WHY DIDNíT CADILLAC GIVE US A BABY ESCALADE WITH THE XT6?
In a time where SUVís and crossovers are all the rave, I sat and thought about how mundane the Cadillac line-up is when it comes to substance. The XT6 already looks like a lame duck compared to its cross town rival with the addition of it new Aviator (boy is it a know out). Being a Cadillac loyalist I canít help but to look at the XT6 as......gutless. It has no soul and no passion. Itís a.....minivan sans the sliding doors. I couldnít help but to wonder what would have happened if the XT6 was based on a midsized truck platform to give it more substance other than just leather, wood grain and shiny chrome. Could the XT6 been able to compete with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Land Rover Discovery, or sit somewhere in the middle? Even if most performance 4x4ís never go off the pavement I figure it would at least add selling points that would add substance to the product other than .....it being pretty. I donít think such a product would have been hard to produce because GMís Australian arm already have the platform under the Holden TrailBlazer. Sure, itís a couple of years dated but an upgrade in technology, sheet metal and interior and it could have been a worthy example of brand engineering. Besides, Cadillac is on a mission to be an international brand and the TrailBlazer in its current form is already an international product. The Holden TrailBlazer has the same wheelbase and also has a third row. Itís off road capable and it would place it more in line with its big brother the Escalade. While the Escalade is a haul monster, it would leave luxury off-roaring to its little sibling, while the rest of the crossovers handle civilian duties. That way, Cadillac SUVís would offer an array of performance oriented vehicles across its portfolio. I donít know much, but I think the XT6 has a huge fight on its hands and just having a crest on its nose wont be enough to command the price. Again.....THAT Lincoln Aviator is a stunner on looks alone(inside and out).
The picture is a small rendering I did to at least TRY to help the XT6, to see how the TrailBlazer would look in Cadillac duds.