The company’s compact luxury crossover has been around for a couple of years and it looks like the next-year 2021 Cadillac XT4 will carry on in the same way. Simply, it’s still early for some more significant updates, so we are about to see a few minor tweaks only. Those will be mostly in terms of the new standard equipment, as each trim is about to come with a couple of novelties. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.
All this means that you may count on a crossover that has both strong and weak points. When it comes to good things, the styling is attractive, while the cabin is spacious and good-looking as well. On the other side, this model falls behind competitors in terms of refinement, sound insulation and overall driving experience. The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is about to hit the market by the end of the year.
What’s new for the 2021 Cadillac XT4?
The 2021 Cadillac XT4 comes with only a handful of novelties. We are about to see some interesting novelties in terms of standard features, but most of the things are about to remain the same. One of the nice additions for the next year is the power liftgate, which is now standard in all models. Also, the Driver Awareness package has been added to the base model. It includes a couple of useful safety features, such as automatic high beams and lane keep assist.
When it comes to higher trim levels, the Sport trim comes with new, painted red calipers, as well as with new side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The Premium Luxury trim also comes with new side mirrors.
Finally, you may count on a couple of new color options, Infrared Tintcoat and Wave Metallic.
2021 Cadillac XT4 Redesign
As there are just a couple of notable novelties, it’s not hard to conclude that the base layout of the 2021 Cadillac XT4 will remain the same. You may count on a familiar design, which is based on the company’s well-known E2 platform. This architecture is mostly used for sedans and similar passenger cars, while the XT4 is one of the rare crossovers that rides on it. That may be one of the reasons for the model’s firm ride, which certainly has a negative impact on comfort and ride quality. Handling isn’t particularly great either.
On the other side, aesthetics are definitely a strong point of this crossover. It looks very attractive and pretty fresh, despite that it has been around for a couple of years. With new colors, the level of customization becomes higher, while there are also notable styling differences between trim levels.
Changes on the inside won’t come either and that’s both good and bad. Simply, this cabin is a perfect example of a mixed bag.
We will start with bad things first and they mostly refer to the quality. This crossover doesn’t feature the level of quality you would expect from something that comes with a premium badge. Many areas feature lower-grade materials, though the general impression seems okay. Also, the infotainment system would use some improvement. Still, the biggest drawback is definitely the sound insulation, which is rather on part with mainstream models. Simply, there is too much noise that comes both from the engine, and from wind and road.
On the other side, you may count on one of the most spacious cabins in the segment. Both rows are generous in leg and headroom, while the seats are massive and comfortable. The cargo area also offers some pretty solid numbers. You may count on about 22.5 cubic feet behind the second row and the total volume of nearly 49 cubic feet.
2021 Cadillac XT4 Engine
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. Therefore, you may count on a familiar, newer version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to either front or all wheels. Driving dynamics are generally good, though many rivals offer sportier versions.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on typical ratings for the class. This crossover returns around 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive, while AWD models are slightly thirstier.
2021 Cadillac XT4 Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, the 2021 Cadillac XT4 will hit the market sometime late in the year. We don’t expect price changes either, so base versions should go around 37.000 dollars. Some of the key rivals are models like BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3, though this model also competes with bigger models like Acura RDX.