deflect the lenses aimed at it, the prototype Cadillac XT4 has been spotted in the wilds of Michigan.
The XT4 is set to become Cadillac’s entry into the burgeoning subcompact crossover segment, a segment that is already questionably defined by the fact a crossover is already defined as a small SUV. Why do we need to call it a “subcompact” SUV? How small will these non-SUV cars get that we have to start calling them subcompacts?
Anyway, the XT4 didn’t appear all that subcompact, seemingly larger than its immediate European competitors, the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes GLA. According to Car and Driver, it seemed to be more on par with a Lincoln MKC or Lexus NX, although without nearly as ostentatious a grill as the latter subcompact SUV.
Even ignoring the black and white camo pattern, the XT4 seems rather understated. There are no big surprises when it comes to the front or back ends, with Cadillac-style tail lamps, exhaust, and a brief swoosh for a spoiler. The iconic Cadillac emblem was covered in duct tape, as though that would make anyone second guess who owned the car, and most of the headlights were covered up by camo vinyl, so there could be some surprises lurking there.
Cadillac is keeping details surrounding the car close to their corporate chest. It’ll likely come equipped with a turbocharged four-banger that will have enough volume to put out in the mid 300s of horsepower, and combined with a Cadillac standard 9-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive. Depending on how Cadillac markets the car it could be standard all-wheel drive, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Car and Driver seem to think the XT4 will be based on the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain platforms, which likely explains some of its plain stylings, and that it’ll probably go on sale in the low to mid $30,000s. But, since Cadillac hasn’t made any official announcements and there’s no way of guessing performance just by watching it putter around city streets, we’ll just have to wait for it to go on sale later this year to find out.