The 2020 Cadillac XT6 will launch soon, but before then, the all-important fuel economy estimates for the brand’s three-row crossover are in.
The EPA has rated the 2020 Cadillac XT6 with front-wheel drive at 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. For some comparison, the Cadillac XT5 (closely related to the larger XT6) returns fuel economy estimates of 19/26/22 mpg with FWD. For as large as the XT6 is, those figures are impressive comparing it to the mid-size XT5.
Buyers who choose all-wheel drive will lose 1 mpg across the board, according to the EPA estimates, which leaves the figures at 17/24/19 mpg. The 2020 XT6 will launch with one powertrain combination: a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. We think there’s room to swap in a more efficient model, perhaps a turbocharged four-cylinder, for even better fuel economy numbers. We’d say a plug-in hybrid is possible, but GM has shifted away from plug-ins to focus on purely electric powertrains moving forward.
Cadillac will usher in a new electric-car strategy at the automaker when an unnamed electric SUV from the brand launches in 2021 or 2022.
Although Cadillac shoppers may be compelled to choose the larger XT6 based on fuel economy estimates, the XT6 is hardly the most frugal of the segment. Crossover SUVs with better-combined fuel economy ratings include the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. Mazda, as it attempts to move more upmarket, also sells the CX-9 that returns 3 mpg better than the XT6.
However, the XT6 will provide shoppers with a more frugal three-row option outside of the Cadillac Escalade. The body-on-frame SUV only comes with V8 power.