New Cadillac XT4 delivers dynamic driving experience

(September 18, 2018) Cadillac’s first-ever XT4 crossover SUV leverages the brand’s legacy of technology leadership to reward drivers and passengers with a responsive and refined driving experience. “The new Cadillac XT4 brings a new vitality to Cadillac, in one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It pairs the agility of our award-winning sports sedans with a youthful SUV character.”

A new turbocharged propulsion system and an available Active Sport Suspension with Continuous Damping Control and precise, electronically calibrated steering, plus an available twin-clutch AWD system coalesce in the XT4 to offer a dynamic blend of performance and comfort.

“The propulsion elements, chassis system and extensive tuning work in harmony to make the XT4 a joy to drive,” said Todd Pawlik, chief engineer. “It offers all the versatility you want in an SUV, while answering the driver’s inputs with both immediacy and comfort.”

All XT4 models are driven by an all-new 2.0L Turbo engine that’s engineered with industry-leading valvetrain technology to deliver efficient performance, with strong power on demand at all speeds.

The engine is rated at an SAE-certified 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway (FWD models) for a balance of performance and efficiency that ranks among the top of the compact luxury SUV segment.

“The advantage of turbocharging is power when you need it and efficiency when you don’t,” said Kris Keary, 2.0L turbo assistant chief engineer. “In the XT4, it translates as confident performance in all scenarios.”

An innovative double-overhead-cam tripower valvetrain complements the turbocharging system and is at the heart of the engine’s balanced performance, enabling different valve lift heights and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) across the rpm band.

The valvetrain system provides three operating modes depending on driving conditions:

1.  High valve lift for maximum power.

2.  Low valve lift for a greater balance of power and efficiency.

3.  Active Fuel Management that disables two of the cylinders in light load conditions to further conserve fuel.

A unique camshaft design works with electromagnetic actuators that shift a moveable shaft with different cam lobes. As the driver’s input changes, the lobes shift imperceptibly between the three operating modes.

“The unique valvetrain design complements the turbocharging system to make the most of the engine’s available power at all speeds,” said Keary. “It’s a seamless integration of technologies that drivers experience as satisfying, confident performance throughout the entire engine operating range.”

The XT4 will start at $35,790 including destination charge. It goes on sale this fall.