This past February, we got a few sneak peaks and hints at what this new subcompact crossover will offer, in terms of both looks and capabilities. We at Heritage Cadillac weren’t disappointed. As SUVs and CUVs become ever more popular — we saw booming sales in 2017 — Cadillac is meeting the market demand with the all-new XT4, which offers luxurious, upscale features in a sleek, classy package.
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 slots in perfectly with the rest of the Cadillac SUV/CUV lineup. The classic and ever-popular Escalade sets the standard for high-end luxury SUVs, and the XT5 — which is larger than the XT4 — is perfect if you are looking to add a bit more adventure and adventurous style to your life. Cadillac is also working on developing a three-row CUV, which we at Heritage Cadillac can’t wait to see.
Although we don’t have many specifics on what the XT4 will come equipped with, we’re expecting the highest of quality. It will likely feature a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, available all-wheel drive, and the most up-to-date safety and entertainment technology available. It will also be constructed with materials that are durable, stylish, and high-end.
Cadillac’s popular SRX has been discontinued for a few years now, but the XT5 that replaced it has continued to wow SUV drivers in the luxury market. But for those looking for something a bit smaller, Cadillac plans to offer the new XT4 crossover.
According to The Detroit News, Cadillac has officially begun to build test versions of the new XT4 at its plant in Kansas City. This information is based on a tip from those close to the matter, as Cadillac has not yet confirmed officially a production schedule for its XT4. In other words, we cannot say quite when the new XT4 will officially begin production and when it will arrive here at Heritage Cadillac.
We do know that the Cadillac XT4 fills a hole in Cadillac’s lineup for luxury drivers who want the versatility of an SUV but the better maneuverability and fuel economy of a small crossover. The Cadillac XT4 will also be a great job creator and job protector for folks at the Fairfax assembly plant.
Direct competitors of the XT4 include the Audi Q3 and the BMW X3. The XT4 will be built on similar underpinnings as the Chevy Malibu. The Malibu is also made at the Fairfax assembly plant.
Although plans for the XT4 are not official, we at Heritage Cadillac are eager to see this model, which we are sure will prove to be another incredible vehicle in Cadillac’s already impressive lineup.
Cadillac has unleashed what it is labeling the world’s first true hands-free driving system designed for the freeway: Cadillac Super Cruise™. This amazing technology is available on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 and can only be used on limited-access freeways separated from oncoming traffic.
To engage Cadillac Super Cruise™, you have to first meet a number of criteria. Teen Driver cannot be active, but Adaptive Cruise Control must be turned on and the Forward Collision System should be set to alert and brake. The camera and radar sensors must have clear vision, the lane markings must be clearly visible (e.g. snow on the ground would prevent the tech from engaging), and the driver must be attentive. Finally, the car must be on a limited-access freeway.
To turn on Cadillac Super Cruise™, simply meet these safety criteria and press the Super Cruise button located on the steering wheel. You should only take your hands off the steering wheel if the bar on the wheel is illuminated green. To turn off Super Cruise™, simply press the button again or take your foot off the steering wheel.
As an added safety measure, the CT6 constantly monitors drivers to ensure they are paying attention, sending alerts when they are not and ultimately disengaging Super Cruise™ when the driver does not react.
Cadillac has become synonymous with luxury on American roadways, and part of its iconic style is the Cadillac logo: the historic crest (complete with ducks!), which today stands boldly and was originally surrounded by a wreath. But how did that crest come about, and what does it look like now?
It turns out that the Cadillac emblem was fittingly modeled after the family crest of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Cadillac’s original home and America’s Motor City. That family crest includes the crown, the merlettes (those aforementioned ducks that appear on the emblem), color stripes (red, silver, blue, gold, and black), and the surrounding laurel wreath.
The logo was revamped at the turn of the century when it was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. At the unveiling, the crown was notably missing, as were the ducks. In 2014, Cadillac released the most current form of its emblem when it revealed its Elmiraj concept. The crest was widened for this rendering, and the wreath went the way of the ducks—as in, it was completely removed to give the Cadillac logo a more modern appearance.
While the Cadillac brand continues to see solid sales in the United States, its largest market is now across the Pacific from its home base. Cadillac China sales have only risen by leaps and bounds in 2017, with an unbelievable 66.5% growth through August with a total of 107,377 vehicles sold. This means that Cadillac sales in China are now even greater than they are here at home, which speaks to Cadillac’s appeal to audiences all over the world.
Cadillac’s sales in China grew 51.4% in August with 15,014 vehicles sold, which would seem enormous were it not so surprisingly commonplace. Cadillac sales have tripled over the past five years in China, and the luxury brand has consistently seen its stock on the rise as customers increasingly flock to models like the XT5 crossover and the China-exclusive ATS-L.
What’s more, China seems poised to become a proving ground for new global products that will find their way to the United States. The brand recently unveiled the a mild hybrid version of the popular Cadillac XT5 at the Chengdu Auto Show, and it seems like it would be primed for sale in the United States much like the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid, which originated in China and arrived in America earlier this year. The new XT5 mild hybrid will likely only improve Cadillac’s drawing power in China even more so, driving it toward the top of the luxury vehicle market there.
“Cadillac’s strong lineup, unique brand, philosophy and premium customer experience are taking it to the next level of competition in China’s luxury vehicle market,” said Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac vice president and general director of SAIC-GM’s Cadillac Division. “Our goal is for Cadillac to become a top-tier player.”
We here at Heritage Cadillac are happy to see the American luxury brand doing so well in the Chinese market.