For the moment, the three-row, midsize-plus Cadillac XT6 luxury crossover is offered in two trim levels – Premium Luxury, and Sport. These two trims occupy opposing sides of Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy, although it should be noted that the XT6 is currently unavailable with a base model Luxury trim. While the Premium Luxury and Sport trims differ in terms of styling, there’s also a number of significant mechanical changes under the skin that render different driving dynamics, all of which we’re examining in the following post.
Broadly speaking, the Cadillac XT6 Sport is tuned to deliver a more agile driving experience, whereas the Premium Luxury is tuned with a greater emphasis on ride comfort. This is accomplished via unique mechanical changes, including tweaks to the AWD system, throttle mapping, suspension, and steering rack.
We’ve listed the various differences between these two trims below:
Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury
- Standard steering rack ratio
- Standard FWD with available AWD and active yaw control
- Passive suspension with isolation tuning and available active damping
- Throttle calibrations and shift points tuned for linear acceleration
Cadillac XT6 Sport
- Quicker steering rack ratio (15:1)
- Standard AWD with active yaw control
- Standard active damping suspension tuned for handling
- Sportier throttle map and shift calibrations
- Standard heavy-duty powertrain cooling
To note, the AWD system equipped in the Sport trim is labeled as Sport Control AWD with Active Yaw Control, and comes with electronically controlled twin clutches on either side of the Rear Drive Module and between the half-shafts. This enables precise torque distribution between the left and right wheels, and is similar to Audi’s quattro system, albeit with different implementation.
This same twin-clutch AWD is standard on the AWD Premium Luxury trim level. What’s more, Active Damping suspension is offered on the Premium Luxury trim with the optional Platinum Package. All Cadillac XT6 models are equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGX V6 gas engine, which produces 310 horsepower and mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.