The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V opens a new high-performance chapter for the luxury SUV nameplate, offering customers all the usual backside coddling expected, plus a heady dose of supercharged performance. Which left us wondering – what if GM decided to build a V-Series variant of the Cadillac XT6? What would this hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V bring to the table?
From the start, we should probably mention that presently GM doesn’t have any plans to actually build this hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V. Rather, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to see what such a vehicle might look like.
Let’s start up front, where we added a revised fascia treatment with a new lower bumper design. The restyled lower bumper incorporates a splitter-like element with black trim and reshaped air intakes, as well as a black mesh grille insert. The black mesh grille treatment is repeated in the upper grille and next to the vertical lighting bits as well.
In the corners, our hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V rides on some rather large alloy wheels, as inspired by the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. The rollers get a split-spoke design and are wrapped in sticky Michelin performance rubber, while under the wheels, we’d expect to find plus-sized Brembo brakes as well. Black trim abounds, as seen lower in the body lines along the side skirts, as well as the side window surrounds and the roof rails to boot. Don’t forget the V-Series badge on the front fender.
Moving around to the rear, our hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V takes a nod from the Escalade-V with a diffuser-esque lower bumper treatment housing a quartet of exhaust pipes, each of which is squared-off and mounted in the rear bumper corners. The taillights receive a dark inner graphic, while a subtle spoiler lip is added to the hatch just below the upper glass.
As for the greasy bits, our hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V would cradle the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 LGY gasoline engine, the same ‘six found in the Cadillac CT5-V. Under the hood of the CT5-V, the LGY is rated at 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the most-powerful XT6 currently on offer is equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.
Complementary upgrades would include revised suspension and a few performance cues in the cabin as well.