We haven’t yet seen the Cadillac XT6 in the flesh, but thanks to the investigative work done by our sister site, Cadillac Society, we now know that the three-row crossover SUV will feature a user-defeatable engine auto stop-start system.
The latest Cadillac XT6 spy shots give us a really good look at the CUV’s center stack and infotainment system screen, which will be very similar – if not identical – to those of the XT5. Enhancing the photo reveals a button for enabling and disabling the engine auto stop-start feature.
While the current Cadillac ATS, CTS and CT6 all feature the same button, the Cadillac XT5 does not offer drivers the ability to disable the engine auto-stop feature. This has resulted in all kinds of dissatisfaction among XT5 owners, as well as potential buyers, a circumstance that probably doesn’t exactly help XT5 sales volume.
As such, it would seem that GM and Cadillac have learned their lesson from not offering a way to disable the auto stop-start feature on the XT5. That’s great news for future XT6 owners, though it doesn’t really help current owners of the XT5 who hate that they can’t turn it off on their cars.
We expect the Cadillac XT6 to bow at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in the next few days, so stay tuned to GM Authority for Cadillac XT6 news coverage and ongoing Cadillac news.
About Cadillac XT6
The Cadillac XT6 is a three-row premium luxury crossover. The model represents a new addition to the Cadillac model range as part of the brand's crossover expansion strategy. It slots above the the compact Cadillac XT4 and midsize Cadillac XT5 in the Cadillac crossover SUV lineup. Its size classification can be best described as "midsize plus", as it is bigger than midsize but not big enough to be classified as full-size.
The XT6 was announced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January 2019 and goes on sale in the spring of the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model. It is based on the regular-length variant of the GM C1 platform shared with the XT5, but with more rear overhang than the XT5. That extended rear overhang enables it to accommodate a third row. The rest of the vehicle is very similar to the XT5, including its engine, transmission, and cockpit.
The XT5 is produced at 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