NEW YORK – Cadillac has unveiled the 2019 XT4, its all-new compact SUV, at the New York Auto Show.

The XT4 uses an also-new 2.0L turbocharged engine, producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Its compact SUV platform is an entirely new design.

The new engine features twin-scroll turbos and a “tri-power” system that Cadillac says is a first in the industry. Its three operating modes include high or low valve lift, and Active Fuel Management that deactivates cylinders under light load for improved fuel efficiency.

All-wheel drive will be available, along with an active sport suspension. The XT4 also uses a first-for-Cadillac electro-hydraulic brake assist system to supplement the conventional vacuum-assist system. Cadillac says it will save fuel and also takes up less space in the engine bay.

The company said the XT4 marks the beginning of a product launch that will unveil a new Cadillac model once every six months until 2021.

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The XT4 introduces a new trim program, with the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trims receiving distinctive styling cues and finishes to set them apart. There will also be a high-performance V-Series version.

The XT4’s features include front and rear LED lighting, wireless device charging, sport-style seats, and available massaging seats.

For the first time, the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment system will be operated by a dial – no more fiddly touch-spots on the centre console – and the vehicle controls have been simplified for easier operation. The voice control system has cloud capability and can be updated as needed for evolving connectivity requirements. WiFi and connected navigation will be available.

The XT4 will be built at GM’s Fairfax Assembly in Kansas City. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.