Believe it or not, this was the smart move.
Right now, Cadillac has a full lineup of crossovers and one pure SUV in the shape of the Escalade. Sales of the Cadillac XT4, XT5, and XT6 remain solid, though the latter is really nothing more than a stretched XT5 with a third row of seats. And that's just fine because the XT6 fills a spot in the lineup dealerships demanded. But this also begs the question of whether or not Cadillac intends to offer an XT7 or, perhaps, an XT8 large crossover. For the record, the XT6 is classified as a midsize crossover.
Cadillac Society claims it has confirmed with unidentified GM sources there are no current plans to offer an SUV crossover sandwiched between the XT6 and Escalade. When comparing the significant price gap between the two, it may sound like a good idea for an XT7/XT8.
The XT6 begins at about $48,000 while the newly redesigned Escalade can't be had for anything less than $76,000. As it stands, the entire $60,000 to $70,000 range is missing, meaning Cadillac can't compete against the likes of the Lincoln Aviator, BMW X7, and Mercedes GLS-Class. But Cadillac has a plan to bridge the gap.
As we reported several months ago, the XT6 was initially set to ride on the new Omega platform, the most advanced architecture the brand has ever designed. Thanks to its use of lightweight materials and rear-wheel-drive layout, luxurious and sporty vehicles, like the now-discontinued CT6 and CT6-V, came to fruition.
Unfortunately, cost-cutting measures and the pressure to get the XT6 to market forced Cadillac to change course and opt for the FWD-based C1 platform instead. Now that the XT6 is on sale, it's possible some of that pressure has been relieved and a second-generation Omega-based model could arrive soon. But it's also important to bear in mind Cadillac's commitment to new battery-electric vehicles, beginning with the Lyriq crossover; an Omega-riding XT6 might now be a less priority. The Escalade will remain Caddy's high-riding flagship for the foreseeable future and an all-electric version is due in the coming years.
For now, the XT6 is doing the job it was intended to do but the bottom line is it's not the luxury crossover it could have been.