The Car Connection Cadillac XT6 Overview
The Cadillac XT6 is a three-row luxury crossover from General Motors that's new for the 2020 model year. Larger than the two-row XT5 crossover but smaller than the Escalade SUV, the XT6 is meant to entice well-heeled families with generous helpings of tech and leather.
Powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 and 9-speed automatic transmission, the XT6 is related to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, which are both three-row crossovers geared for families from GM. The XT6 is also related to the XT5.
With the XT6, Cadillac has a rival for vehicles such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Audi Q7, and Volvo XC90.
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The Cadillac XT6 is a new name from the automaker, in line with the XT4 compact and XT5 crossovers, but its architecture is mostly familiar.
Its 3.6-liter V-6 makes 310 horsepower and can shut off two of its six cylinders for better fuel economy. It's teamed exclusively to a 9-speed automatic transmission, similar to the Buick Enclave, and can power the front, or all four wheels. (Front-wheel drive is standard on Premium Luxury models where all-wheel drive is an option; XT6 Sport models have standard all-wheel drive.)
Although the XT6 borrows much of its hardware from the Traverse and Enclave, it's shorter than both. The XT6's wheelbase is roughly eight inches shorter, with less room inside for second- and third-row passengers. The XT6 is closer in its size to the GMC Acadia, although it's fractionally bigger and longer than that crossover.
The XT6 features an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A new rotary controller for infotainment made its debut in the XT6 and offered redundant controls for infotainment. Six USB charge ports are standard in the XT6—two plugs for each row of seating—and a new Bose audio system with 14 speakers is available.
When it goes on sale in the spring, the XT6 will be equipped with forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active lane control, and parking sensors. Extra-cost safety features include full-speed automatic emergency braking, a surround-view and night vision camera systems, a head-up display, reverse automatic braking, and a camera-based rearview mirror.
The XT6's styling borrows heavily from the smaller XT4 crossover with sharper edges and a crisper look than the curvy Traverse and Enclave.
Cadillac assembles the XT6 at the automaker's plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.