Cadillac expands its popular crossover and SUV lineup with today’s global debut of the 2020 XT6. Created to make the most of passengers’ time on the road, the all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover centers on a luxurious, adaptable and connected cabin, complemented with responsive handling and a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies.
The foundation for the 2020 Cadillac XT6 expressive design is its strong proportions, with distinct personas for the Premium Luxury and Sport models. Bright Galvano exterior accents distinguish the Premium Luxury model, while the XT6 Sport is defined by darker accents and more aggressive, performance-inspired details, including available 21-inch wheels. Both models feature advanced lighting technology, including vertically emphasized LED signatures. Two headlamp variants are offered: a standard bi-function LED projector design or an available, performance LED headlamp system with a three-element projector array.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a seven-passenger luxury midsize crossover SUV. It’s available in two trim levels, Premium Luxury and Sport. Premium Luxury trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional. Sport trims are all-wheel-drive only.
Standard equipment for the Premium Luxury include a sunroof, a hands-free liftgate, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel, among other luxury touches. Infotainment features include an 8-inch touchscreen with a secondary dial controller, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, six USB ports, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, and a wireless device charge pad.
The XT6 Premium Luxury offers a typical bundle of driver safety aids for a luxury crossover, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning and lane keeping assist, parking sensors and Cadillac Rear Vision Camera, which fills the rearview mirror with a real-time image from a rear-mounted camera.
The Sport trim comes with the same features, but it adds an adaptive suspension, gloss-black exterior trim accents and towing aids.
Many optional features are available for both trims such as an upgraded Bose sound system, a navigation system, upgraded leather upholstery and interior trim, and adaptive cruise control. The 2020 Cadillac XT6 can be configured for six passengers rather than seven. Also optional is Cadillac’s Night Vision, which uses infrared to detect pedestrians or large animals beyond the reach of the headlights.
The entry-level front-wheel-drive Premium Luxury will start at $53,690. All-wheel drive costs $2000 extra on the XT6 Premium Luxury. The Sport trim, which only comes with all-wheel drive, starts at $58,090.
The 2020 XT6 advances Cadillac contemporary interior aesthetic, with elegant, wide surface lines and simple interfaces. It’s an expression that focuses attention on the quality and authenticity of materials and impeccable craftsmanship. The interior is usably roomy, and 6-foot-tall adults will fit in all three rows. The third row has a slightly higher floor and a slightly lower roof, so the seating position is a bit more awkward for tall passengers. The seats themselves are also firm and flat, offering less support than the buckets in the first and second rows.
Firmness is an issue in all three rows, making it seem like Cadillac was trying to make them sporty bucket seats. But at the same time, there’s not enough lateral bolstering for passengers’ torsos to keep them in place during aggressive cornering. In general, most people will be comfortable, even after hours in the vehicle. But these seats fall into a bit of an awkward middle ground. They don’t really fade into the background like some luxury seats or hug you like sport seats.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 technology features are easy to use, with a very simple 8-inch touchscreen interface. The newest iteration features an improved rotary knob infotainment selector. It has a jog function, allowing you to tap the controller in a cardinal direction to switch between menus and screens. It’s not the best knob-based system we’ve used — the screen is still optimized for touch — but it’s getting better. In its current form, it makes for a functional secondary input option.
The screen is sharp, with good-looking graphics and navigation maps. It’s small for the luxury segment, so the available surround-view camera display is squeezed down into relatively little real estate. We can’t help but think that Cadillac would benefit from using a 10-inch screen.
The interior is also quiet and solidly built. Cadillac has gotten better at using premium materials. Most everything you touch in the 2020 Cadillac XT6 feels sturdy and upscale. But in terms of design and execution, it still lags behind competitors in creating a holistic impression of high-end luxury. Cadillac is edging ever closer to being competitive with other luxury brands, and many of the components are in place. But the brand still hasn’t quite cracked the code in terms of translating its vision into a final product.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 sophisticated driving dynamics are powered by a 3.6L DOHC V-6 engine estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 271 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission featuring next-generation Electronic Precision Shift. To enhance fuel efficiency, Active Fuel Management technology enables V-4 operation when V-6 power is not required.
Customer-selectable drive modes allow the XT6 to adapt even better to driver preferences and changing road conditions. The modes are uniquely calibrated to support the characteristics of the Premium Luxury or Sport models.
AWD is available on Premium Luxury and standard on XT6 Sport. The Sport model features a Sport Control active twin-clutch AWD design that helps enhance the driving experience with active yaw control. Sport models also feature Continuous Damping Control active handling and a faster steering ratio that is tuned to support a more enthusiast-level driving feel, with increased feedback and greater overall responsiveness.
310 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
271 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
Fuel capacities: 19.0 gal. (FWD), 22.0 gal. (AWD)
Towing capacity: 4,000 lbs
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 17/24 mpg (AWD)