We recently returned from Detroit, where we witnessed GM unveil the updated Cadillac XT4. Many new features have been implemented, and various styling cues have been enhanced. The standout feature of the Cadillac is undoubtedly its enormous 33-inch diagonal LED colour touch screen. It even comes equipped with a click wheel for those who prefer not to leave any fingerprints on their screen. The screen may seem familiar because it is identical to the one on the LYRIQ with a 9K resolution, yep, 9K, you read that right. Another highlight is the AKG 14 audio system speakers.
We also got a demo of the new Google Build-In, which, as some of you may know, will replace the Apple Car Play and Android Auto. We are still determining if people are going to be comfortable giving that feature. It's worth noting that the updated XT4 is equipped with 5G hotspot functionalities that can accommodate up to seven simultaneous connections. Great for those long family road trips. Additionally, the XT4 is still best in class for 2nd-row legroom.
As a standard feature, the interior now boasts ambient lighting, and Cadillac has placed great importance on its design. In fact, we were flown to Detroit to catch a sneak peek at their design center. Their commitment to interior excellence is clearly evidenced. During the event, we had the opportunity to see the Celestiq, which is the epitome of luxury within the Cadillac product line.
The power remains the same, with a 235hp, 2.0L turbo engine and a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft or 350Mn, which is indicated by the badge on the back of the vehicle. By default, the car comes with front-wheel drive. However, for an additional cost of $3000, you can choose to upgrade to AWD. The XT4 is a highly sought-after vehicle with a starting price of $44,798 CAD, which makes it an attractive option for many. It is now the best-selling Cadillac in Canada, with an increase of 20% over last year. A significant proportion of the new XT4 owners are newcomers to the brand, including those who have upgraded from other consumer products and even switched from German competitors.
The refresh also adds over a dozen standard safety and driver assistance features. Out of all the features, the side bicyclist alert was our favourite. It notifies you if a cyclist is in your blind spot, even when the car is turned off. What we have yet to see on the XT4 and what Cadillac didn't wish to share more information about was Super Cruise and Ultra Cruise. Currently, the vehicle lacks this feature, which isn't present in any of its competitors. Competitive cost restraints were provided for reasons for the lack of this feature at this time.
At this present day, Cadillac has not provided any information on a Mild-Hybrid system or an electric version. However, they have made a commitment to having a completely electric fleet by 2030.
Check out the review we did on the 2022 XT4 here, stay tuned for the Cadillac Escalade IQ, which will be presented on August 9, 2023 in New York City.