The 2020 Cadillac XT6 made its grand entrance early this year at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The “midsize plus” three-row luxury crossover SUV is now finally at dealers, and it offers two trim levels – the Premium Luxury and the Sport. These two trims occupy opposite sides of the Cadillac Y Trim Level strategy, and as such, both deliver unique exterior styling details appropriate to their respective name.
The Premium Luxury trim features a more sophisticated approach, while the Sport trim delivers a more sporty and aggressive approach. With that in mind, we’re taking a deep dive into the visual differences of the Cadillac XT6.
For this comparison, we used the Shadow Metallic paint on both trims, an optional color that adds $625 to the bottom line. The rest of the spec goes unchanged, without any extras tacked on.
Off the bat, both trim levels offer the same general body shape and design, including the signature LED vertical lights along the lower and outer edges of the front fascia. Both trim levels also come with standard 20-inch wheels, but the design of the wheels varies between the Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury and Sport, with the former featuring a multi-spoke design typically associated with luxury models, while the latter getting fewer spokes.
Looking closer, we find that the Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury comes with a “Bright Galvano” finish (essentially chrome) for the grille insert, grille outline, roof rails, and side window surrounds, adding some bling to the exterior. Additional polished bits can be found scattered about on the door handles as well as the front and rear fascias.
Speaking of the rear fascia, the XT6 Premium Luxury also comes with red taillight lenses. Meanwhile, its 20-inch wheels feature a split-six-spoke wheel design.
Moving onto the Cadillac XT6 Sport, the front end is punctuated with a black grille, including a black outline and black insert, replacing the polished front end of the Premium Luxury. The Sport grille is the same general grille shape as that of the Premium Luxury, but the Sport’s insert gets a different aesthetic inspired by the brand’s sporty V-Series models. The inserts near the lower lighting elements are blacked out, rather than being finished in chrome.
Additional features for the Cadillac XT6 Sport include black trim for the roof rails and window surrounds, as well as clear taillight lenses. The door handles are finished in body color on the Sport trim. Meanwhile, a black strip is added to the lower rear valance just above the exhaust pipes. The model rides on a set of unique 20-inch wheels in a unique Y-spoke design.
Notably, one can also add the optional Platinum Package to either the Premium Luxury or Sport models. Doing so adds some luxurious content to the interior, but does not impact the appearance of the exterior.
|Wheels:||20-inch split-six-spoke||20-inch Y-spoke|
|Grille outline:||Bright Galvano||Black|
|Grille insert:||Bright Galvano||Black, V-Series style|
|Side window surrounds:||Bright Galvano||Black|
|Roof rails:||Bright Galvano||Black|
|Rear trim:||Bright Galvano||Black|
|Door handles:||Shiny||Body Color|
All told, the Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury and Sport are very clearly differentiated, while catering to today’s varied customer tastes, whether the preference is traditional luxury or a more sporty interpretation. Too bad it took Cadillac several years to get with the program.
Editor’s note: this article was made possible via a collaboration with our colleagues at the Cadillac Society.