Cadillac XT6

The Cadillac XT6 is a seven-seat luxury mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by General Motors. The vehicle was introduced on January 12, 2019 at the North American International Auto Show.[1] The vehicle went on sale in June 2019 as a 2020 model, with early orders commencing prior to the launch.[2]

Overview

Rear view

The XT6 (short for Crossover Touring 6) is Cadillac’s third crossover SUV, and the largest in the XT series, slotted between the XT5 and the standard full size SUV Escalade. The XT6 is produced at GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee plant, while the Chinese-market XT6 is scheduled to be manufactured in Shanghai by SAIC-GM. The XT6 went on sale in Russia in February 2020 with 2.0L engine rated at 200 hp,[3] and is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in early 2020, albeit as a import with one model trim, six-passenger seating, and Left hand drive configuration.[4]

While it serves as the luxury counterpart to the mid-size 3-row Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave in the crossover SUV segment, the XT6 shares its wheelbase with the mid-size GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5, and Chevrolet Blazer. Cadillac describes the XT6 as a “mid-size plus” vehicle as they see the XT5 as their primary mid-size CUV.[5]

Seating

The seating configurations was intended to feature 6 seats, as Cadillac had announced that a possible full-size larger crossover SUV could be in the works, but instead made the XT6 a standard seven-seat vehicle, with the six-seat configuration an optional feature.[6]

Powertrain

The XT6 comes with a 3.6L V6 LGX engine, making 310 hp (231 kW) mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. A choice of AWD and FWD are offered. A 2.0L I4 gasoline turbo engine will be offered in the Chinese version, producing 237 hp (177 kW) and 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) torque.[7]

Trim levels

Trim levels on the XT6 include "Premium Luxury", and "Sport".

Reception

The XT6 received mixed reviews, with XT6's styling and features being particularly criticized as reviewers believed both pale in comparison to the concurrently launched Lincoln Aviator. Reviewers also criticized the lack of an optional hybrid powertrain, which is available on a number of the XT6's competitors. Car & Driver gave it a lukewarm review: "It fails to match its competitors' luxury quotients or meaningfully set itself apart from its GMC and Chevrolet-badged siblings,"[8] Cars.com called the XT6 "underwhelming,"[9] while The Drive notes "For everything the XT6 gets right, it’s hard not to think that the much more interesting Lincoln Aviator with its handsome look, posh interior, and a high-performance plug-in hybrid option is going to eat this Caddy's lunch."[10]

Sales

Calendar year United States China[11]
2019 11,559[12] 5,795

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