Cadillac shows its vision of urban luxury with the first-ever XT4 crossover

Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d write: Cadillac is thinking small. General Motors’ luxury division introduced the first-ever XT4 crossover ahead of its official debut at the New York Auto Show. It slots under the XT5 as the company’s smallest and most affordable soft-roader.

In terms of size, Cadillac positioned the XT4 between BMW’s X1 and X3 models. It embraces the brand’s latest design language with styling cues such as sharp headlights with integrated LED running lights that stretch into the bumper and a wide shield-shaped grille. The back end looks even more striking thanks to hockey stick-shaped lights that run up the c-pillars. Cadillac played the curb appeal card; whether you love it or hate it, it’s difficult to deny the XT4 has presence.

The XT4 takes a big leap forward when it comes to in-car technology. The dashboard houses a big touchscreen with a smartphone-like menu. It runs the latest generation of Cadillac’s infotainment system. The brand promises the software boasts faster response times, improved voice recognition, and compatibility with an over-the-air updating system. The list of available tech features also includes a 15-watt wireless phone charger and a 4G LTE connection.

Pop the hood and you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 232 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm, and it spins the XT4’s front wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can order all-wheel drive at an extra cost. Cadillac estimates the turbo four returns 25 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg in a combined cycle.

Built in Kansas, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 will go on sale in the fall. At launch, the lineup will include three trim levels named Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport, respectively. Pricing starts at $35,790.

The XT4 isn’t the only new model the company is displaying in New York, its adopted home town. It shares floor space with the updated 2019 CT6 sedan which gains an updated design, more tech features, and a brand-new 4.2-liter V8. Both cars kick off a bold model offensive that represents the next step in the brand’s renaissance.

“[The XT4] sets off a dramatic expansion and elevation of the product range that will see a new Cadillac virtually once every six months through 2021,” company boss Johan de Nysschen said in a statement. Recent rumors claim one of the products the brand has in the pipelines is a flagship sedan positioned above the aforementioned CT6 and inspired by the gorgeous Escala concept.

Product Review

2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers German refinement and tech at an affordable price

With enough tech to make villains jealous, the Volkswagen Jetta punches above its class as a forward-thinking sedan. Spacious, comfortable, and efficient, the Jetta is a refined offering. German refinement comes with a serious attitude.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.
Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?

2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sedan gets turbocharged power, chiseled looks

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 replaces the CTS in the General Motors luxury brand's lineup. Cadillac will unveil the CT5 at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April. Until then, it's keeping most details under wraps.

This modified Land Rover Discovery is heading to Africa to help fight malaria

A Land Rover Discovery will be used by the Mobile Malaria Project for a 3,900-mile trek across Africa to study malaria. The SUV is equipped with a mobile gene-sequencing laboratory, as well as everything necessary for serious off-roading.

Volvo wants to use speed limiters, in-car cameras, and data to reduce crashes

Volvo believes new tech is the best way to improve car safety. The Swedish automaker will let owners set speed limits when loaning out their cars, install cameras to monitor drivers, and use data to design better safety features.
Product Review

The Ferrari Portofino is the super stallion you’ll want to drive every day

With the introduction of the Portofino, Ferrari addresses the California T’s stylistic shortcomings while improving comfort, convenience, and performance. There’s little “entry-level” about this super stallion.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased way ahead of its November debut

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is coming to the United States, eventually. The new compact BMW won't be unveiled until the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Gran Coupe will be based on a front-wheel drive platform.

Tesla lets you skip the dealership, order a car from the comfort of your couch

Tesla has always bypassed traditional dealerships, and it has now adopted an online-only sales model that lets customers configure and order their car without leaving their couch. Here's what you need to know.

Autonomous shuttle rides coming to New York City via Optimus Ride

Workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NY City will soon be able to make their way around the 300-acre industrial park in Optimus Ride's self-driving shuttles. The tech startup says it's the first trial of its kind in the state.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group uses Microsoft cloud platform for connected cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is launching a new cloud platform for its cars. Based on Microsoft Azure, the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will enable features like connected services and over-the-air updates.

The 2019 Toyota C-HR gains a popular tech feature as its price comes down

Toyota has updated the C-HR, its entry-level crossover, by adding an entry-level trim level to the lineup. Every model regardless of price also comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay.

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an exercise in form-over-function design

Porsche expanded its lineup of SUVs with a swoopier evolution of the Cayenne named Cayenne Coupe. Don't let the name fool you: it still has four doors. It stands out with a fastback-like roofline that's lower than the Cayenne's.
Product Review

Chris is the virtual co-pilot phone-obsessives need in their car

Driving while using your phone is dangerous, and often illegal. Meet Chris, the digital assistant for your car that wants to help keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road.