Like Ford, Cadillac is pinning its hopes for increased sales on enhancing its SUV line-up while ditching its sedans, (the ATS and CTS), to capitalize on the sales trend toward SUVs in the luxury markets.
Cadillac sales, while flourishing in China, have lagged in the USA even while overall vehicle sales have risen in the past five years. Strategies to reinvigorate the brand and vehicle offerings include a plan to deliver a new or upgraded Cadillac vehicle every six months between now and 2021.
As part of this initiative, Cadillac has just revealed its first-ever Crossover SUV, the XT6, at the recent auto show in Detroit. This latest three row SUV is aiming for a sizing sweet spot, coming in slightly smaller than the Escalade, but a tad bigger than their popular XT5.
Specs indicate the XT6 will be powered by a 3.6L V6, delivering 310HP and torque of 271 lb/ft, and a nine-speed transmission that features Cadillac’s new Electronic Precision Shift function. Of note, there is no hybrid option at this point.
Purchasers will be able to select from two distinct trim types. Premium Luxury, which will feature exotic wood interior décor, Galvano finished grille, accents, roof rails, window moldings and 20” polished wheels, as shown below:
While the Sport package features a carbon fiber interior, black painted grille and high gloss accents, complemented by 20” nickel finished wheels. Here’s a peek at the Sport interior:
Sport trim comes with standard all-wheel drive, while it is an option for the Premium Luxury model. Other standard features include a heated steering wheel, NFC phone pairing, keyless entry, and adaptive cruise control. Either trim option can be combined with the purchase of a Platinum package to add all the bells and whistles, such as heated seats and a Performance Series Bose 14 speaker sound system. The Sport trim’s eye-catching high gloss grill complements the grey paint and brushed spoke wheels.
The eight inch digital display is situated in the middle console as with other Cadillacs, and it features a navigation system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Sirius XM radio.
Interior seating configurations can accommodate seven or eight passengers, with a second row flexibility for bench seating or captain’s chairs, and power-operated third rows seat three passengers.
Cadillac estimates that the new XT6 will be available for purchase later this year as a 2020 model, and pricing will be announced toward that time.