GM's latest three-row crossover offers plenty of space but can it match its rivals?
Stepping up to the GM stand at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show the first impression you get of the brand-new Cadillac XT6 is that it is a premium product. This is good news in a market teeming with well-established luxury three-row crossovers but whereas some rivals have gone with edgy designs this Cadillac is a far more subdued offering. The rear end bears some similarities with a Volvo XC90 which is no bad thing but as an overall package, Cadillac has kept things rather conservative.
The standard 20-inch wheels fill the arches nicely and the front-end borrows much from the XT5, not a bad thing just not particularly adventurous visually. The boxy design is handsome, though, and it makes for a spacious interior too which is packed with most of the luxury trimmings one expects from the brand although the quality of some trim items fall a bit short of what the competition offers.
There are two trims to choose from at launch, the Premium Luxury trim is the range-topper offering the more upmarket interior while the Sport trim counters with active yaw control and variable damping for a more dynamic driving experience.
Either FWD or AWD can be specified depending on trim level, but regardless of which you go for the only engine on offer is the familiar 3.6-liter V6 which will make 310 horsepower and 271 lb ft of torque in this application. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. Perhaps a hybrid or turbocharged motor will be introduced at a later stage to spice things up a bit.
The third row of seats are power-folding as standard and look to offer enough space for two medium-sized adults. The usual raft of driver safety and assistance systems are also present, and the infotainment screen offers an updated rotary controller and tech features include wireless charging and smartphone connectivity for both Apple and Android devices.
Final pricing has not been announced yet although the XT6 should range from between $50,000 and $70,000 depending on how many boxes you tick. That will put it up against some very accomplished rivals so hopefully, it delivers on the driving experience when it goes on sale this spring.
Photos by Samuel Weber