General Motors has announced that the 2022 Cadillac XT6 three-row luxury crossover will be available with Super Cruise. This confirms what GM Authority said in June of this year, when we exclusively published spy photos of the Cadillac XT6 testing the semi-autonomous driver assistance system.
GM also announced back in February of 2020 that it planned to expand Super Cruise availability to 22 models by 2023. It’s unclear when customers will be able to order the feature, as the 2022 Cadillac XT6 can now be configured on the brand’s website, but Super Cruise doesn’t figure on the options list yet.
In its most advanced current form, Super Cruise includes several features which were not available when the system made its debut in the 2018 Cadillac CT6, a model which has since been discontinued in North America. These features include functionality when towing a trailer, Automated Lane Change and an enhanced navigation display.
However, none of those will be available for the Cadillac XT6. The reason is that they all require the vehicle to have GM’s state-of-the-art digital platform known variously as Vehicle Intelligence Platform or Global B. The XT6 isn’t built on this architecture yet, so its Super Cruise will operate in the same way as that of the CT6.
There is a similar situation with another GM vehicle which resembles the Cadillac XT6 in almost no other way – the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV electric crossover. The Chevy Bolt EUV rides on the BEV2 platform which does not support VIP/Global B either. Therefore, as GM Authority exclusively revealed in February of this year, it does not have Automated Lane Change, just like the XT6.
The Cadillac XT6 is entering the third model year of its first generation with only minor changes compared with the 2021 Cadillac XT6. Updates include increased availability of advanced safety features as well as limited availability of wireless phone charging due to the microchip shortage.
The XT6 is built at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee and the GM Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, China. For North American markets, it is available in three trim levels called Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Luxury models are fitted with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, which produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Premium Luxury and Sport variants are fitted with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines are paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. The Luxury and Premium Luxury are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but the Sport is offered with AWD only. Meanwhile, a mild hybrid version of the XT6 has been introduced to the Chinese market.