There's just one caveat.
Cadillac is one of those companies that, despite its best efforts, is often viewed as an older person's car. The perception has changed slightly with the introduction of fiery offerings like the CT5-V. The Cadillac Escalade is also a firm favorite with the 2021 iteration looking to be the most technologically advanced SUV around, but the brand wants more young buyers. In an effort to get more youthful buyers into their first Cadillacs, the brand has launched a new Fashion Edition of the midsize Cadillac XT6. Touted as an entry-level offering, the idea is that a more affordable luxury family car could be the foot in the door that Cadillac needs to reduce the average age of its buying demographic and thus welcome a new generation of fans to the brand.
However, for the time being, this new model is only on offer in China. Funnily enough, China has its own more affordable XT6 already, but its a copy from a local manufacturer. The real-deal from Cadillac will slot in below the Luxury trim, which is offered here in the States and will just have a little less equipment. Buyers will still get the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a Premium Bose setup that features Active Noise Control, along with a decent list of standard safety features that will include numerous radars and sensors as well as six cameras. Deliveries to dealers in China have already begun, and the SUV is expected to sell well.
Pricing for the front-wheel-drive version starts at the equivalent of around $55,000 while the all-wheel-drive variant is around two grand more. Both models will get the same 2.0-liter turbo four-pot that the rest of the Chinese XT6 range is powered by, with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic is the only transmission option. So would it sell over here? Unfortunately, we haven't been blown away by the XT6 here, but maybe a lot of the issues we have with the car could be accepted if the SUV were offered at a more affordable price. Whatever happens next, Cadillac needs more buyers and more fans. Maybe this will help.