The upcoming Cadillac XT4 has been spotted in the wilds around GM’s proving grounds, and this time there’s even interior shots.
The compact SUV slash crossover market is still as hot as ever, and it’s about to get a whole lot hotter with the addition of the Cadillac XT4. Built on the same platform as the new Buick Regal and Chevy Malibu, the XT4 will be Cadillac’s smallest SUV but will also likely be the most appealing to the younger market.
We don’t know a lot about the XT4 as Cadillac hasn’t made any official announcements, but according to Autoguide, the power plant will be the LTG four-cylinder 2.0-L turbocharged engine putting out around 272 hp. A plug-in electric hybrid version is also said to be in development, but likely won’t be released at the same time as the gasoline version.
As expected, the body seems to be a scaled-down XT5, but with a smaller grille (or possibly one that’s simply covered by the leopard-spot camouflage). Inside the car is entirely different from previous Cadillacs.
To start, the center LCD infotainment system is tilted at a bizarrely severe angle that is likely to reduce glare but seems like it would only increase it. Below that is a bunch of piano-style keys that look to control the climate and heated seats. Judging by the smudges on the screen, there’s still going to be capacitance-based controls.
Expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to come standard, and judging by the NFC sticker on the dash there will even be support for Near Field Communications for phone tethering. NFC is a lot like Bluetooth but a lot simpler. In theory, it only works when the phone is right next to the car and should be easier to accomplish too.
There’s also a fully digital instrument cluster behind the wheel, and an all-new steering wheel in front of the instrument cluster. An electronic shifter is also present, showing the trend away from mechanical devices towards fully electric ones.
We’ll find out more about the XT4 as it debuts at the New York International Auto Show later this year.