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2020 Cadillac XT6: First Look

  • Cadillac’s brand-new 3-row crossover.
  • The third row isn’t just for kids.
  • On sale spring 2019.

The all-new 2020 Cadillac XT6 (which revcently made an appearance at the North American International Auto Show) is a 3-row luxury crossover, larger than the midsize XT5 and smaller than the massive Escalade. Which means it could have just the right dimensions for many prospective buyers. It’s stepping into an arena that’s suddenly intensified. For example, the new-for-2019 BMW X5 has the option of three seating rows. The next-generation 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class will offer the same type of accommodation. And we already have the Lexus RX 350 L, the Acura MDX, the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90.

How useful is that third row?

The 2020 XT6 has adult-friendly space in the third row, with 29.5 inches of legroom and 37.2 inches of headroom. Power folding is standard and the second row has a remote folding function to enhance access to the rearmost seats. This works even when there’s a child seat buckled in. The high roof and consequently tall doors also contribute to easy entries and exits.

What technology does the XT6 have?

Among the tech features available is adaptive cruise control (but not Cadillac’s partially autonomous Super Cruise setup — not yet, at least), a head-up display, night vision, a 360-degree camera system with a record function, an 8-in infotainment touchscreen, hands-free tailgate, Wi-Fi, smartphone integration, wireless charging, cabin air ionizer and remote start.

The cabin has no less than six USB ports as standard, two per row. The ports for the third row are the newer, smaller USB-C types. The first row has one of each.

Standard-issue driver aids include the now-obligatory forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and parking sensors at both ends.

What other equipment is there?

Trim levels for the 2020 Cadillac XT6 are Premium Luxury and Sport. The latter model enjoys a tuned all-wheel drive system, adaptive suspension and a quicker steering ratio.

Premium Luxury has wood trim, while the Sport version receives carbon fiber accents. Both trims have a heated steering wheel as standard, along with 20-in alloy wheels and selectable driving modes. A 14-speaker Bose audio system is also available, as well as upgraded leather upholstery and heated second-row outboard seats. Buyers may choose between seven or six seats.

What’s under the hood?

A 3.6-liter V6 (with the ability to run on four cylinders) develops a useful 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. This goes through a 9-speed automatic transmission to drive either the front wheels or all four. Towing capacity is rated at 4,000 pounds.

How much does it cost and when is it available?

Pricing of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 will be announced nearer to the on-sale date, which is this spring. For an educated guess, think $50,000 or thereabouts.

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