Although automakers’ marketing departments will gladly call anything with a taller ride height an “SUV,” there’s a distinct difference. And that’s precisely the reason the Cadillac Escalade doesn’t fit the bill for every Cadillac buyer.
With car-like handling, demeanor, and fuel economy, crossovers appeal to many who can see past the Escalade’s posh attributes—it’s still riding on a truck platform. Cadillac plans to remedy this with a three-row crossover, and Automotive News has the scoop on the forthcoming CUV.
The publication reports Cadillac’s large, three-row crossover will be called the XT6 and it will be based on the long-wheelbase version of General Motors’ C1XX platform. That platform currently underpins the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 and 2017 GMC Acadia use a shorter version of the platform.
Not only will it fill an important product niche for the luxury marque, but it will also fill a glaring price gap, too. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 stickers around $40,000 while the next largest vehicle—the Escalade—can’t be had for another $30,000 atop that.
We don’t know when we’ll see the Cadillac XT6 show face, but we’ll get an idea of Cadillac’s future crossover onslaught with the XT4 crossover coming next year.