The XT6 is Cadillac’s subsequent vast thing
The Cadillac XT6 SUV creation a entrance during a Detroit Auto Show is a brand’s initial vast crossover. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu spoke to Chief Engineer John Plonka about what else sets it apart.
There’s no use great over spilled Cadillacs, though I’ll flow one out for them anyway.
GM’s flagship marque has expected mislaid hundreds of thousands of sales over a past decade by not being in a category it should’ve owned: three-row crossover application vehicles. Chevy, Buick, and GMC have been offering the Traverse, Enclave and Acadia given before a GM bailout, that means Cadillac has had copiousness of platforms accessible to borrow. Even Saturn had one in a lineup during a time of a demise.
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Instead, while a SRX/XT5 and Escalade SUVs have been murdering it, Cadillac spent that time perplexing to contest with sports sedans from import brands … usually as they were changeable toward SUVs. But now that has been remedied with a introduction of a XT6, that is mechanically associated to all a crossovers mentioned above, usually as a platform-sharing gods intended.
The XT6 is somewhat smaller than a reduction lush siblings and has a same front cabin as a XT5, though a extraneous is set detached with Cadillac’s new slim plane headlight design. The demeanour gets some-more general as we change your gawk down a side, and it could substantially pass for a Volvo XC90 in profile.
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The XT6 relies on fundamentally a same 310 hp V6 and 9-speed delivery as a corporate cousins, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The interior is pristine Cadillac, however. It has a sharp, purify pattern dressed to stir with smooth-as-silk leather and an Alcantara-like microfiber suede superstar in high-end models. The control blueprint is a churned bag, as it facilities some nonchalant touchpads and a tiny touchscreen arrangement that doesn’t work with gloves, during slightest not mine. But a infotainment complement it runs is Cadillac’s latest and versed with a all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The XT6 is accessible in six-passenger and seven-passenger configurations with copiousness of room to go around, though not utterly as many as a many atmospheric models in a class, including a new Lincoln Aviator. Prices start during $53,690, with all-wheel-drive adding $2,000, that puts it right in a brew with competitors like a XC90, Aviator, and Audi A7, while undercutting a BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS three-row SUVs by around twenty grand. That is unless we start tacking on a options, that brought a cost of my Sport exam automobile to $73,040.
Most of a extras were trim and quadruped amenities that a budget-minded oppulance SUV customer could live without, though you’ll have to check a integrate of boxes to get motorist aids like adaptive journey control, a 360-degree camera and an infrared night prophesy system. Cadillac’s hands-free Super Cruise semi-autonomous pushing highway underline is not accessible on a XT6.
The Sport usually comes with all-wheel-drive, and gets a customary adaptive cessation complement that keeps a physique motions in check over any surface. It helps yield about as good of a float and doing brew as we can expect, even roving on 21-inch wheels and a low-profile tires that come with them. It’s distant from a opening vehicle, though it can get out of a approach usually excellent and a engine is many smoother than we competence expect, given a plebian roots. Fuel economy is a so-so 20 mpg total and a draw rating a healthy 4,000 pounds.
All told, nonetheless it’s new, a XT6 gives a sense that it’s been around for a while and is not during all a next-generation vehicle. That’s not indispensably a bad thing and it should do good to keep flourishing families in a Cadillac fold. In fact, it’s already saying clever sales.
Unfortunately for Cadillac, it can’t transport behind in time to make adult for a ones it missed out on before a XT6 arrived.
2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport AWD
Base price: $58,090
As tested: $73,040
Type: 6- to 7-passenger, four-door, all-wheel-drive SUV
Engine: 3.6-liter V6
Power: 310 hp, 271 lb-ft
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
MPG: 17 city/24 hwy