The Cadillac XT4 suits up for battle in one of the fastest-growing, most competitive segments in the U.S.: small luxury SUVs. It faces more headwinds there than, say, its big brother the Cadillac Escalade in the full-size SUV class, though.
Since its introduction for 2019, the original XT4 is far from class-leading, but know this-that really pisses off leadership at Cadillac. Global Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey is not happy with third place in the segment, and wants a higher spot on the podium.
But let’s be realistic here. While the Escalade is a storied nameplate that’s built a legacy of dominance over its more than two decades of service, the XT4 is much newer, with a harder-to-remember name. It’s also now dated, so General Motors is giving the crossover a refresh for the 2024 model year to try to boost its sales over the next decade as Cadillac transitions to an all-electric brand by 2030.
The XT4’s basic dimensions and powertrain remain unchanged for the 2024 model year. The big upgrade, and a surprise for what amounts to a mid-cycle update, is the 33-inch curved LED color touchscreen borrowed from the Cadillac Lyriq electric midsize SUV. The XT4 also will have 5G WiFi hotspot capability, Google built-in suite of apps and assistance, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, including Amazon Alexa.