Engineers retuned the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre four-cylinder mill — utilizing smaller and lighter pistons, optimized valves and fuel injectors, a dual-mass flywheel, fresh exhaust system and a higher transmission final drive ratio — to create 17-per-cent extra horsepower.
“The first-ever Cadillac XT4 expands our successful SUV lineup toa segment where Cadillac has never been before,” says former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen.
A sport-meets-luxury theme is echoed inside the cabin — brushed aluminum is sprinkled throughout, as is the suede-like Race-Tex material found on the redesigned heated multifunction steering wheel with integrated paddle shifters.
As a result, car shoppers on Labor Day weekend will face higher prices and a limited selection whether they are shopping for new or used. Average transaction prices continue to be at record highs, according to Edmunds data. In June, the average transaction price for a new vehicle was $42,331, an increase of 8.6% from last year.
A handful of automakers have recently come out with new performance-tuned sedans that have upgraded engines and more responsive handling to make driving fun. Edmunds’ experts have selected their five favorite models under $35,000.