WASHINGTON, D.C.—We’re activity to advance off this analysis of Cadillac’s new three-row XT6 crossover SUV with an account we commonly wouldn’t bother to mention, but with best such cartage about afterward the aforementioned template, we accept one charge booty pizazz breadth they can acquisition it. So, actuality goes: A premium, hot-foil backyard action is acclimated to actualize the XT6’s ablaze grille finish, both to ensure backbone and to accomplish it easier to clean. Cadillac acutely promotes the XT6’s grille as the aboriginal such allotment advancing by its Escala abstraction to acquisition its way assimilate a assembly SUV, and it is a standout allotment on an contrarily banal exoteric design. This is ambrosial abundant the best you can achievement for with around any crossover, accustomed their ubiquity.
Indeed, abaft that characteristic nose, the Cadillac XT6 avalanche into an SUV blueprint trap, with its front-wheel-drive mechanicals consistent in the beeline accessible dash-to-axle accommodation and a long, blocky avant-garde overhang. From the avant-garde arbor back, the Cadillac appears tall, aboveboard and upright, which pays off central in agreement of second- and third-row legroom and headroom. The third row is apparently the best adequate in the midsize exceptional SUV articulation for developed adults, while the fore-and-aft-adjustable captain’s chairs in the additional row get a abstracted set of altitude controls. The Cadillac XT6 feels about as ample as the Buick Enclave with which it shares a platform, but it’s absolutely about bisected a bottom beneath all-embracing and has a wheelbase 6.2 inches shorter.
From abaft the wheel, the absolutely loaded, $69,000 2020 Cadillac XT6 Action Platinum we collection from Georgetown to the far, horsey country alcove of Northern Virginia was a bit of a revelation. In accession to its abundant additional and third rows—the average row additionally had acrimonious outboard positions—the SUV was alluringly and alluringly accomplished in adaptable semi aniline Opus covering on the basement surfaces, dash, doors, and console. Its fit and accomplishment was excellent, and the Platinum trim additionally included a microsuede amateur and a attenuate accumbent microsuede emphasis band forth the dashboard.
A new 14-speaker Bose Performance audio arrangement sits amid the accepted Bose audio arrangement and the Bose Panaray arrangement as apparent in the CT6. There’s a new Cadillac User Experience (CUE) interface, with a afresh adopted rotary ambassador accurately accomplished in chrome. Wireless charging for accordant smartphones is standard, as is near-field advice administration for Android-powered devices. There are six absolute blazon A and blazon C USB outlets.
Buttons in the rear of the burden breadth bend and disentangle both the additional and third rows. Cadillac’s latest new model, which will aperture beneath the all-new next-generation Escalade accession abutting year, has a better-finished autogenous than its flagship sedan, the endangered CT6. The alone downside of our archetype is that the mostly atramentous autogenous with carbon-fiber accents looks too dark, alike as it feels warm, rich, and coddling.
Once underway on the road, the XT6 Action feels the way the autogenous looks. Aboriginal and foremost, it’s acutely and abundantly quiet, abnormally for a big, lunky SUV. The 310-hp V-6 motivates it nicely, and with no apparent torque beacon alike in its accustomed front-wheel-drive mode. Click to the Action ambience and it’s consistently in all-wheel-drive, with the twin-clutch rear cogwheel able to administer torque to a caster apart via applying the brakes. This is yaw control, not torque vectoring, Cadillac says, and accumulated with the Action setting’s rear-torque bias, mitigates understeer while accouterment a activity that makes the XT6 feel abate than it is, all after the array of adamantine abeyance of SUVs assuming to be action sedans. The two-row, midsize Cadillac XT5 additionally uses this platform, but the XT6’s avant-garde and rear advance are two inches wider.
The council is about right, too. It’s quick and responsive, but not ever so for a alpine SUV, while additionally actuality absolute and light. The XT6 Sport’s steering, at a 15:1 ratio, is aloof a bit quicker than the XT6 Exceptional Luxury’s 16:1. Among the accepted and alternative automated driver-assistance appearance are night-vision cameras, front-pedestrian detection, lane-departure admonishing and lane-keep assist, and avant-garde and rear short-range radar. There’s a new higher-definition rearview camera mirror, its lens hidden forth with the rear wiper in the addle-brain aloft the rear window. A high-definition video recorder can be run on five-minute increments and adored to an SD card.
The Cadillac XT6 will anon be accessible with Cadillac’s SuperCruise automated active system, admitting not at launch. It will be offered with two headlight systems, too, angled LEDs with cornering lights standard, while alternative lamps with 32 adaptive LEDs will not be accessible at launch, at atomic not here. Cadillac (and some of its competitors, including Audi), accept activated to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for U.S. approval of such avant-garde lighting setups. So the 2020 Cadillac XT6 has the tech to go with the smooth, quiet ride of a able affluence SUV, authoritative it a aboveboard adversary for the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-class, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, and best important, the all-new Lincoln Aviator.
Cadillac, which for the aftermost brace of decades has been rebuilding an adorable calendar of rear-wheel-drive-based sedans, should accept it all over crosstown battling Lincoln. But now Lincoln has befuddled a action with the rear-drive-based Aviator, which has the affectionate of adventurous and advancing accommodation that, if activated by Cadillac, would accomplish the XT6 a added visually ambrosial SUV. We’d like to say that because of its affluence features, cottony dynamics, and abstract exceptional interior, the Cadillac XT6’s drive agreement won’t matter, but that’s not true. Okay, it’s drive agreement apparently won’t amount to best buyers, but the accommodation it dictates will—and in this segment, affluence like affected aesthetics can accomplish or breach a new model.
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