2020 Cadillac XT6 Review

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2020 Cadillac XT6 Overview

Until recently, there’s been a huge gap in Cadillac’s SUV lineup. You’d need nearly twice as much money to jump from the midsize two-row XT5 to the full-size three-row Escalade. Realizing a lost opportunity, Cadillac introduced its all-new XT6, a three-row crossover that slots neatly between the XT5 and Escalade, for 2020.

The new XT6 measures 198.8 inches long and 77.3 inches wide, putting it in the same class as the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Lexus RX L, and Volvo XC90. Cadillac focused on combining luxury and utility across all three rows. Remote-folding second-row and power-folding third-row seating come standard with every XT6 and cargo capacity is impressive, with 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 43.1 behind the second, and 78.7 behind the first.

The XT6 is split into Premium Luxury and Sport trims. The Premium Luxury Design comes with chrome exterior accents and red taillights, while the Sport gets aggressive details inspired by Cadillac’s V performance range of vehicles, such as darker accents, tinted taillights, special front and rear fascias, and optional 21-inch wheels. The Sport Design also benefits from a performance-oriented suspension and drivetrain. Inside, the Premium Luxury trim comes with handsome wood decor, which the Sport trades for carbon fiber accents.

All XT6s house a 3.6-liter V6 engine estimated to make 310 horsepower, sending power to the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. While front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard, you can specify an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, with optional technology like twin-clutches, yaw control, and active suspension. The engine also borrows the Active Fuel Management technology from Cadillac’s larger V8 engines, allowing it to run on just four cylinders when full power isn’t needed. As of this writing, no official fuel-economy ratings are available.

The XT6 also features thoughtful and seamless in-car connectivity. A new 8-inch HD color LCD display sits front and center. Notably, the XT6’s controller debuts with a new “jog” function that lets the user tilt the control knob like a joystick in order to navigate between items on the screen. Thanks to the optional Near-Field Communication (NFC) feature, you can pair a phone to the XT6 in just a few seconds and forgo USB cables with the optional 15-watt wireless charging system. Should you need to hardwire anything in, there are two USB ports in each row. You can even save your vehicle preferences to the cloud, and then apply them in other compatible vehicles. Beyond that, 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM 360L support come on every XT6.

The basic XT6 is opulent enough, with standard features like bi-function LED projector headlights, 20-inch wheels, keyless and remote start, and leather upholstery. Optional features include semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a Bose sound system with 14 custom-tuned speakers, an air ionizer, a heated steering wheel, keyless access, and a hands-free liftgate with an illuminated Cadillac crest.

On the safety front, Cadillac has its bases covered with the XT6. It boasts a wide range of standard items that’s almost as long as the vehicle itself: a self-washing reversing camera, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, a following-distance indicator, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning, and a safety-alert seat that vibrates on either side to warn of cross traffic in that direction. The list of add-on features includes a rear-view-camera mirror, enhanced automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated parking, rear pedestrian alert, a 360-degree camera system with a record function, a head-up display (HUD), night vision, reverse automatic braking, and trailer-hitch guidance.

The new Cadillac XT6 fills a hole in the brand’s lineup, offering three-row seating for those who don’t want to jump up to the Escalade. It does that with a magic combination of handsome styling, a competent powertrain, ample levels of connectivity, and remarkable safety; it should be a hit when it debuts later in 2019. In the meantime, stay tuned for additional specifications, fuel-economy and safety ratings, and detailed options lists.

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