Exterior of the electrical Lyriq, the Cadillac crossover SUV world has been fairly quiet, however that will not be the case for lengthy. One in every of our spy photographers caught this compact prototype out testing. Whereas not particularly previous, coming into its fourth mannequin 12 months, we’ve got purpose to consider this can be a brand new, or at the very least closely revised XT4. It seems fairly good, too.
We spent a very long time this and the present XT4 in profile, and plainly the scale is shut, from the wheelbase to the overhangs. So it does not appear to be it will be an XT5 substitute, or one thing like an XT3 that might slot beneath the XT4. That additionally suggests it might nonetheless be on the identical platform, probably the identical powertrain. However the form does look considerably totally different. The nostril and roof line look decrease, and the rear hatch space does not look as upright. The aspect home windows have been reprofiled with a major kink on the rear, which is analogous to the present XT4’s cousin, the Buick Envision.
Trying nearer, this doable XT4 successor has another attention-grabbing design modifications. The grille has a fantastic mesh texture, and the badge is kind of massive. The grille additionally seems greater, crisper, and blends into the headlight part like a mix of the Escala idea and the Lyriq. The headlights appear to have the cut up design that is so en vogue, with the styled working lights up high, and the precise forward-illuminating lights positioned decrease. On the again, the C/D-pillar taillights stick round, since that is a working design function throughout a number of Cadillac fashions.
Because the XT4 is simply about 4 years previous, we’re anticipating the manufacturing model of this SUV to be revealed probably someday subsequent 12 months, with the manufacturing mannequin most likely coming as much as a 12 months later as a 2024 or 2025 mannequin. It might be a completely new mannequin, however we predict it’s going to simply be a closely revised model of the present mannequin, so most likely nonetheless front-drive based mostly with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a nine-speed computerized transmission.