The very first units of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 “midsize-plus” luxury crossover SUV have finally begun to arrive at Cadillac dealerships around the country.
It would appear that the majority of the Cadillac XT6 units currently being delivered are Premium Luxury models, with the Sport trim making up the remainder of the vehicles. Searching for a brand-new 2020 Cadillac XT6 on Cars.com today turns up 231 results nationwide, with only 30 units having actual photos of the vehicles on the lot.
The biggest, baddest (read: most expensive) Cadillac XT6 currently available has a price tag of $73,640 for an en-route model. The second most-expensive model came in at $66,525 for a Sport model that’s on the ground.
If you aren’t near a Cadillac dealership that has XT6 inventory but are familiar with the Cadillac XT5, then you already know what the cabin of the XT6 is like, since both crossovers share an almost identical cockpit. However, The XT6, however, is larger – which enables it to have three rows of seating for either seven of eight occupants compared to a maximum of five in the XT5.
The XT6 is powered by the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V-6 LGX engine rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard on the Premium Luxury model, while all-wheel drive is available. On the Sport model, AWD is standard.
There are a total of nine exterior color options for the 2020 Cadillac XT6:
- Crystal White Tricoat
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Radiant Silver Metallic
- Stellar Black Metallic
- Manhattan Noir Metallic
- Shadow Metallic
- Garnet Metallic
- Red Horizon Tintcoat
- Dark Mocha Metallic
There are also five interior color combinations, including:
- Jet Black with Jet Black accents
- Cirrus with Dark Titanium accents
- Cirrus with Jet Black accents
- Dark Auburn with Jet Black accents
- Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents
The Cadillac XT6 is a vital product for the luxury brand, enabling it to finally have a crossover utility vehicle with three rows of seating – something it hasn’t had since the first-generation Cadillac SRX – at a time when CUVs are the fastest-growing vehicle type in many markets around the world. It joins the all-new XT4 compact luxury crossover in the crossover C-segment and the XT5 midsize luxury crossover in the crossover D-segment as the brand’s third CUV.
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I like the CT6 and have considered replacing my 2017 XT5 Platinum with one when my lease is up next year, but I think it just too expensive.
The first thing that caught my eye was that the front of XT-6 reminded me of the front of the Mazda CX-9. Once again, Cadillac comes late to the table with what consumers want. A Crossover with the 3rd row of seating. Does Cadillac really need two vehicles, XT-6, and the Escalade, with 3 rows of seating? Will, they eventually drop the Escalade and go with a baby bear, momma bear, and papa bear line ala Buick with their Encore, Envision and Eclave?
There is so much room between the XT5 and Escalade, that the XT6 fits in quite nicely. This will only be even more true with the upcoming 2021 Escalade redesign, which is expected to grow about $5k in price.
In fact, there is room to add ANOTHER three-row crossover of full-size proportions, ala Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and BMW X7, between the XT6 and Escalade. Tons and tons and tons of room!
Here’s thing. All of MB GLS-Class vehicles are designated as SUV’s, not crossovers. The Cadillacs XT 4,5,and 6 are crossovers and the Escalade is a SUV. My question is. Why would a buyer spend approximately $14,000 more for an Escalade then the XT6, other then bragging rights? I would think that a buyer that wanted the xtra space of an Escalade would opt for a Chevy Surburban or GMC Yukon, at a much cheaper price.
By the way. When we were shopping a new Crossover. We first looked at the line of MB. Really not impressed with the feel of the car. We decided on the Cadillac XT-5 because it was just more comfortable. We are very happy with it and will consider another one when the lease is up.
Its just my opinion that Cadillac will be “overlapping” it’s selection by offering 2 vehicles with 3rd row seating. I think they would be better, following Buicks game plan, by offering 3 versions of a Crossover.
Not sure what you mean by this statement:
“All of MB GLS-Class vehicles are designated as SUV’s, not crossovers.”
The GLS is a crossover, as was the GL before it. Both are based on the smaller GLE-Class, previously marketed as the ML-Class. All crossovers, down to the bones.
Why would one buy an Escalade over the XT6?
1) There is a significant size difference between the XT6 and the regular-wheelbase Escalade, not to mention the Escalade ESV… because the XT6 isn’t really full-size, despite having three rows. It’s more of a “midsize-plus” sized vehicle.
2) There is the towing angle… with the XT6 paling in comparison when it comes to towing capacity when compared with Escalade.
And like I said before, there is still room for an XT7/8 above the XT6. It can be roughly the size of the short/regular Escalade, but a crossover, rather than body on frame SUV. There are differences in the driving experiences between these two, plus towing capacity differences. It’s the same difference between the Chevrolet Traverse and Tahoe, with the market supporting both vehicles. Sure, both are utilities and both are roughly equal in size… but both do the “utility vehicle” thing very differently. Meanwhile, the hypothetical Cadillac XT7/8 will lowly be rear-drive-based… which allows it to be more athletic, thereby differentiating it from the Escalade even further.
Using the MB website, they refer to the SLS as an SUV.
“The GLS is engineered and equipped to set the bar for 7-passenger luxury SUVs. Its legacy of leadership includes benchmarks like the S-Class sedan and iconic G-Class. And it’s eager to lead your family anywhere in bold and brilliant style, from it LED lighting, to wheels from 19 to 22 inches, to a body that’s at once muscular and aerodynamic.”
I think most buyers aren’t aware of the difference between an SUV and a Crossover. In simplest terms, an SUV started off as pickup truck with a covered rear seat. I think the Ford Bronco was the first to do this. A Crossover was intended to offer the best features of a sedan, van and SUV, hence the term “crossover”. I believe that the Buick Rendezvous was the first. With the passage of time, it has been very confusing to tell the difference between a SUV and a crossover.
You make all valid points about the difference between an XT-6 and the Escalade. Yes, the Escalade is bigger and roomier than the XT-6. I am curious to see how much the XT-6 might if any, cut into the Escalades sales. Time will tell.