Two days ago, we brought you exclusive news that the upcoming Cadillac XT6 will have an identical cabin to that of the Cadillac XT5. And as luck would have it, our spy photographer just caught up to an XT6 prototype, and managed to snap some photos of its interior, confirming our report.
The photos show the Cadillac XT6 prototype as having an identical “winged” dashboard layout, along with exactly the same center stack and center console as the XT5.
The center stack starts out with two horizontally-placed air vents, which are covered by cloth camouflage in these photos. It is followed by an 8-inch screen running the latest version of the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system and, in this case, tuned to Michigan’s 97.1 FM The Ticket.
Notably, the touch-based volume control slider – typically situated right below the screen – is gone (more on that in a jiffy). The screen is followed by a row of HVAC controls and an open, cover-less storage space completes the center stack.
The center console is the only place where the new Cadillac XT6 is different from the XT5: two rotary controls for the infotainment system reside immediately aft of GM’s first-generation Electronic Precision Shifter. Initially introduced on the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4 and on the (soon-to-be-discontinued) 2019 CT6 facelift, the smaller control handles volume adjustments, while the larger control behind it drives the screen.
The tactile controls address what is probably the biggest complaint about the CUE infotainment system, which relied solely on touch inputs prior to the introduction of these rotary controls. We should also note that we fully expect the refreshed 2020 Cadillac XT5 to adopt these controls just as well.
So, that’s as good a confirmation as any that the Cadillac XT6 cabin will be identical to that of the XT5, while gaining rotary infotainment controls and three rows of seating.
About Cadillac XT6
The Cadillac XT6 is an upcoming premium luxury crossover with three rows. The model represents a new addition to the Cadillac model range as part of the brand's crossover expansion strategy, and will slot above the the compact Cadillac XT4 and midsize Cadillac XT5 in the Cadillac crossover SUV lineup.
The XT6 is expected to launch in North American and China in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model. It is expected to be based on the extended-length wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform. The regular-wheelbase variant of the same platform underpins the XT5. In that regard, the XT6 will essentially be a stretched version of the XT5, with the stretching being the result of a longer wheelbase and at the rear, elements that enable it to accommodate three rows. The rest of the vehicle is expected to be very similar to the XT5.
A set of new spy pictures in December 2018 revealed that the Cadillac XT6 will have an interior identical to that of the XT5, but with the addition of rotary controls for the infotainment system.
The XT5 is expected to be produced across the following GM plants globally:
- GM Spring Hill factory in Tennessee or GM Lansing Delta plant operated by GM USA supplying North American markets
- Cadillac China Jinqiao factory operated by Shanghai-GM supplying the Chinese market