The ESCALADE is iconic now, and is imho approaching the likes of the Range Rover And Mercedes G-Wagen for cachet. If they can add some more cutting edge technology to the mechanicals, like hybrid drivetrain, air suspension and IRS (give it more finesse, but keep some of the brutishness) it'll be a worthy and credible alternative to the European offerings.
One thing I will reveal, is that the headlights on the new ESCALADE and the XT6, are slim but are nothing like the slit like headlights of that rendering or even the Escala.
And don't forget Super Cruise. If early reviews are any indication, Cadillac may have a leg up on the European brands in one of the hottest technologies of the moment.The ESCALADE is iconic now, and is imho approaching the likes of the Range Rover And Mercedes G-Wagen for cachet. If they can add some more cutting edge technology to the mechanicals, like hybrid drivetrain, air suspension and IRS (give it more finesse, but keep some of the brutishness) it'll be a worthy and credible alternative to the European offerings.
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XT6 is nothing earth shattering but is very handsome and not over-styled. It will fit nicely with the XT5 which is imo the best looking CUV in that segment. Especially in Premium or Platinum guise on 20" rims. Without giving away details think Volvo XC90 with Cadillac detailing. Not exactly the same but that is the closest vehicle to the XT6 on the market. Actually if the Mazda CX-9 and Volvo XC90 had a baby it would be very close. I will say it's at least as good looking as the Volvo (which I rate highly) and would argue that the XT6 actually tops it in the looks dept and also the interior. It's subjective, so if someone told me they disagree they wouldn't be wrong. They are very evenly matched in that respect.
The Volvo and Cadillac are similar enough that it looks like they were designed in the same studio and the designers were told here's the basic platform, you design the Cadillac and you design the Volvo. I think the Volvo has more space between the leading edge of the front door and the rear of the front wheel well opening. The new Big Volvo sedan almost looks RWD in that area. I think the Cadillac is close to the WB of the Volvo but an inch or too less. If XT6 is on the XT5 112.5" WB I will be DISAPPOINTED!!
I have a theory that based on what I've seen on these two cars (XT6/ESCALADE) that the ESCALA grille might end up being Cadillac's base grille, and not that of the range toppers. I only saw one grille on the XT6, but my reasoning is that the ESCALA grille is uncomfortably close (at least in texture) to a couple of KIA's so I'm speculating that Cadillac have rethought that aspect of the design.
That's only a theory, and it's still possible that it could turn out to be the grille of the upper end of the Cadillac range hierarchy.
I'm curious as to whether we have any members that have seen the XT4, CT5/CT4? XT4 is less than a year away so it must have been shown to some people by now.
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