The ongoing expansion of the Cadillac product portfolio took a big step forward today with the introduction of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 – a new, three-row crossover that slots below the formidable Escalade.
According to Cadillac, the XT6 was “created to make the most of passengers’ time on the road”. It couples a luxurious, adaptable, and connected cabin with responsive handling and a list of standard and available safety technologies to deliver refined luxury and convenience.
“The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all,” said recently-appointed Cadillac president, Steve Carlisle. “It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand’s global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac.”
The design story behind the all-new Cadillac XT6 starts with strong proportions and distinct personas for both of the trim levels announced today – Premium Luxury and Sport.
“The XT6 is unmistakably Cadillac,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “It reinterprets our design language in a unique way, with the Premium Luxury and Sport models adding more sophisticated or aggressive character depending on preference.”
The XT6 Premium Luxury is distinguished by bright Galvano exterior accents, while XT6 Sport features darker accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired details, including available 21-inch wheels.
Continuing to make the most of modern, advanced lighting technology for form and function, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 features even more emphasized LED signatures. Two headlamp variants are offered: a bi-function LED projector design is standard while a performance LED headlamp system with a three-element projector array is optional.
We already knew that the XT6’s cockpit will be nearly identical to that of the XT5, which makes sense given that the former is simply a stretched version of the latter. The similarity between the cabins of both models is not necessarily a bad thing, since the XT5’s interior is a decent place to spend time. However, neither the XT5 nor the XT6 match the rest of the future Cadillac lineup (XT4, CT5, CT4, etc.).
Regardless, Cadillac says that “every inch of the XT6 has been carefully considered and developed to offer a refined, comfortable place to connect and enjoy the ride.” Elegant, wide surface lines define the cockpit, while controls for the infotainment system have been revamped to deliver a significantly better user experience.
But the big deal here is the addition of the third row – a first for a current Cadillac crossover SUV. Its addition expands the maximum passenger capacity to six passengers. Though not officially announced, it might be possible to expand the XT6’s seating capacity to seven by opting for a bench seat in the second row.
“Every seat is the best seat in the house,” said Carlisle. “From luxurious appointments, comfort and convenience to premium sound and technology features, every passenger gets an optimized experience.”
The standard third row is power-folding, while the second row features a remote fold-down feature that enhance versatility. A tip/pitch-and-slide feature on the second-row seat allows easy access to the third row.
The Premium Luxury and Sport models feature distinctive trim and interior colors. Premium Luxury models are trimmed with exotic wood decor, while the Sport features performance-inspired carbon fiber trim.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 also features the brand’s first implementation of the Bose Performance Series sound system, which features 14 custom-tuned speakers that deliver immersive, powerful audio throughout the crossover’s cabin.
Additional available features include semi-aniline premium leather-appointed seating, an in-vehicle air ionizer, automatic heated/ventilated front seats and heated second-row rear outboard seats, along with a standard automatic heated steering wheel.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is chockfull of thoughtfully-integrated technology, which Cadillac says is central to the XT6’s mission of offering a seamless and intuitive in-vehicle experience. The introduction of several new features elevates connectivity to new levels for a Cadillac vehicle.
It all starts with the latest Cadillac User Experience (née CUE) infotainment system, which provides more ways to interface with the system, including one-touch phone pairing via Near Field Communication (NFC). Solving the longest-standing complaint with the user experience associated with Cadillac infotainment systems is a new rotary controller with intuitive jog functionality. It appears that touchscreen functionality remains, but the infotainment system can now be used entirely via the rotary controllers.
The system also offers a personalization feature that stores user profiles in the Cloud, allowing customers to access their custom profile in other properly equipped GM vehicles. There’s also updated navigation functionality with natural address entry, support for Sirius XM 360L, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with a trial for 3GB or three months of data, whichever comes first, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto10 for compatible smartphones.
Next-generation, 15-watt wireless smartphone charging and Teen Driver are also present and accounted for. Finally, all 2020 Cadillac XT6 models come with six USB ports – two for each row of seats.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 also offers NFC phone pairing and wireless charging for compatible phones, along with Keyless Open and Adaptive Remote Start
- Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control
- Night Vision
- HD Surround Vision Camera
- Illuminated Cadillac Crest hands-free liftgate
Cadillac says that the XT6 offers a driving experience with a “rewarding balance of responsiveness and refinement” as well as “a feeling of solidity that enhances driver confidence”. Those qualities are distilled between the Premium Luxury and Sport models. The Premium Luxury model features a greater emphasis on road isolation, while the XT6 Sport features a greater feeling of agility in its chassis.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 also offers customer-selectable drive modes that enable the luxury crossover to adapt to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes are uniquely calibrated to support the characteristics of the Premium Luxury or Sport trims.
Active Fuel Management technology enhances fuel economy by enabling four-cylinder operation when six-cylinder power is not required.
AWD is available on Premium Luxury and standard on XT6 Sport. The Sport model features a Sport Control active twin-clutch AWD system that enhances the driving experience with active yaw control. Sport models also feature Continuous Damping Control active handling and a faster steering ratio that is tuned to support a more enthusiast-oriented driving feel, with increased feedback and greater overall responsiveness.
The XT6 also offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance and safety technologies including sophisticated radar-, camera-, and other sensor-based tech, that can help drivers be more aware of their environment. They include sophisticated radar-, camera- and other sensor-based technologies.
The XT6’s structure is designed to help keep occupants safe, with premium body materials and features such as boxed, splayed front rails and a state-of-the-art restraint system, including seven standard airbags.
Standard Safety & Assistance Features:
- HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash
- Forward Collision Alert
- Following Distance Indicator
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Safety Alert Seat
- Speed limiter
Cadillac announced two trim levels for the 2020 XT6: Premium Luxury and Sport.
Premium Luxury models deliver an elevated level of refinement while Sport models offer a performance-oriented feel.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 makes its public debut at the North American International Auto Show, which runs from January 14-27th in Detroit.
Pricing and additional information will be announced closer to the start of production. Cadillac will begin taking orders this spring.
For the North American market, the Cadillac XT6 will be manufactured at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.
At 198.8 inches long, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a midsize-plus offering, slotting above the midsize XT5 and yet not being a truly full-size crossover. So even though the XT6 slots below the Escalade at the moment, we have reason to believe that the future Cadillac lineup will add a three-row, full-size crossover above the XT6.