Cadillac’s future might be electric because the people at General Motors are seemingly out of ideas on what else to do with it, but it has to pay for that future somehow. For now, that means doubling down on the big crossovers and SUVs people are buying in droves. Key to that is this—the all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6, the biggest Cadillac luxury people-mover that isn’t an Escalade.
The XT6 was revealed on the internet late last night and will be Cadillac’s big debut of the Detroit Auto Show, which begins in earnest tomorrow. It joins the smaller XT4 and XT5 in rounding out Cadillac’s all-important crossover lineup—the brand suffered greatly as of late for being heavy on sedans at a time when nobody is buying those.
At 198.8 inches long, the XT6 is comparable to the Lexus RX350L and other large three-row crossovers. Visually it reminds me quite a bit of the Volvo XC90, although that’s not a bad place to be.
It’s powered by the familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 310 horsepower, comes with a nine-speed automatic and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. Underneath it’s on the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, but presumably with more luxury appointments and safety tech. Options here include adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, night vision and more.
Curiously, as Motor 1 pointed out, GM’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise system—as of yet seen only on the recently cancelled CT6—is not even mentioned in the initial release. Perhaps it’s coming later, or GM’s being extra conservative in its rollout of those technologies as people get wise to the fact that robot cars aren’t just two years away.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but I’d guess it will start in the mid- to upper- $40,000 range given the segment it’s in. We generally like the XT5 but found the XT4 to be quite wanting, and distinctly un-Cadillac-like, so hopefully the same missteps won’t be made here. Then again, if it makes money, who cares?