"Escalade is an ambitious vehicle, but too big for much of the world," said Andrew Smith, General Manager of Global Cadillac. For many years, Cadillac executives have recognized that a three-row family vehicle is required to keep customers from leaving the brand. The urgency of entering the market has grown as low gasoline prices increase demand for larger commercial vehicles in the US and demand for SUVs in China.
Enter the XT6, a six- or seven-passenger crossover that completes the core setup. The compact XT4 is in the fastest growing segment, the XT5 is in the world's largest segment, and the XT6 is a walk-up device that offers more space and value to families who do not need full size Escalade.
The XT6 is handy. There is no attempt to make a broader statement for the brand. The work started before the XT4 was finished. The XT6 was developed considering the full spectrum. The people in charge called it XT6 instead of XT7, "because we see nothing slicing between it and the XT5," Smith said.
It does not replace the CT6 as a tech flagship - on the one hand, it does not have Super Cruise, which offers the support of the driver with handsfree function on the highway. Super Cruise will be launched in the entire Cadillac range from 2020. After the XT6 start, the new Cadillac president Steve Carlisle said.
The goal was to get Escalade Cachet on a vehicle built in the same C1 architecture as the XT5, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, making it available at the same plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee and Shanghai.
Under the hood, the well-known 3.6-liter V-6 has 310 hp and 271 lb-ft with cylinder deactivation and stop-start function. In contrast to the eight-speed XT5, it is coupled with GM's Neungang automatic transmission. Although designed for additional power trains, the executives are now mothers. Electric motors may not be included in the cards. Carlisle referred to GM's strategy to develop specifically for electric vehicles such as Chevy Bolt and Volt.
The XT6 has a MacPherson strut front and a five-link rear suspension with preloaded springs, and the XT5's suspension system upgrades, said XT6 chief engineer John Plonka. Continuous damping is standard on the Sport model and optional on Premium Luxury. As with the XT5, the optional AWD system can be disabled to save fuel. A dual-clutch rear axle provides vectoring. AWD is standard for sports, optional for luxury. Although the XT6 does not make Moab, it will tackle the road to the cottage.
In order to stand alone, it had to have presence. With the XT6, which was 9.3 inches longer and 2.3 inches wider than the XT5, Smith said it was one of the first times he was asked to make a vehicle bigger. All this adds weight, but after lengthy debates it was considered important. And although Cadillacs have been known in the past for splitting industry-standard vehicle segments, the XT6 sits at the heart of the segment.
Designed and built in Detroit as a global vehicle, the XT6 needed to have its own look and feel. Once the designers had a clear picture of the target customer, they dropped the huge wheels, causing the sketches to flow easily. The XT6 is the first car from scratch that has adopted the softer, simpler look of the 2016 Escala sedan - a departure from the hard edges of the years - but it retains signatures like the vertical light arrangements. The new look was well received in customer clinics and clay models were sent to China for input.
Cadillac designers attached importance to a spacious interior. All three rows had to be comfortable. In China, this is often a multigenerational purchase intended for parents in the front row, children in the second and grandparents in the background. Therefore, the XT6 offers the choice between two captains chairs or a middle bank, which offers three seats.
This seat arrangement requires a diversion of the vents, which provides sufficient back and legroom for adults, a sliding roof with two windows and good acoustics for conversation from front to back. Seats have a new structure for comfort and the leather has a new chevron stitch pattern. The front seats are heated and cooled; The second row is heated. Additional cup holders of the second row are located in a pull-out drawer under a center console with separate air conditioning. There are sockets for powering devices.
Seats in the second row tilt, tilt and slide to get into the back row, or you can switch between the captain's chairs. The cargo compartment keys fold down the headrests and fold the third and second row completely flat - perfect for the Home Depot run. The spare wheel bay can also save the safety screen. Above the well is a storage box with a cover that stays in place at every angle - convenient for large groceries.
There are two models: Sport and Premium Luxury. Both can be ordered with a Platinum package. Luxury takes the Escala face with a lot of light cut closer. Sport has a black mesh grid inspired by the V series and more black trim for a murdered look. Standard wheels are 20 inches, with 21s optional for sports.
Inside there is a steering wheel and an improved dashboard in a new look. However, the overall picture is similar to the XT5, with the use of materials such as microsuede, engineered wood and copper-carbon fiber fabrics being a little different.
The next-generation CUE infotainment system in the 2020 model has a rotary knob that moves like a joystick, or you touch the 8.0-inch screen. And yes, there are volume controls and a Bose sound system with 8 or 14 speakers. Connectivity includes charging mobile phones and NFC technology to allow one-tap Bluetooth pairing of Android phones.
Although there is no Super Cruise, the driver assistance systems include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, lane departure warning, power assist and night vision with automatic high beam and optional adaptive headlamps that are expected to be registered in the US to us soon. Haptic safety warnings make the seat vibrate.
The first pre-production vehicle left the assembly line in September in Spring Hill. The staff called it Elvis when it left Tennessee for a dealer meeting in Las Vegas. The traders have since called for it, Smith said. The plant in Shanghai built its first model in December.
The XT6 will be launched this spring and will compete against the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60 and Volvo XC90. With competitive pricing, the price could range from $ 45,000 to $ 55,000, and the XT5 ($ 42,690 - $ 66,890) and Escalade ($ 76,490) can be easily used.
The Cadillac headquarters move to Detroit will help launch the XT6. Every six months, a new model is planned, said Carlisle. The time in New York was well spent, he said, but "the proximity of the manufacturer and seller will only help."
|2020 Cadillac XT6|
|BASE PRICE||$ 45,000- $ 48,000 (est)|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front engine, FWD / AWD, 6-7-speed, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||DOHC 24-valve V-6 with 3.6 l / 310 hp / 271 lb-ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,500-4,700 lb (est)|
|LENGTH X WIDE X HEIGHT||198.8 x 77.3 x 68.9 inches|
|0-60 MPH||7.7 sec (MT est)|
|EPA CITY / HWY / COMB FUEL ECON||Not yet tested|
|FOR SALE IN THE USA||Spring 2019|