New Cadillac XT4 SUV could be brought to Europe

The Cadillac XT4 SUV

American firm unveils compact SUV, as it bids to capitalise on rising global sales

The new Cadillac XT4, a compact SUV that the firm is considering bringing to the European market, has been launched at the New York motor show.

The XT4 will go on sale in the USA in the autumn, with prices starting at $35,790 [£25,500].

It will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 237hp and up to 258lb ft of torque, and features a nine-speed automatic gearbox and optional all-wheel-drive. Cadillac estimates a combined 32.4 UK mpg.

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Cadillac is owned by General Motors, which last year sold its largest UK brand, Vauxhall, to the PSA Group. Cadillac has previously focused on large saloons and SUVs, and company bosses believe the XT4 could appeal far more to European buyers. The firm currently has just two official UK dealers.

The five-seater is 4599mm long, 1881mm wide and 1627mm high, with a wheelbase of 2779mm. It features MacPherson strut suspension at the front, with five-link independent struts at the rear. Active sport suspension will be available as an option.

It will be offered in three trim levels, all of which feature LED lighting. Wheels will be 18in as standard, with optional 20in versions available. Interiors feature an optional 8in HD infotainment screen and a Bose sound system. Cadillac claims 637 litres of boot space, which expands to 1385 litres once the rear seats are folded.

Cadillac has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, with its year-on-year sales growing by 15.5% in 2017, largely fuelled by a 50.8% growth in China. It’s most popular model is the larger XT5.

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