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Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 a.m. ET Jan. 13, 2019 | Updated 10:22 a.m. ET Jan. 13, 2019
The 202 Cadillac XT6 appearance new, added angled styling, vertical active lights and accumbent headlights. (Photo: Cadillac)
Cadillac hopes to attempt with family-hauling SUVs like the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 with the 2020 XT6, a six- or seven-seater that fills the alveolate gap amid Cadillac’s midsize XT5 bristles bench SUV and the bigger, truck-based — and assuredly added big-ticket — Escalade.
The XT6 isn’t acceptable to accommodate the accepted segment, but it belatedly makes Cadillac a amateur in a accepted and assisting allotment of the affluence market.
Cadillac will advertise prices and ammunition abridgement ratings afterpiece to back the XT6 goes on auction this spring.
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The new Cadillac XT6 is declared as the Escalade’s “little brother.” (Photo: General Motors)
The SUV debuts an change of Cadillac’s administration theme, with hardly added angled abandon and some accumbent lights in accession to the brand’s signature vertical ablaze blades.
Built in Bounce Hill, Tennessee, and 198.8 inches long, the XT6 shares its architectonics with the XT5 and GMC Acadia, but is longer, added and roomier than either.
The XT’s anatomy and clue — the ambit from the centermost band a appropriate caster to centermost of the larboard — are bigger than XT5 and Acadia to accommodate added commuter space. GM fabricated the assembly XT6 taller than the aboriginal designs aloof to access third-row headroom.
Headroom and all-embracing abundance in the third row of seats was a top ambition during development, as was a quiet autogenous to accredit chat amid rows. Each row of seats will accept two USB ports.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6’s appendage lights accept a new estimation of the brand’s vertical lighting theme. (Photo: Cadillac)
The controls accommodate a ample blow screen, articulation recognition, dials and buttons for altitude and audio, and a rotary ambassador that supplements the blow screen. The rotary is agnate to the easy-to-use arrangement in the abate XT4 SUV, but adds “jog functionality,” which allows the disciplinarian to skip from one affection to addition after application the punch to go step by step.
The rear and mid-row seats can be bankrupt collapsed for ample loads, and accept an alternative power-folding feature. The tailgate appearance a bumper-mounted kick-sensor for hands-free opening. A adjacency ablaze senses the key fob’s access and flashes a Cadillac brand on the pavement, additionally advertence area the disciplinarian bliss to actuate the tailgate.
The XT6’s appearance account reads like Cadillac’s greatest hits, except for the black blank of the Super Cruise hands-free active assistant.
Power comes from a 310-hp 3.6L V6 affiliated to a nine-speed automated transmission. Either front- or all-wheel drive will be available. To save fuel, the agent operates as a V4 back it doesn’t charge abounding power.
Cadillac will initially body two models: Sport and Premium Luxury. They accept altered all-wheel-drive systems. It’s abnormal for an automaker to go to that abundant accomplishment on an SUV after off-road aspirations, but Cadillac capital a added acknowledging arrangement to enhance the Sport’s achievement and handling. The Sport additionally gets faster-ratio council for quicker acknowledgment and a bigger on-center feel. Adaptive shocks are accepted on the Sport, alternative on the added luxury-oriented model.
Safety appearance accommodate accepted blind-spot alert, automated advanced braking, advanced banal detection, lane abandonment active and abetment and accelerated parking sensors. Options accommodate adaptive cruise ascendancy night vision, and rear banal detection.
Despite its evolving architecture and lights, the XT6 is anon apparent as a Cadillac, acknowledgment in allotment to a still-recognizable grille with two altered three-dimensional patterns. The rear bonanza appearance accompanying inset tailpipes with satin-finish tips.
Stainless animate apostle grille for Bose audio in 2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport SUV. (Photo: Cadillac)
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