The 2019 Detroit Auto Show will play host to a new Cadillac vehicle. Speaking to Automotive News (subscription required) in a Monday report, Cadillac president Steve Carlisle confirmed the brand will show its next new vehicle in Detroit, and it’s more than likely the Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover.
We previously expected the Cadillac XT6 to debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, but Carlisle’s confirmation pegs the crossover for Detroit instead. Other future Cadillacs, such as the CT5 and CT4, aren’t expected until later in 2019 at the earliest. The XT6 will better bridge the gap between the mid-size Cadillac XT5 and Escalade SUV. Underpinning the XT6 will be familiar General Motors architecture, too.
The XT6 will share bones with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, which feature the long-wheelbase version of the C1XX platform. The platform also underpins the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Blazer and XT5, though they receive the shorter-wheelbase version. The XT6’s size will place in squarely in the “mid-size plus” segment, though it will fall short on size compared to some German rivals such as the upcoming BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Lincoln will also offer up the Aviator SUV, which will be based on a shared rear-wheel-drive platform with the next Ford Explorer, unlike the Cadillac.
Expect a transverse engine orientation with two V6 engines: a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated unit and Cadillac’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. We suspect both engines will mate to a nine-speed automatic transmission (9T65) and all-wheel drive will be optional.
Following the XT6, expect Cadillac to keep the accelerator down as it prepares to introduce a new vehicle every six months through 2020. In the time span, we’ll see two new Cadillac sedans, a refreshed XT5 crossover, 2020 Escalade, and perhaps a halo vehicle based on the Escala concept. According to Cadillac’s old boss, Johan de Nysschen, the majority of GM’s upcoming electric cars will be Cadillacs, so we shouldn’t rule out EVs, either.