The Cadillac family grew by one vehicle on Tuesday with the debut of the first-ever XT4 compact crossover.
The new model -- set to go on sale this fall -- will serve as a crucial entry point to the Cadillac brand which has fewer crossover and SUV models than nearly any other luxury automaker.
Its $35,790 starting price makes the XT4 the cheapest vehicle Cadillac sells; it will slot below the current XT5 and Escalade in the crossover/SUV lineup.
The XT4 was revealed Tuesday night on the eve of the 2018 New York Auto Show. It will compete against a variety of entry-level, luxury crossovers, like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Acura RDX (which is also debuting in production form at the N.Y. show), Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX.
Under the XT4’s hood will be a new Cadillac 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 237 horsepower and cylinder deactivation for better fuel economy. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive will be optional. Cadillac says it expects front-wheel-drive models to hit 30 mpg in highway driving.
All models will come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, near-field communication (a method of instantly connecting your smartphone to the vehicle without using Bluetooth), faux-leather seats, power front seats and a backup camera and parking sensors.
The XT4 will offer optional goodies like 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a navigation system, an adaptive suspension system, a Bose audio system, sunroof and active safety features such as adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking.