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News 2021 Cadillac XT6 Gets New Base Trim Level and Engine

2021 Cadillac XT6 Gets New Base Trim Level and Engine

The Luxury trim level swaps the V6 engine for a turbocharged four.

  • 2021 Cadillac XT6 gets new base Luxury trim level.
  • Entry-level XT6 will be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 237 horsepower.
  • XT6 Luxury to start at $48,990 in the United States.

Filling the void between the midsize Cadillac XT5 and the full-size Cadillac Escalade, the three-row XT6 is the fourth and latest addition to the brand’s utility vehicle lineup. It went on sale last fall, and now, General Motors is already announcing changes to the 2021 Cadillac XT6, which competes with the Lincoln Aviator, the Volvo XC90, the Acura MDX and the Infiniti QX60.

As a matter of fact, it’s more an addition than a change, as a new Luxury trim level will be introduced for the upcoming model year. This entry-level edition will feature some bright accenting on the outside, as is the case with the fancier Premium Luxury variant, along with aluminum interior trim instead of wood inlays, or carbon fibre as found in the XT6 Sport variant.

2020 Cadillac XT6
2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 Luxury is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four that develops 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque—same one as in the Cadillac XT4—along with a nine-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive in the United States. It’s unclear for now whether AWD will be standard or available for Canadian-spec models. As a reminder, the other XT6 trims boast a 310-horsepower, 3.6-litre V6 engine.

Standard features include an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Jet Black leatherette upholstery, a second-row bench seat for seven-passenger seating, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control and driver’s seat position memory. The Luxury version also benefits from a slew of advanced safety features like autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, automatic high beams, Safety Alert Seat as well as front and rear park assist.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport

There are other improvements to the overall 2021 Cadillac XT6 lineup as well. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is now included on all trims, there’s a new 20-inch wheel design for the Sport variant—joining the existing selection of wheels that includes a set of 21 inchers—and new paint colours: Dark Moon Blue Metallic and Infrared Tintcoat.

In the U.S., the 2021 Cadillac XT6 Luxury will start at $48,990 and hit dealerships in the fall of 2020. The XT6 Premium Luxury is currently listed at $53,690—or $55,690 with AWD—while the Sport starts at $58,090.

No word yet on Canadian availability and pricing.

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