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Cadillac launching XT4-V in 2020?

It could pack 320 horsepower.

Cadillac is allegedly working on a hotter evolution of the XT4 crossover, and a leak has given us our first look at the model well before its unveiling. Tentatively called XT4-V, the hot-rodded soft-roader is tentatively scheduled to go on sale in 2020.

Enthusiast website Cadillac Society explained it obtained two photos of the XT4-V from anonymous sources. The publication is taking the images with a grain of salt, and so are we. They show the back end of an XT4 wearing a V emblem, and a 2.7 T logo. We also see quad exhaust tips, and a carbon fiber insert in the hatch.

The V emblem's placement corresponds to a pair of teaser sketches (pictured above) that Cadillac released in October of 2018. The sketches didn't show a 2.7 T logo, however and the leaked images don't show the model's exhaust tips.

The 2.7 T logo is out of line with Cadillac's latest naming system, but it hints the XT4-V is powered by a turbocharged, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine already found in the CT4-V. It makes 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque in the CT4-V, so it could generate the same output in the XT4-V. To add context, the standard XT4's 2.0-liter turbo four delivers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options remain unconfirmed, but it's worth noting the 2.7-liter shifts through a 10-speed automatic in the CT4. It's mounted longitudinally, though.

Cadillac hasn't commented on the images, and it hasn't announced plans to add a V-badged XT4 to its line-up of models. Keep in mind V now stands for mid-range models, like AMG's 53-badged cars, and full-fat performance models (like the now-defunct ATS-V) will likely be badged Blackwing moving forward.

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