Finally, Cadillac has an SUV to compete with popular little luxury rivals like the BMW X1 and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Based on the fact that SUVs are the only Cadillacs being bought today, the XT4 2019 should help get more foot traffic in showrooms. There is only one thing: you can not get the XT4 with the outstanding Cadillac Super Cruise driver assistance system.
Super Cruise debuted last year on the flagship CT6 and we found it distinguishes Cadillac from any other brand that markets a semi-autonomous driving system. It uses cameras, sensors and mapping data to keep drivers' hands off the wheel for a while, but has an infrared camera to make sure the eyes stay on the road. A more comprehensive driver assistance system than Tesla's and Volvo's, Super Cruise should be Cadillac's way to break out of old stereotypes and introduce the brand to a new customer. Instead, they are currently doing another compact SUV.
It's also strange that Cadillac does not even offer the system on CT6 V-Sport, which will also be featured on this year's show. While V-Sport has more power and a more aggressive personality, it's probably the most expensive version of the CT6. Should not that mean it gets all the options of this car?
A Cadillac spokesman said The Verge that the CT6 V-Sport Super Cruise is missing due to "packing" phenomena, however, rejected the drafting. Some of them have to do with hiding the cameras and sensors to get the system working in the revised V-Sport front-end compared to the standard CT6 models. And in any case, customers looking for a CT6 V-Sport are more likely to be interested in driving a 550 hp sedan out of a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8.
And even if the XT4 does not break new ground in terms of semi-autonomy, it is still a sharp thing covered with lights. It has a low, slightly curved appearance that somehow interacts with Cadillac's theme of upright grids and lights. It's also a good size, which is also a surprise for a brand known for their huge Escalade SUV. And the XT4 comes with a wireless charging pad for cell phones, which could be useful.
There seem to be super-cruise commercials playing all the time, with the brand driving technology and performance as well. But if you can not get the technology on most vehicles, how will anyone know? Other automakers have slowly but surely democratized their semi-autonomous technology. Nissan, for example, distributes its ProPilot Assist in mainstream models like Altima, Rogue and Leaf ̵
But hey, a small, orange SUV might work as well.