2020 Cadillac XT6 Is Set To Take Aim At The Lincoln Aviator

Rumors about a seven-seat crossover from Cadillac have been floating around for awhile but the model has finally been spotted undergoing testing near the Milford Proving Grounds.

Expected to be called the XT6, the crossover is heavily camouflaged but it appears to feature styling that is similar to the CT5. Details are hard to make out but the model has a wide grille which will likely be flanked by a pair of distinctive headlights.

The side profile looks a bit minivan-ish but the XT6 appears to have sharp character lines and pronounced wheel arches. A closer inspection also reveals a roof rack and a panoramic glass roof.

The rear of the crossover is a tad sportier as we can see a squared off rear end with a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Other notable features include a stylish dual exhaust system and a slanted rear window.

Cadillac’s latest crossover is expected to ride on the long-wheelbase version of the C1XX architecture. The platform underpins the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse and should enable the model to easily accommodate up to seven people.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the XT6 will likely come equipped with a familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 hp (231 kW) and 271 lb-ft (366 Nm). It should be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be mated to an optional all-wheel drive system.

The XT6 is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this fall, before going on sale next spring. The model will slot in between the XT5 and Escalade and compete with crossovers such as the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60 and Lincoln Aviator.

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  • Autoexperte

    Lincoln Aviator gets a direct competitor

    • Benjamin B.

      The Lincoln will come standard with a twin-turbo V6 with 400 HP while there will be a hybrid variant with more power. I don’t think so. Cadillac should offer a detuned variant of the 3.6L TT V6 from the ATS-V. That’ll make the XT6 competitive.


    It better look good because that Aviator is sexy.

    • donald seymour

      And it better have a rear wheel drive.

      • Rocket

        It should, but clearly it doesn’t.

        • donald seymour

          Yep, the proportions screams front wheel drive.

      • Status

        Will AWD do?

        • Hot Twink

          It won’t matter. The XT6 is transverse front-wheel drive. Because of that, it can’t use a transfer case. To make it all-wheel drive, a PTO (Power Take Off) and RADM (Rear Axle Driveline Module) drivetrain setup is used. Torque is routed to the front-wheel most of the time. Its a “front biased” all-wheel drive system.

          The longitudinal rear-wheel drive Lincoln Aviator will use a proper transfer case (bolted to the rear of the transmission) to make it all-wheel drive. This setup is a “rear biased” all-wheel drive system.

          It’s also more heavy-duty and can handle more torque than a front-wheel drive based all-wheel drive system like the XT6 will use.

        • donald seymour

          Status, I hope that you see this. NO. IT WON’T DO.

          • Status

            10-4 good buddy.

          • Benjamin B.

            but the new BMW X2 is proving that a FWD-based AWD jacked-up hatchback is popular…

          • donald seymour

            That’s a X2, not a midsized luxury SUV.

      • john1168

        The Caddy will have AWD but it will be FWD based. I think the Caddy is going to be outclassed here.

        • donald seymour

          Of course they will be. A vehicle this size in a true luxury category should automatically by default be longitudinal rear wheel drive. But it’s not.

        • bd0007

          There is supposed to be a RWD CUV companion to the CT7/CT8 (Escala) which will slot above the XT6.

          • john1168

            That would be nice. Any idea how long till we might see it?

      • Hot Twink

        The XT6 is transverse front-wheel drive.

        • donald seymour

          Don’t remind me of this failure.

          Edit: You know, I hope I’m wrong.

  • DBP

    I don’t believe Lincoln has anything to worry about…this really does look like a poor effort. Me thinks they may need to start over…i dont think Cadillac saw Lincoln coming!

  • caddy45

    WOW, looks to have great stance/proportions. Doesn’t look too FWD at all, but likely is on a FWD platform? See a hint of XC90 in the profile too. Very excited for this!

    • Rocket

      Yeah, I don’t know what you’re looking at, but the transverse FWD architecture couldn’t be more obvious.

