The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is Cadillac’s long-awaited answer to the numerous three-row luxury crossovers that have been on sale for years. It is not a shrunken Escalade. Instead, GM decided to pull one of its other well-used platforms for duty, with the XT6 being most similar to the GMC Acadia underneath. That means the Cadillac is rolling with similar running gear, too. Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V6 making 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but our Sport model has an upgraded all-wheel-drive system. It also has some other special mechanical bits to make it better than the standard XT6. For example, the Sport trim has continuously variable dampers that stiffen in Sport mode. That upgraded all-wheel drive system adds twin clutches on the axles to facilitate torque vectoring. And the steering ratio is changed to 15:1, as opposed to the 16:1 ratio used on Premium Luxury trim models. This XT6 Sport also features some exterior and interior finishes not seen on other XT6 models. Black trim dominates outside, headlined by a large, black mesh grille. Then on the inside, we get real carbon fiber trim. There are plenty of cool features like Cadillac’s Night Vision and the rear camera mirror, but Super Cruise still isn’t available as an option on this Cadillac. GM has promised a wider adoption of Super Cruise for its lineup in the future, but we’re not there yet. Before options, our XT6 Sport came in at $58,090, including the $995 destination charge. The $3,700 Platinum package adds semi-aniline leather seats, a suede headliner and premium carpeting throughout the cabin. A $2,350 Enhanced Visibility and Tech package brings us the eight-inch instrument cluster digital display, a head-up display, rear camera mirror, rear pedestrian alert and an automatic parking assist feature. Then, a $1,300 Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise control and enhanced automatic emergency braking, including rear braking. Our car also has the $750 Comfort and Air Quality package, which adds heated rear seats, cooled front seats and an air ionizer for the cabin. The pretty Red Horizon Tintcoat costs $1,225, and the fancy Night Vision option adds another $2,000. That brings us to our grand total of $71,190. Associate Editor Byron Hurd: I was on the XT6 launch with my previous publication, so I've had a decent amount of seat time in Cadillac's new three-row crossover. The natural comparison point for XT6 is the Lincoln Aviator, which is a much more interesting design inside, outside and underneath the metal. Ford's quality control may be questionable (to put it mildly), but the Aviator itself is still plenty impressive. The XT6, conversely, is very restrained. It's fundamentally front-wheel drive, has only one available engine, and has a very conservative design inside and out. This may sound dull, but at least it works. The assembly seems tight and consistent. The interior design is coherent and intuitive. Spending some time with an old acquaintance: @therealautoblog's @Cadillac #XT6. …
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|MPG||18 City / 25 Hwy|
|Transmission||9-spd auto w/OD|
|Power||310 @ 6600 rpm|
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