2020 Cadillac XT6 is a comfortable ride with plenty of room, even for big families
Detroit Free Press
July 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cadillac is playing catch-up — and playing reasonably well — as it rolls out the new 2020 XT6 SUV, a six- or seven-seater meant compete with established models like the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60 Lexus RX 350L and Volvo XC90. The upcoming 2020 Lincoln Aviator also promises to be a formidable competitor.
Arriving in dealerships now, the good-looking XT6 offers seating for six or seven and a choice or front or all-wheel drive. Cadillac builds the XT6 in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Shanghai, China. XT6s sold in the United States and Canada will come from Tennessee.
China and North America are very different, but it turns out we like a lot of the same things in cars. Cadillac’s research said luxury buyers in both places want a maneuverable SUV that's easy to park with three rows of comfortable seats. Comfort and ease getting in and out of the third row got special attention because it’s not uncommon in Chinese extended families for children in child seats to ride in the middle row while grandparents use the rear seat.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6: Better than an Escalade in every way
Super Cruise will be available from next year, but there's no hybrid option.
Jonathan M. Gitlin
Escalade Gets Company! The 2020 Cadillac XT6The Cadillac Escalade has much to answer for. Would the luxury SUV have become quite such a thing absent that body-on-frame behemoth? Few vehicles have been such cash cows for their makers, either; consider how long ago the R&D for that platform must have been amortized.
The XT6 was first seen at this year's Detroit auto show in January. I find it handsome; a well-proportioned two-box shape that looks current without being too imposing. That should probably be read as a compliment to the design team, for the XT6 is just over 16.5 feet (5050mm) long. (The vehicle's full dimensions are 77.3in./1964mm wide, 68.9in./1750mm tall, and a 112.7in./2863mm wheelbase.) The narrow LED headlights contribute to the effect, as do the 21-inch wheels worn by all the media test cars. I'm old enough to remember when 18-inch wheels were the preserve of race cars, considered too big for anything street legal; after talking with the designers, I'm not sure those days are ever coming back.
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