Cadillac jumped the gun on the North American International Show by unveiling its brand-new mid-size three-row SUV, the new XT6.
We fantasized about a “baby Escalade”, but the 2020 XT6 is not surprisingly more like a large XT5. The newest member of Cadillac’s SUV lineup shows conservative styling, with traits inspired by both Cadillac and GM’s other brands.
We even heard some curious comments claiming that this new XT6 is just an Enclave with a Cadillac grill slapped in the front. But this new SUV packs a little bit more than the eye can see.
You guessed it, this new XT6 sits between the XT5 and the Escalade. And it is meant to replace the brand’s big sedans that motorists tend to exclude from their shopping lists these days.
This large crossover gets a third row of passengers, which makes it appealing to families who want to haul their people around in relative style. Cadillac offers two versions of this new XT6, the Premium Luxury trim and Sport trim.
Cadillac will now have three XT SUVs with the XT5, XT6 and recently-introduced Cadillac XT4 entry-level SUV.
Physically, the Premium offering comes with a “Bright Galvano” finish on the grille, side window moldings and roof rails as well as specific red taillight lenses and 20-inch wheels. The Sport variant gets a Black grille with a “V-Series-inspired pattern”, black window moldings and roof rails, tinted clear taillight lenses and available 21-inch wheels.
Both models are powered by a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that, in turn, sends the power to the standard AWD system. The powerplant outputs 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.
The 2020 XT6 has a rich standard equipment list which includes two USB ports for every row of seating, power releases for folding the second and third-row seatbacks and a power liftgate.
Standard safety equipment is also at par, with things like low-speed forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking alert, automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning.
Inside, the pictures dictate that the materials and controls are inspired by the entry-level XT4, but we won’t know fully what the all-around feel is like until we encounter and thoroughly inspect this 2020 Cadillac XT6 at the Detroit Auto Show very shortly. So stay tuned for more info and input on this new addition to the Cadillac family.