      • caddy45

        Yeah first couple of pictures I looked at, I didn’t quite see it. But the profile shots really make the FWD architecture obvious.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks fwd, and has the phyzique/body resembling a minivan more than an SUV because of how far back the front fenders / wheels are pushed back into the body. The mercedes GLS, Range Rover, and Volvo XC90 have attractive proportions because the front fenders and wheels are pushed forward of the A-pillar, and that’s not the case here. I hope this looks much better when the camo starts coming off. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fb701ae8b13a24b41d8c28320b7eac508867fbb4180811813ba606acff52368.jpg

    • caddy45

      Good point, upon second look the wheelbase looks rather short for the length of the vehicle.

      • nellydesign

        They had similar proportion issues with the XTS. Wheelbase too short for the overall length.

  • Rocket

    Bringing a knife to a gunfight …

    • CBV2020

      Or showing up to “talk it out”… Late much?

  • MarkoS

    Hmmmm, de Nenysschen’s sudden departure now makes sense, if the Aviator comes in as advertised Cadillac is in trouble here.

  • TrevP

    They need to their act together! The Aviator is way ahead of the game

  • Craig

    So now Cadillac is chasing Lincoln. Oh what a difference a good design can make.

  • Craig

    If only FCA had something to challenge Lincoln and Cadillac.

    • Status

      The Durango is FCA’s closest offering, and it’s even then the ‘true’ offering from FCA should have been the Aspen.

      FCA NA operations are completely upside down. Dodge is commanding luxury prices that should be in Chrysler hands, but isn’t.

  • john1168

    So Caddy expects this FWD based suv to compete with the RWD based Aviator? uummm…ok. We’ll see how this goes in time I guess…

  • Nordschleife

    All the camo non withstanding, the Aviator hit it out the park so this better come correct. I don’t think the majority of the buying public care if it’s front or rear wheel drive as long as the end result looks good. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if proper name was to debut on the vehicle as well.

    • LWOAP

      Yeah, but that’s not happening. So we’re stuck with XT6.

  • Hot Twink

    That fat, nose-heavy transverse front-wheel drive XT6 is supposed to compete with the lean, sporty longitudinal rear-wheel drive Aviator?

    Yeah, right…

  • Dennis Scipio

    I think it will be a good competitor to the Aviator.

  • Bash

    Looks promising.

    • donald seymour

      I’m laughing.

      • Bash

        Good, coz it was a sarcasm.

  • vbondjr1

    It’s very nice, needs the 464hp 3.6L twin turbo, AWD system, 10-speed auto, brembo brakes, magnetic ride, recaro seats, active mode dual exhaust system, V-series aero upgrades suede interior upholstery, etc. and then it will be right.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      HA! In this?!?

  • bd0007

    It remains to be seen where Cadillac prices the XT6 and Lincoln, the Aviator, but regardless, the 2 won’t be exactly be direct competitors due to the different architecture/layouts.

    However, Cadillac purportedly has a companion RWD CUV to the CT7/CT8 (Escala) in the works – which will slot between the XT6 and the Escalade.

  • Miknik

    GIven the FWD proportions (likely because it is based of a FWD platform), this looks more like a Honda pilot or Toyota highlander than a premium car shape wise.

  • timii

    Seems more GMC Acadia than Enclave in body shape to me. Ill still chose the Aviator over this anyway. Im so glad its back.

  • Tumbi Mtika


    It’s already lost. It’s not even RWD.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Remember when Cadillac was miles ahead of Lincoln at the beginning of the decade.

      Well, shit’s flipped. HARD.

  • Harry_Wild

    Look like a minivan with the camouflage on! Like a 1990s Caravan!

  • botornot387

    based on recent introductions like the XT4 and the current SUV design language at Cadillac, not to mention their instance on using their FWD platforms instead of the Alpha platform that underpins great vehicles like the CTS, the Lincoln Aviator has nothing to worry about.

  • krusshall

    The dash-to-axle ratio obsession is alive and well I see. The obsession is fine for sport luxury cars but CUVs is another story. The marketplace says buyers don’t care in CUVs e.g. Lexus RX and NX, Audi Q7, Tesla X.

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