In recent history, Cadillac has often looked to the Germans when deciding on new segments to enter. The sales success of vehicles like the BMW 5-Series and 3-Series helped push Cadillac to produce the CTS and ATS and it still competes in the luxury sedan segment today with the more recent CT4 and CT5.
There’s one vehicle type that German brands are seeing success with that Cadillac has been apprehensive to enter, though. Sportier-looking ‘coupe’ crossovers, such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, have helped broaden the appeal of bubbly utility offerings and attract young new buyers, but Cadillac has no such vehicle on offer.
With crossover sales skyrocketing and GM placing additional focus on its crossovers and SUVs, though, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to think a Cadillac coupe crossover may arrive one day. Our sister site, Cadillac Society, gave us an idea of what we might expect from such a vehicle, digitally rendering a hypothetical Cadillac XT6 Coupe model variant.
Coupe crossover models don’t follow the modern-day interpretation of the word, which has come to mean a two-door vehicle. The word ‘coupe’ is actually French for ‘cut” or ‘chopped off’ and hence is applied to models with a rearward sloping roofline. It was first applied to horse-drawn carriages with sloped roofs before making its way into automotive circles.
As such, this Cadillac XT6 Coupe rendering is essentially identical to the standard Cadillac XT6, save for the rearward sloped roofline. This lends the crossover a sportier appearance and makes it appear less bulbous – though the third-row would likely have to be tossed out. Seeing as the Cadillac XT6 is a mid-size plus segment model, this theoretical Cadillac XT6 Coupe would put the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE directly in its crosshairs.
We should point out that Cadillac currently has no plans to produce a Cadillac XT6 Coupe model similar to what is shown in this rendering. We only put this rendering together to get an idea of what a sportier-looking XT6 may look like. If you ask us, though, Cadillac could certainly make an attractive coupe crossover out of the XT6.
Feel free to let us know if what you think of this rendering and if you think Cadillac should pursue the coupe crossover space in the comments down below.