The Cadillac V-Series line, recently repositioned as the entry to the marque’s performance models below the even more powerful V-Series Blackwing cars, delivers healthy levels of performance, style and luxury. Incidentally, the V-Series name was applied only to high-performance luxury sedans and coupes until the recent advent of the Escalade-V, which was the very first utility vehicle ever to wear the V-Series badge. Alas, the introduction of the Escalade-V does not mean that the V-Series range will expand to the marque’s range of internal combustion-powered crossovers, meaning that an XT4-V, XT5-V or XT6-V are not in the cards, as Cadillac Society exclusively reported nearly three years ago. But that hasn’t stopped us from wondering how a completely hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V could have looked like if it did come to market… so we rendered one.
Borrowing design cues from the aforementioned Escalade-V, we started by giving our Cadillac XT6-V rendering a more aggressive front fascia, which has been revised to include a functional front splitter finished in gloss black. We’ve also completely blacked out the grille surrounds and given the lower grille a set of nostril-like intakes to feed more air into the engine bay.
We then swapped the wheels with a set of 19-inch wheels with a Polished/Dark Android finish from the CT5-V Blackwing. Not only do these new rollers better fill out the wheel wells compared to the stock units, they also provide a greater contact patch to the road thanks to being able to accommodate a wider tire, while giving the vehicle a more planted and aggressive stance.
Out back, we gave our imaginary Cadillac XT6-V a spoiler mounted at the base of the liftgate’s glass, followed by a revised lower fascia, which features more aggressive body lines and a greater spread of black trim elements. Most notable here is the addition of trapezoidal quad exhaust outlets with a black finish, which are currently found on the rear of the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing super sedans, along with the Escalade-V.
The most logical engine choice for our hypothetical Cadillac XT6-V would be the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine (production code LGY). That engine is currently found under the hood of the Cadillacs CT5-V, where it makes 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. In our application, the boosted six would be tuned to deliver 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque, which should be just enough to give our XT6-V plenty of get-up-and-go when the driver drops the accelerator to the floor.
As we mentioned earlier, Cadillac has no plans to bring an XT6-V to market… but should it? Vote off in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.
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Looks great. I rendered my own version when they came out…lowered, de-badged, Billet wheels, striping. Like my ol’ Pappy used to say; “you can lower a wheelbarrow and it’ll look better.”
David E. Goldberg
With Cadillac trending toward an all-electric future, I seriously doubt they will expend the resources to develop any further “V” models, especially in their crossover models. IMHO.