Powering the XT6 is a 3.6L V6 engine that sends power to the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. The XT6 is rated at 310 horsepower and all-wheel drive is available. The V6 engine in the XT6 features a cylinder deactivation mode, meaning that the car can shut off some cylinders to save fuel when not under load.
The XT6 comes in one of two different trims: Premium Luxury and Sport. The Premium Luxury trim features an attractive wood-trimmed interior, while the Sport model features carbon fiber throughout the interior for a more modern feel. Exterior styling also differs between Sport and Premium Luxury models, with the Premium Luxury featuring brightwork around the grill and windows along with 20-inch wheels. Sport models on the other hand offer a blacked-out grill, clear tail lenses and a choice of 20-inch or 21-inch wheels
Cadillac has placed a premium on technology and safety for their new XT6 and standard features include a forward collision alert system, automatic emergency braking, a front pedestrian braking system, front and rear park assist systems, lane-change assist, rear cross traffic and side blind spot alert systems as well as a lane-keep assist function. Optional technology on the XT6 includes Cadillac's advanced adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist with braking, rear pedestrian alert, a heads-up display, night vision, reverse automatic braking and a hitch guidance system.
The Cadillac XT6 also gets six USB ports, along with an optional HD surround sound system. Additional available tech includes a navigation system, 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto a wireless charger and a teen driving mode.
The XT6 is a new model for Cadillac and its first three-row unibody SUV in over a decade, but it isn't quite "all-new." Beneath the new design are familiar bones: a platform and powertrain shared with other GM SUVs, from theto the to Cadillac's own XT5.
When you get down to it, the XT6 is basically a slightly larger version of the. The XT6 is longer (198.8 inches versus 189.6) but with a wheelbase that, at 112.7 inches, is only 0.2-inch longer than the smaller model. The extra length frees up space for the aforementioned third row, bumping capacity up to seven passengers -- or six with the optional second-row captains chairs. The way-back is also fairly spacious, claiming a generous 37.2 inches of headroom and 29.5 inches of legroom for third-row passengers. The spaciousness extends to the cargo area where the XT6 boasts 12.6 cubic feet behind the motorized third-row bench and up to 78.7 cubes with both rows tucked away -- about 16 cubic feet more than its smaller XT5 sibling.
The larger XT6 wears Cadillac's current design language well and I like its sharp styling, which is capped off by even sharper vertical LED taillamps and daytime running lights up front. The Sport Platinum model you see here also featured gloss black trim, which helps the jewel-like LED headlamps pop, as well as a dark-mesh grille. Meanwhile, the flanks are filled by 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Good ~ Sharp exterior design and spacious cabin. ~ Updated infotainment is a huge improvement. ~ Comfortable and quiet, even with Sport upgrades.
The Bad ~ Cadillac's Super Cruise tech isn't available... yet. ~ The Lincoln Aviator is a way better choice.
The Bottom Line Cadillac's new XT6 is a comfortable and competent three-row crossover, but doesn't have what it takes to best the competition from America and abroad.
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