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Cadillac raises SUV stakes, presents two versions of new XT6

by Antoine Joubert . Jan 25 2019
William Clavey / LC MediaThe new blacked-out Sport version and a classic version will be offered.

William Clavey / LC Media

The new blacked-out Sport version and a classic version will be offered.

Cadillac chose to unveil its newest SUV, the XT6, at a private event prior to the opening of the Detroit Auto Show.

The all-new seven-passenger SUV will slot in between the XT5 and the Escalade and compete with the Audi Q7, Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. Using the same architecture as the Chevrolet Traverse, it also borrows its powertrain, which consists of a direct-injected, 3.6-litre V-6 developing 310 horsepower, matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Two variants of the XT6 will be offered, and will be easily distinguishable. The first is a more classic version with its traditional presentation, where galvanized metal accenting is ever-present. The Sport version, however, will stand out with its blacked-out grille and window frames as well as its transparent tail lights. The XT6 will get some exclusivities compared to its mechanical equivalents at Chevrolet and Buick, including a night vision system, high-definition rear camera mirror and a 14-speaker Bose stereo.

At the event, Cadillac also showed a video previewing the brand’s future electric vehicle, which is promised for 2021. It’s a mid-sized utility vehicle that boasts exceptional technology, and a platform which will be used for many other products, whether it’s for the Cadillac brand or other GM divisions.

No information regarding the name, driving range, powertrain or even features were offered, but Cadillac insisted it will be equipped with autonomous driving technology.

The XT6 is part of Cadillac’s new strategy, which aims to launch a new product every six months from now through 2021. Among them will be a new Cadillac CT5 sport sedan designed to rival the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as well as a new generation of the Cadillac Escalade.

— LC Media

CadillacThe XT6 can seat seven.

Cadillac

The XT6 can seat seven.