Cadillac is quickly adding to its crossover lineup to seize on the global crossover craze. First the brand launched the XT4 compact crossover last year, now the brand is upsizing with a new full-size crossover called the XT6. While it looks attractive and is loaded with technology, its powertrain may leave it at the back of the luxury pack.
“The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.”
As noted with the 2019 CT6 sedan, Cadillac is quickly proliferating the design language found on the Escala Concept from a few years ago to its production models. This means slim horizontal lamps flank a bold, upright shield grille design. Like the XT4, the XT6 will be offered in both Luxury and Sport trim levels; both offering a unique look for their respective target audience.
Cadillac has gotten good at layering on technology on its new products and the XT6 is no different. Cadillac is offering advanced adaptive cruise control, night vision, NFC phone pairing and a whole lot more. This technology is packed within an interior that appears to be on-par with other recent Cadillac’s, including the CT6 flagship.
Unique, exotic woods are layered in with leather and other premium materials. The overall interior design is almost a mix of CT6 and XT4, with a more generous mix of high-end materials to reflect its higher price tag.
For now, Cadillac will launch the all-new XT6 with GM’s well-known 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is identical to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, both of which share their underlying architecture with the 2020 XT6.
Considering the 2020 Lincoln Aviator is coming standard with a 400 horsepower engine, the new XT6 may find it difficult to keep up with luxury competitors when it arrives in dealerships this spring.
GM will produce the 2020 Cadillac XT6 at its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant.