As Cadillac continues to expand its portfolio and catch up with its crossover SUV offerings, the logical next step would be a full-size three-row product slotted between the mid-range XT5 and the massive Escalade. Things seem to be well on their way, with the 2020 Cadillac XT6 spied time and again under veiled camouflage, and now has been confirmed that the vehicle will launch in China by GM CEO Mary Barra during the company’s Q3 2018 earnings call.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 has been talked about by GM officials before, but this may be the first mentioning of it heading to the Chinese market, where Cadillac is seeing some success, particularly with younger buyers. Cadillac was the only GM brand in China to see an increase in sales during the third quarter of 2018, selling 46,020 units. That’s a four percent increase and a Q3 sales record for the brand in the Chinese market. Otherwise, GM China sales dropped some 15 percent, with a particularly steep drop from Buick.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is likely to be on the same long wheelbase C1 platform as the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, which are regarded as widely functional three-row family vehicles, if not radically pedestrian. We can hope that the XT6 will find itself more equipped to handle imposing competition from other luxury three-row crossovers, but because of its transverse engined, FWD layout, it’s likely to come in at a more agreeable price point, while the Escalade caps the lineup as the signature flagship SUV for the brand.
Technology will separate the 2020 Cadillac XT6 from its platform mates, and perhaps even the imported competition. By 2020, Cadillac is expected to implement Super Cruise to every vehicle in its portfolio. For that to happen, vehicles like the ATS and CTS will need to be cycled out of the lineup to make room for the next generation of passenger cars capable of implementing the technology. And by 2023, Cadillac plans to introduce V2X technology “in a high-volume crossover,” and eventually expand the technology across the Cadillac portfolio. It’s possible the upcoming 2020 Cadillac XT6 full-size crossover will be that vehicle.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is expected to reveal itself to the world in January during the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – the last time the show will take place in the winter.