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Cadillac is known for the monstrous Escalade. With the XT4, the luxury brand of General Motors of modest occur want to. This succeeds only partially, the small SUV lays down an aggressive appearance.



Fabian Hoberg

Monday, 17.09.2018
At 13:42

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The first impression:

The Cadillac XT4 threatens me? The narrow LED headlights look like the light saber of Darth Vader. You lean visually on the larger XT5, between them, a powerful grille, which is almost perpendicular. In Winter, it can clear snow to the side. A sharp Design of the unit to a pulp.

The manufacturer says:

For the first time in years, the luxury brand Cadillac will show a new car. It is one of the currently popular compact SUV. Approximately 20 percent of all new registrations are currently on this Segment. With the size, a full range of equipment and a new Diesel Cadillac is hoping for more customers. Especially since it is cheaper than a comparable car of German manufacturer. Cadillac Europe chief Felix Weller is on the attack as the vehicle itself. The XT4 will bring the market into confusion. In Europe the car is, however, until the end of 2019.

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Cadillac XT4:
A Ami shrinks with sporty

The we noticed:

Compared to the Cadillac’s flagship Escalade the XT4 looks dainty: He comes up to 4.60 meters in length and 1.63 meters in height. The roof line drops down at the rear, the rear side Windows run in a pointed, giving the car a CoupĂ©-like shape and make it visually more sporty.

Its new 2.0-litre turbo diesel shows on the data sheet good values: 237 HP and 350 Newton meters of torque. The are already from 1500 on tours and to accelerate the compact SUV in less than eight seconds to reach a speed of 100. However, the four-cylinder sounds under full load (maximum speed: 210 km/h) brought.

The taut suspension irons out deep holes loose, but still a piece of comfort. An Optional active suspension in the sports equipment continuously regulates the damping of the XT4. A four-wheel drive with dual clutch controls the power for a surcharge (2500 dollars in the United States) electronically between the two axes.

In the interior the leather-wrapped Cockpit feel, the fine stitching, the aluminium and the plastics feel high quality. In the centre console, the phone disappears in a special tray, behind it is a Tablet still fits Computer. Disappointingly small, however, the trunk is. He offers with folded rear Bank only has a capacity of 1385 litres and less than a BMW X1 (1550 litres) and VW Tiguan (1655 litres).

The car is lavishly equipped, with air conditioning, leather interior, automatic transmission, Navi, and Bose entertainment system. There are heated and ventilated massage seats, Eight-inch Touchscreen, Head-up Display, and wireless phone charging. Assistants to help when parallel Parking, Lane -change, and timely braking. The exact composition of the equipment packages for Europe are not fixed yet.

As modern technology and Design to fail, the display in the Cockpit looks old-fashioned: in Between the two analogue round instruments with a black Display hole that will be played with rough characters and letters gapes – nice is different. The map is only found in the eight-inch Touchscreen in the dashboard.

You need to know:

Cadillac has long been regarded as a neglected luxury brand in the GM group. Since 2002, new ideas come but again: at that Time, Cadillac introduced an adaptive suspension, 2015, an LTE Internet connection, this year is a rearview camera and an advanced self-driving assistant that really works and approved in the USA.

So far, the Yanks sold next to the giant SUV Escalade mainly sedans and coupes with powerful petrol engines. A product portfolio that is not in demand in Europe. The XT4 is important for the planned growth rates. The platform it shares with the Buick Envision, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. The car is currently the smallest SUV from the brand.

An exact price for Cadillac is not announced yet, but for gasoline and Diesel roughly 35,000 euros. With new retail spaces and renting of real estates is Cadillac’s then-unusual path: The fleet offer the “Book” that runs in Germany, in Munich, customers can go for monthly 1700 Euro cars from Cadillac, Camaro and Corvette as often as you like.

We will not forget:

There are Details that make the new Cadillac: the Cadillac rear view mirror camera represents the traffic conditions behind the vehicle completely. The dead angle is reduced to a Minimum. So much of the XT4 acts on other threat – the inmates, he gives a lot of security.

Vehicle registration certificate




2.0-Liter Turbo-Diesel

Nine-Speed Automatic

All-wheel drive

237 HP (177 kW)

350 Nm

From 0 to 100:
7.9 s

Maximum speed:
210 km/h

Consumption (ECE):
8.7 liters

637 liters

Of 1,385 litres

1.660 kg

4600 / 1881 / 1627

35,000 EUR

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