Since the subcompact segment is not quite a popular breed of crossovers, the changes on the new 2023 Cadillac XT4 won’t be huge. The model is out for three years already, but General Motors has more important plans. Electrification is the priority, and before we see an all-new XT4, there will be more EVs all over the GM lineup.
There are no too many buyers willing to pay $36,000 for such a small vehicle and without some high-end options. At this price, large mid-size SUVs are available. Still, the 2023 Cadillac XT4 will offer the great ability and fuel economy. On the other hand, the savings will be spent on upscale materials inside the cabin and advanced systems for the base package.
The overall impression among fans is that Cadillac still has a lot to learn. Compared to German rivals, the XT4 is not so luxurious. The single-engine is pretty potent, returning 237 horsepower. Still, a lack of options will make potential buyers look elsewhere.
The base MSRP of $36,000 for the 2023 Cadillac XT4 seems to be pretty high. But, the crossover offers some cool features, not available for standard GM vehicles. We will go through the trim levels later. The mid-range Premium Luxury already hits $40,000 and the XT4 Sport adds another grand. The 2023 YM is going to hit dealerships pretty soon after we step into 2022. Sales might start in mid-year.
2023 Cadillac XT4 Specifications
Under the bonnet of the 2023 Cadillac XT4 is laying the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The unit is good for 237 horsepower, making it a rival to BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA-Class. It also adds 258 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front axle. The XT4 is going to need 7.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a stop. You can enhance the balance and traction with an all-wheel drive system. The gas mileage is good for the highway, where the crossover returns 30 mpg. In the city, the rating drops to 24 mpg.
In the future, the company might bring a hybrid setup. Such a model would boost power outputs and fuel economy. Those are areas where the enhancement is most needed. The 2023 Cadillac XT4 Hybrid could return 30 mpg in the city drive, while also adding extra power. On the other hand, General Motors is more focused on complete electrification. Even if they start building hybrid drivetrains, the XT5 is getting it before the small XT4.
Packages and Colors
The company updated the color palette for the current version. For the 2023 Cadillac XT4, changes will reshuffle options in trim levels. Only Radiant Silver is a free color, and the base Luxury package also offers Wave, Garnet, Twilight Blue, Stellar Black, Shadow, and Autumn tints for $625, while the premium options are Infrared and Crystal White, both cost $1,225. New options are Galactic Gray, Latte, and Rosewood. Exterior colors are the same for all trim levels, and upgrading the ride brings only optional interior themes. Combinations include brown, black, and white surfaces with perforated inserts.
The base offering includes plenty of safety options, such as emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear park assists. Highlights of the Luxury package are 18-inch wheels, keyless entry, a power liftgate, and simulated leather upholstery. Those are a few reasons why the price is so high. The upcoming 2023 Cadillac XT4 will be even more packed. Premium Luxury is a $4,000 upgrade. Memory settings for driver’s bucket, rain-sensitive wipers, hands-free tailgate are notable features this package is adding. The blind-spot monitor could be available even for the Luxury edition. The XT4 Sport adds adjustable seats, sport steering wheel, special exterior accents and interior details, and red brake calipers. Of course, sportier suspension boosts the driving impression, while 20-inch wheels are an eye-catching upgrade.
2023 Cadillac XT4 vs. Competition
Three German carmakers are the biggest rivals to the US manufacturer in the subcompact class. Ford is not producing a vehicle for this segment under its premium Lincoln brand. Worth of mention is Volvo XC40. The Swedish company delivers its vehicle with an all-electric system. Infiniti discontinued QX30, while Lexus will be out in the small crossover market with the UX badge. Probably the biggest rival for the 2023 Cadillac XT4 is its larger sibling, XT5. The compact SUV draws a lot of attention. Its success led to the expansion of the XT- lineup. For now, we have smaller XT4 and bigger XT6 models. Some say that even the full-size vehicle could replace the famous Escalade.