2020 Cadillac XT6 Shows Its Escala-Inspired Face Ahead Its Debut This Weekend

Cadillac is gearing up to introduce the 2020 XT6 this weekend and the company is starting things early by releasing the first teaser image of their three-row crossover.

Set to battle the all-new Lincoln Aviator, the XT6 features an Escala-like grille which is flanked by slender LED headlights. Further below, we can see large air intakes and vertical LED daytime running lights.

While the teaser image isn’t too revealing, previous spy photos have shown the crossover will have a rakish windscreen and a gently sloping roof. The model is also slated to feature vertical taillights and a stylish dual exhaust system.

The cabin will follow in the footsteps of the smaller XT5, but the XT6 will feature a revised dashboard which trades the upholstered fascia for more traditional trim. The crossover will also have a new infotainment system which can be accessed by a rotary controller similar to the one used in the XT4. Of course, the crossover’s biggest feature is a third-row of seats which will enable the XT6 to seat up to seven people.

Cadillac has been keeping details under wraps, but the XT6 is expected to ride on the long-wheelbase version of the C1XX architecture that underpins the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. Both of these models are available with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 271 lb-ft (367 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

Considering the XT5 starts at $41,695, we can expect the XT6 to cost around $48,000. Regardless of final pricing, the model could arrive at dealerships as early as this spring.

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  • Belthronding

    i will like everything looks like escala,so bring it on babe!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Ha 😁

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Well this segment is heating up. I guess Cadillac and Lincoln was tired of Volvo’s significant piece of that pie. I hope it looks and drives the part cause the Aviator looks like a win already.

  • Jason Panamera

    Looks like autobot.

  • Brent Morrison

    GM…. lol. They should just die after what they did to American workers.

    • rodriguez256

      Be mad at capitalism not GM.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’m very excited to see this, can’t wait until Sunday.

  • FactChecker90803

    This is a Joke?, my older son and daughter inlaw, went to the LA Auto show to look at Family sized SUVS (both own Jeep Wranglers), they narrowed their selection to the Grand Cherokee and Lincoln Aviator. And I for one have to say that this thing will NOT COMPETE with either of does vehicle’s, to say the least about the GLC, X5 or Q6.

    This X6 will sadly be competing against the new Hyundai Palisade SUV, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, Volvo XC60 and Chrysler’s upcoming version of the Jeep Commander. Hardly the league Cadillac wants to compete in, but goes with out saying, a cookie cutter me too badge engineered GMC Ascadia dressed up as a Cadillac just won’t suffice.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      The car hasn’t even been revealed yet and you’re making this prophecy? The ignorance of the commentators here continues to baffle.

      • FactChecker90803

        If you take the time to do some research, such as going to gmauthority, you will learn that the Cadillac XT6 rides on an extended version of GM’s transverse-engine, front-drive biased/Awd C1 platform, shared with the Chevrolet Traverse (second generation, 2018 – present), Buick Enclave (second generation, 2018 – present).

        A shorter-wheelbase variant of the C1 platform is used by the
        Cadillac XT5 (first generation, 2017 – present), GMC Acadia (second generation, 2017 – present), Chevrolet Blazer (mid-size Chevrolet crossover, 2019 MY).

        In other words GM (Cadillac), have gone back to the Bad Old Days from the 1980’s and 90’s of using the same BONES for bare pedestrian vehicles to their upscale pretender luxury class vehicles.

        Johan de Nysschen (The previous Cadillac GM-Fired by Mary after a fallout), wanted to build 3 proper Rear Wheel/All Wheel Drive, Luxury CUV’S/SUV’S. Small and Midsize SUV’S based on the short and long wheelbase Alpha platform and a Large SUV build on the Omega platform.

        But looking at the XT4 and XT5, we can see that GM (Cadillac), have decided to compete with Ford (Edge), Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Nissan Toyota, Subaru and Volvo XC60 in the entry luxury class.

        The new Lincoln Aviator is mind numbing, it is a TRUE LUXURY UPSCALE VEHICLE, it is a true competitorin the Luxury SUV class, and not a pretender like GM’s offerings.
        The Grand Cherokee, well it’s a Jeep Luxury SUV, nothing else need be said.

        • Darrell

          Most cuv’s are bought by woman. Woman do not care if it is FWD or RWD. AUDI’s A3 to A5 to Q7 are all FWD based but are AWD sold. Lexus CUV’S are all bought by woman. The men buy the Jeep and Range Rovers. Cadillac is focusing the soccer mom side. Will it sale yes but it will not get the men sales from the Jeep and Range Rover crowd. It will take away sales from the Lexus and Audi that’s it.

          • FactChecker90803

            Explain to me the BMW X3, US sales 61,531 in 2018, X5 45,870 in 2018, GLC 69,371 in 2018, GLE/GLS 67,410 in 2018, Range Rover/ Sport/Velar 93,142 in 2018 (this excludes that fake Ford based Evoque), and the King of the Premium unibody SUVS Grand Cherokee 224, 908 in 2018.

