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    Cadillac XT6 Offers Barely-Competitive Fuel Economy

    Source: AutoVerdict
    May 26, 2019
    by Nick Saporito


    The Cadillac XT6 has had a rough go from its initial reveal. It was revealed around the same time as a much classier competitor--the Lincoln Aviator--and then its price tag came in higher than the nicer Aviator. Now, XT6's fuel economy is coming is really underwhelming.*

    XT6 is powered by GM's well-known 3.6-liter V-6 with identical power ratings to the XT5, which is rated at 310 horsepower. According to its newly minted EPA ratings, the front-wheel-drive XT5 will have fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway or 20 mpg combined. Add all-wheel-drive and those ratings drop to 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.*

    Granted, the XT6 is a big SUV, but most of its competitors offer better fuel economy. For example, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE averages 21 mpg combined, despite having significantly more power. A similar story holds true for the Acura MDX and Audi Q7, which have 23 mpg and 21 mpg combined ratings, respectively.*

    So why does it appear Cadillac isn't even trying with the XT6? Well, the brand clearly wanted to get a three-row crossover out quickly. The XT6 shares many components--basically its entire interior--with the smaller XT5. The shared resources and engine across the two Cadillac crossovers are unquestionably financial perks to the brand.*

    The question for Cadillac is if the financial benefit is worth the opportunity cost of bringing your B-game to one of the hottest market segments. The consumer will decide this once the XT6 hits the market later this year.*

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    I think only offering the 3.6 is a mistake. Particularly without a performance boost. I hope they offer a V variant with the Blackwing to compete with the AMG & M models

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    Quote Originally Posted by donmateo View Post
    I think only offering the 3.6 is a mistake. Particularly without a performance boost. I hope they offer a V variant with the Blackwing to compete with the AMG & M models
    I agree. It wouldn't be so bad had the Aviator not come on-board with a 400 HP base engine...

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    XT6 just looks like a half baked product and the 3.6 as the only engine choice is not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donmateo View Post
    I think only offering the 3.6 is a mistake. Particularly without a performance boost. I hope they offer a V variant with the Blackwing to compete with the AMG & M models
    Given the transverse FWD platform, I'm guessing the V8 would be costly to use. But GM has a couple of TTV6s that should be much easier to use, including the 3.6TT already used in the XTS with over 400 hp and a tone of torque (which matters more for this application).

    A TTV6 and performance hybrid tech would all the XT6 to line up better with competitors. And, in this market, the FWD basis of the platform won't really matter much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone View Post
    Given the transverse FWD platform, I'm guessing the V8 would be costly to use. But GM has a couple of TTV6s that should be much easier to use, including the 3.6TT already used in the XTS with over 400 hp and a tone of torque (which matters more for this application).

    A TTV6 and performance hybrid tech would all the XT6 to line up better with competitors. And, in this market, the FWD basis of the platform won't really matter much.
    That's a fair point. I think a TTV6 would be a good optional engine. I have the 3.6 in my Impala and it's a good engine, but at this tier and with a heavier SUV, I think 310 is just not enough.

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