Cadillac XT6 Debuts with New Design Language

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.

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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