The large midsize luxury SUV segment grows by two soon. Let’s take a quick look at how the new Cadillac XT6 and Lincoln Aviator measure up to each other
Three-row large midsize luxury SUVs are becoming a go-to segment for well-to-do families that enjoy traveling. Most probably own a cottage so what better way to take the entire family and a few friends for a weekend getaway. The arrival of the Caddy XT6 and Lincoln Aviator brings two more options to the table however they are not exactly equal.
The category includes the likes of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Infiniti QX60, BMW X7, Audi Q7 and Acura MDX. Price ranges vary a fair amount but the $70k-80 range seems like a sweet spot, with an exception or two.
The XT6 and Aviator present themselves as alternatives however only the Lincoln looks like real work went into the product. The Cadillac gives off GM’s old badge-engineered vibe with a different face. Time will tell as we expect to drive them in the near future.
Which Has The Better Powertrain?
The Cadillac XT6 will run with GM’s heavily used 3.6-litre V6. It puts out 310-horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. To it will be mated a 9-speed automatic transmission and, in Canada, AWD will be standard. We expect that it will be the same misguided system as found in the Caddy XT4 and Chevy Blazer. We will be surprised to learn that any other engine lands under the XT6’s bonnet, including the CT6’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6.
The Lincoln Aviator will depend on one of two versions of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. The base versions will get 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Touring combines the 3.0-litre with plug-in hybrid technology. Output is expected to be 450-horsepower and all of 600 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission job will be handed to Ford’s 10-speed unit and AWD will be standard.
The Cadillac will certainly have the more reliable powertrain however it pales in comparison to the Lincoln tech-wise.
Which Is More Efficient?
Fuel economy numbers are not yet available. We suspect however that the Cadillac’s V6 will return better average fuel economy numbers than the non-hybrid Lincoln. We’ll guess real-world averages will hover in the 12L to 13L/100km combined.
As for the plug-in Aviator, odds are that the numbers will be no better than 10L to 11L/100km, as always, in the real world. With a 100% charge, we’re going to guess that the Lincoln will benefit from 50 to 70km of range. In order for this to work, the batteries will be very heavy, negating any medium to long distance fuel savings.
Which is more spacious?
Both of these 3-row SUVS will offer seating for seven occupants, or optionally for six.
The Cadillac XT6 provides 1,220 litres of boot space behind the 2nd row and 357 litres behind the 3rd. The Lincoln Aviator delivers 1,184 and 518 respectively.
If towing is important, the Caddy will manage a maximum of 4,000 lbs while the Aviator hybrid is limited to 5,600 lbs and the regular can handle 6,700 lbs.
What About Style?
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is striking. The front end is handsome, and faithful to Lincoln’s current dashing image. Its profile is fantastic thanks to its pronounced rearward sloping roof line. Also, much love goes to the rear taillights which remind us of Saab vehicles.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is far more conventional. The front fascia is sharp with its narrow and refined headlights. From the side, it’s elegant and not much more. And we love Caddy’s latest taillight treatment.
The sense of effort of Ford’s behalf continues into the cabin. The design and layout is more upscale and evolved. GM threw in some nice touches but the end result is a place that seems far less special and opulent.
What is the pricing and when will they be available?
In the US, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Standard with the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 and RWD begins at $51,100. As an FYI, the Aviator Grand Touring PHEV retails for $68,800.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury with FWD starts at $52,695.
In Canada, the base Premium Luxury XT6 will include AWD and its price is set at $60,995. Canadian pricing for the Aviator is still unknown. We’re certain that AWD will also be included in the Standard trim and so, using the same logic, pricing should start just below $60,000.
Both are expected to be in showrooms by spring’s end, early summer.