Yes, Cadillac is still around in Europe.
Having sold Opel and Vauxhall to French automotive conglomerate PSA back in 2017, General Motors virtually exited the European market. The Chevrolet brand has been long gone, with GM pulling the plug on the Old Continent by late 2015, albeit the Corvette C7 soldiered on in some markets. We'd like to remind you Cadillac is technically still around, but its presence is extremely reduced due to the limited dealer network.
According to CarSalesBase, Cadillac moved only 614 cars in Europe last year, down by nearly 40 percent compared to 2018. The sales numbers look even worse so far in 2020 taking into account that in the first seven months of the year, only 32 units were sold. The American luxury brand aims to juice up those numbers with the introduction of the Euro-spec XT4, its smallest crossover.
As seen in spy shots from early 2019, the XT4 is available with a diesel engine. Exclusively offered in Europe, the 2.0-litre produces 172 bhp (128 kilowatts) and 281 pound-feet (381 Newton-metres) of torque attainable from 1,500 rpm. This will be the powertrain available at first, in Launch Edition and Launch Edition Sport flavours.
Later on, a 2.0-litre petrol engine will be added to the lineup with 227 bhp (169 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) on tap. It has the same torque as its American cousin, but the horsepower count is down by 10 bhp. Both engines are hooked up to a nine-speed automatic transmission and work with a front- or all-wheel-drive layout.
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Cadillac will have the XT4 on sale in Europe from October 10, with pricing in Germany for the front-wheel-drive-only Launch Edition kicking off from €42,900. Go for the Launch Edition Sport and the price will rise to €47,100 while adding AWD availability.