The last time we saw the 2020 Cadillac XT6 (in April), the prototype was wearing a bunch of heavy padding that prevented us from getting a good look at details like the treatments of the C- and D-pillars as well as the side-rear window. But these new shots we just got our hands on show a new prototype with tight-fitting camo wrap, giving us a much better look at Cadillac’s upcoming upcoming three-row.
A pair of narrow, horizontally-shaped headlights are present on this Cadillac XT6 tester, maintaining Cadillac’s new design direction introduced by the 2019 CT6 and 2019 XT4. Though the camo does a great job of obfuscating it, Cadillac’s signature vertical lighting treatment is present and accounted for, peeking from underneath the wrap via a small, barely-noticeable light.
The hood is wearing a funny-looking dome that’s large and in charge, but one that’s also most definitely fake. Cadillac used a similar trick on the CT5 prototype in the past. The camo does a fine job covering the grille treatment, but there’s no reason to expect anything other than Cadillac’s new mesh-style grille previewed by the Escala Concept and subsequently launched by the refreshed CT6 and new XT4.
The side profile shows the size of the Cadillac XT6 better than any prior photos: the three-row XT6 is quite big. We expect that its dimensions will place it into the “midsize plus” space, meaning that the XT6 will be notably longer than the XT5 but not quite as long as the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave that ride on the same architecture.
The side mirrors are mounted using a pedestal-type mount. The rear door is quite large, and its window features an appropriately-large glass with a forward-leaning C-pillar treatment. The rear glass above the cargo area is also quite large, while the D-pillars have an even larger forward rake than their C-pillar counterparts. The roofline is relatively flat, but tapers slightly after the C-pillar. Meanwhile, the side profile shows a rather large, overhang-style spoiler affixed to the liftgate, which is hiding the rear window wiper.
The rear end of the Cadillac XT6 features a rather long overhang followed and an expansive rear glass. The taillamp design will not follow that of the XT4, which starts at the roof, runs vertically, and then curves in horizontally. Instead, the XT6’s rear lights appears to start at the rear bumper cover, run vertically to the area below the rear window, and expand horizontally in two directions – toward the center of the liftgate and toward the front of the vehicle.
However, the noticeable kink in the camo just fore of the D-pillar makes us wonder if camouflage designers are trying to fool, and that the XT6 will actually have a rear lighting treatment similar to that of the XT4.
About Cadillac XT6
The Cadillac XT6 is expected to be based on the extended-length version of the GM C1 platform, and the long wheelbase will enable sufficient third row space and cargo room that are vital for shoppers in this segment. The transverse-engine, front-drive architecture currently underpins the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, both of which launched for the 2018 model year. The shorter wheelbase version of the same architecture underpins the Cadillac XT5 and second-gen GMC Acadia, which launched for the 2017 model year.
It’s rumored that the XT6 will give customers a choice of two six-cylinder engines – a naturally-aspirated V6 as standard, and a more powerful turbo-charged version as an option. There also might be a plug-in hybrid model. Don’t hold your breath for an eight-cylinder, such as the new Cadillac 4.2L Twin-Turbo V-8 LTA engine.
The XT6 is of significant importance to Cadillac, as the brand currently lacks an offering in the large luxury crossover segment that is already quite large and is projected to continue growing. In that regard, the XT6 will be the first three-row Cadillac crossover that will provide an alternative to the three-row, body-on-frame Escalade. The model will slot above the XT5 and below the Escalade in the Cadillac utility lineup. It’s currently unclear whether Cadillac will offer an even larger, more expensive crossover on the rear-drive Omega platform.
When it launches next year, the Cadillac XT6 will compete with other large or “midsize plus” luxury CUVs, including the Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Lexus RX-L. Ford Motor Company will also have an entry in this space with the future Lincoln Aviator.
Expect the 2020 XT6 to make its public debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2019, and begin reaching dealers in May 2019 for the 2020 model year.