NAIAS 2019: Three-row Cadillac XT6 SUV makes global debut

The XT6 joins the XT4 and XT5 in Cadillac’s expanding SUV lineup, offering a more car-like Escalade alternative.
Cadillac has added another SUV to its lineup with the global debut of the all-new three-row XT6 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The XT6 joins the two-row XT4 and XT5 in Caddy’s lineup, and is a non-truck-based alterative to Cadillac’s other three-row SUV, the Escalade. The 6- or 7-passenger XT6 will be available in two trims – Premium Luxury and Sport (top) – with each offering distinct interior and exterior styling aspects. The XT6 provides a host of available safety technology and should compete directly with Lincoln’s new Aviator three-row SUV.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 will be powered by GM’s 3.6L V6 engine (310 hp/231 kW) with active fuel management permitting V-4 operation in lower-load scenarios. All models will feature a 9-speed automatic and four selectable drive modes, with AWD available on the Premium Luxury model and standard on the XT6 Sport. The Sport model will also feature a “twin-clutch" AWD setup with active yaw control, a quicker steering ratio and active dampers. The Sport model will be available with 21-inch wheels, a first for a Cadillac SUV.
“The new Cadillac XT6 models provide two expressions of the signature Cadillac experience, allowing more personalized appearance and driving character,” said John Plonka, chief engineer. “Premium Luxury models provide an elevated level of refinement, while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.”
Standard safety tech on the new 2020 XT6 includes a Safety Alert seat, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert. Optional tech includes rear pedestrian alert, reverse automatic braking, hitch guidance, surround-view camera/recorder, head-up display and night vision. Though adaptive cruise control is available on the new XT6, GM's lauded Super Cruise driver assist system is not expected to make an appearance until MY 2021.
The XT6 will be available with a host of convenience and entertainment tech, including Cadillac’s first Bose “Performance Series” sound system with 14 speakers, heated/ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and steering wheel, hands-free tailgate, in-vehicle air ionizer, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless charging and Teen Driver controls.

Pricing info is expected closer to production start of the 2020 XT6 which will begin this spring, with models expected in dealerships by summer 2019. Along with the Cadillac's XT5, the XT6 will be assembled at GM’s Spring Hill Manufacturing center in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Continue reading »