Cadillac XT6 Debuts With New Design Language

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

Cadillac has finally taken the veil off the XT6 and it comes complete with wood trim, Bose speakers, and an air-ionizer, just like your den.

Unlike your den—unless you’re extremely cool—it comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 310 hp. When you don’t need all six cylinders, it can deactivate cylinders to operate like a four-pot to save fuel. Likewise, it sends all that power through Chevy-not-Ford’s nine-speed automatic transmission.

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And Cadillac appears to have taken some time to make the XT6 fun to drive, too (for a crossover). With its twin-clutch AWD system, Caddy has imbued the XT6 with active yaw control, and sport models come with continuous damping control, all of which makes the steering more accurate, and will likely make this crossover behave a little better on the onramps.

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But the highlights aren’t necessarily limited to the driver’s seat, says Cadillac. All that wood and carbon fiber trim hide 14 Bose speakers make the timber in Bill Curtis’s voice warmer than a bonfire.

And not only are the first and second row seats heated, but the steering wheel heater also kicks on automatically, too.

And the Joneses in the back seat will be impressed by more than just their warm bums. You can also show off your adaptive cruise control, your wireless phone charging, your surround camera, and best of all your night vision (which is, unfortunately, an option).

And the Joneses can tweet all about your cool new Caddy thanks to its 4G wifi hotspot.

Other safety features include a rear camera washing system to make sure you don’t run over the baby Jones’s tricycle after a dust storm, and a heads up display. Automatic Parking Assist, rear pedestrian alert, and lane change alert are all also available.

“The XT6 is unmistakably Cadillac,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “It reinterprets our design language in a unique way, with the Premium Luxury and Sport models adding more sophisticated or aggressive character depending on preference.”

Two trim levels will be available at launch: the XT6 Premium Luxury and the XT6 Sport.

The former comes with “bright galvanic finish” (read: shiny stuff) on the grille and the side windows and special head and tail light lenses. The XT6 Sport, meanwhile features a black grille, black window moldings, and roof rails.

20-inch wheels are standard on both trims and 21s are available for the Sport.

Order books open in the spring for this Spring Hill, Tennessee-built crossover and pricing will be available shortly before then.

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Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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