At $52,695 USD, the new 2020 Cadillac XT6 positions itself right along some stiff competition but may be ill equipped for the war.
Cadillac mentioned a while back that they were to become a heavily SUV-biased luxury brand. There’s nothing unusual about this however their latest offering seems like a misstep. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 was “quietly” unveiled at last January’s Detroit Auto Show and it wasn’t long before comments about a “rebadged” GMC Acadia began surfacing.
While unique in its styling, the 2020 Cadillac XT6, which slots at the top of Caddy’s XT line-up that includes the XT4 and XT5, is priced in such a way as to make the far more innovative, powerful and attractive Lincoln Aviator ($51,100) and established German luxury alternative Audi Q7 ($53,550) seem more interesting. That is, depending on how you feel about the Cadillac brand.
The Aviator in particular oozes desirable specs and design, not the least of which is its standard 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque 3.0-litre twin-turbo V-6 and associated 10-speed automatic transmission. By contrast, the XT6 relies on GM’s very common 3.6-litre V6 which produces 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque which is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
This is not to say the new 2020 Cadillac XT6 will lack equipment or refinement. Our fear was that GM was going to waste an opportunity to undercut the competition however we think they missed the mark and are doing it wrong.
We’ve yet to learn Canadian pricing for the XT6 and the Aviator but if we’re to use the 2019 Audi Q7’s base price of $66,300, we’ll put the XT6 and Aviator somewhere between the $61,000 and $63,000 range, give or take a grand.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 will be offered in two trims, Premier Luxury and Sport, and should land in Canadian showrooms by late May or early June. Pricing will be announced beforehand.