While we can confirm Chevrolet won’t shock and awe those in attendance at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the mid-engine Corvette, Cadillac will indeed show a new vehicle.
After months of rumors, Cadillac confirmed with Automotive News (subscription required) that the XT6 three-row crossover will bow on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show. The Cadillac XT6 is a much-needed product for Cadillac to fill the space between the mid-size XT5 and full-size, body-on-frame Escalade. The XT6 will essentially be a stretched XT5 and share the extended-wheelbase C1 platform with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. The GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 ride on the shorter wheelbase version.
Yet, we haven’t seen the XT6 and we already have mixed emotions. GM Authority learned last week that the XT6 will sport an identical interior to the rather old XT5. Spy shots then confirmed the report.
Development on the XT5 began a decade ago, and the new XT6 will share every single part and design cue inside. The only changes will be a third row of seats and a rotary control knob for the CUE system. The XT5 will also gain the same infotainment hardware update.
That will put the XT6 in contention with the newly launched Cadillac XT4, which sports a new interior design that’s also destined to make its way to the upcoming CT5 sedan. The interior layout, while not a home run, is far more user-friendly, looks better, and packages far nicer than the outdated-looking XT5-era design.
We should expect an exterior design similar to the XT4, however, and not just an extended version of the XT5. Look for plenty of Escala-inspired elements when the car debuts.
The parts sharing is a major signal that GM has rushed to bring the XT6 to market as quickly as possible. However, the XT6 will launch as the large luxury SUV segment stalls and compact luxury SUV sales begin to take off.