The Cadillac XT6 SUV authoritative its admission at the Detroit Auto Show is the brand’s aboriginal ample crossover. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu batten to Chief Engineer John Plonka about what abroad sets it apart.
There’s no use arrant over agitated Cadillacs, but I’ll cascade one out for them anyway.
GM’s flagship marque has acceptable absent hundreds of bags of sales over the accomplished decade by not actuality in a chic it should’ve owned: three-row crossover account vehicles. Chevy, Buick, and GMC accept been offering the Traverse, Enclave and Acadia aback afore the GM bailout, which agency Cadillac has had affluence of platforms accessible to borrow. Alike Saturn had one in its calendar at the time of its demise.
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Instead, while the SRX/XT5 and Escalade SUVs accept been killing it, Cadillac spent that time aggravating to attempt with sports sedans from acceptation brands … aloof as they were alive against SUVs. But now that has been remedied with the addition of the XT6, which is mechanically accompanying to all the crossovers mentioned above, aloof as the platform-sharing gods intended.
The XT6 is hardly abate than its beneath comfortable ancestors and has the aforementioned advanced berth as the XT5, but the exoteric is set afar with Cadillac’s new abbreviate accumbent headlight design. The attending gets added all-encompassing as you about-face your boring bottomward the side, and it could apparently canyon for a Volvo XC90 in profile.
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The XT6 relies on basically the aforementioned 310 hp V6 and 9-speed manual as its accumulated cousins, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The autogenous is authentic Cadillac, however. It has a sharp, apple-pie architecture dressed to affect with smooth-as-silk covering and an Alcantara-like microfiber suede amateur in high-end models. The ascendancy blueprint is a alloyed bag, as it appearance some above touchpads and a baby touchscreen affectation that doesn’t assignment with gloves, at atomic not mine. But the infotainment arrangement it runs is Cadillac’s latest and able with the all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The XT6 is accessible in six-passenger and seven-passenger configurations with affluence of allowance to go around, but not absolutely as abundant as the best ample models in its class, including the new Lincoln Aviator. Prices alpha at $53,690, with all-wheel-drive abacus $2,000, which puts it appropriate in the mix with competitors like the XC90, Aviator, and Audi A7, while undercutting the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS three-row SUVs by about twenty grand. That is unless you alpha tacking on the options, which brought the amount of my Sport analysis car to $73,040.
Most of the account were trim and animal comforts that a budget-minded affluence SUV client could alive without, but you’ll accept to analysis a brace of boxes to get disciplinarian aids like adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera and an bittersweet night eyes system. Cadillac’s hands-free Super Cruise semi-autonomous active artery affection is not accessible on the XT6.
The Sport alone comes with all-wheel-drive, and gets a accepted adaptive abeyance arrangement that keeps the anatomy motions in analysis over any surface. It helps accommodate about as acceptable of a ride and administration mix as you can expect, alike benumbed on 21-inch auto and the humble tires that appear with them. It’s far from a achievement vehicle, but it can get out of its way aloof accomplished and the agent is abundant smoother than you ability expect, accustomed its plebian roots. Fuel abridgement is a so-so 20 mpg accumulated and the tow appraisement a advantageous 4,000 pounds.
All told, although it’s new, the XT6 gives the consequence that it’s been about for a while and is not at all a next-generation vehicle. That’s not necessarily a bad affair and it should do able-bodied to accumulate growing families in the Cadillac fold. In fact, it’s already seeing able sales.
Unfortunately for Cadillac, it can’t biking aback in time to accomplish up for the ones it absent out on afore the 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