            All these are rear wheel drive with optional all wheel drive, except the Grand Cherokee-awd standard.

            Yes by all means Cadillac, remain in the fake new minivan category, only vehicle in your lineup thats worth considering is the Escalade

        • Nordschleife

          Also with all that you wrote. Audi share some platforms with 6 Brands. It’s not about platform sharing it’s about making a good platform worthy of sharing. Most cars platform share. If this looks good this will sell regardless to whether it shares it bones with the Enclave and the Traverse. And if not guess what. Not as much of an investment wasted because it’s not like Cadillac is swimming in money.

        • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

          If YOU take the time to do some research, you will see there isn’t a CAT in hells chance that any Lincoln is on the mind of AUdi/BMW/Mercedes Buyers . LMAO. What are you smoking? It’s on the buyers of Ford Explorers maybe….BMW? Yeah whatever lol.

          • FactChecker90803

            Obviously spoken like a True Badge Whore, why don’t you sit in it like I did. With its Rear Biased AWD system, 10-Speed Automatic, 400HP TT 3.0L V6 and 450HP TT 3.5L V6.

            The Q5 engines are a 2.0L Turbocharged 252HP I4 or 3.0L 282HP Diesel V6. But its 111 inch wheel base puts it in the same class as the Lincoln Nautilus with a 112.2 inch wheel base, but at a distinct power disadvantage. The Nautilus will have Ecoboost 2.0L 245HP I4, 2.3L 285HP I4, 2.7L 335HP V6 and 3.0L 350HP V6.

            The 2020 Aviator has length of 199 inches, 79 inch width and 118.9 inch wheel base, will have the 2.3L 285HP I4 as base engine with the 3.0L 400HP and 3.5L 450HP V6 as upper engines.

            The Q7 is 199 inches long, 77.5 inch width and a wheel base of 118 inches, engines are a 2.0L 252HP I4, 3.0L Turbo 328HP V6 and diesel engines that run from 215-429HP. Seems to me that the new Nautilus and Aviator have the Q5 and 7 beet in all categories, well except Snob and Whore Badge Appeal.

            Ohh my wife test drove the Q7, X5, GLS, Range Rover Velar and the GMC Yukon Denali. She went for the 2017 Yukon Denali Xl, 6.2L V8 with the 8 speed automatic. Great vehicle meets our parental and grand parental needs.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            You’re obviously staning for Lincoln….bizarrely but that is irrelevant. Apparently I need to sit in a Lincoln yet you DON’T need to sit in an xt6. Your essay won’t convince anyone that Lincoln is a rival to the Germans. Who cares what your wife sat in? She chooses to sit on your mushroom. Her opinion is IRRELEVANT!

            You aren’t convincing anyone and I’m embarrassed for you! Are you actually special needs?

  • caddy45

    Front end looks promising so far, better than expected honestly. But not sure the performance / capabilities will really be able to go head-to-head with the Aviator or Q7. 🙁

  • Joe E

    Remember when the first-gen SRX was RWD and looked kind of like a big wagon? Enthusiasts loved it, but sales were awful. Then the successor, gen-2 SRX was FWD and sales exploded.

    Despite the Aviator being RWD, buyers in this segment do not care about driving dynamics. Sure, there needs to be a decent level of performance, but they care much more about styling (interior and exterior), perceived quality of interior, interior room, and tech goodies. That’s it! There’s no need to boil the ocean to serve this segment. I think this will sell much better than people here expect. And I hope it does, so Caddy can devote resources to segments where stuff like driving dynamics and drive wheels actually matter (the V cars, upcoming electrics, etc.)

    • Rocket

      “… buyers in this segment do not care about driving dynamics.”

      Yes, they do. Not all shoppers, of course, but it does factor into the buying decision for some. As does what’s under the hood, and if this tops out with the NA 3.6 as expected, it’s not even in the game.

      • Brent Morrison

        Like 1% of buyers… Lol

  • JTL2017

    I do hope it’s a success but I’m not expecting much. Quite frankly, Cadillac has been disappointing recently. This will be FWD biased, and have the same interior as the XT5. Atleast add super-cruise to compete with the competiton.

  • Rocket

    Bringing a knife to a gunfight …

  • no25

    That teaser does not look promising to me – thought i was looking at a Traverse for a moment.

  • Nordschleife

    The front looks sexy but oddly enough I got a slight thought of the Enclave. I think this will be nice but it will be hard for me to love it above the new Aviator.

    • SteersUright

      Well said. New Aviator looking to be a stunning new SUV. Finally, an American vehicle worth getting excited for.

      • Nordschleife

        I just saw it in its entirety on Autoblog. Yep the Aviator has nothing to worry about.

  • SteersUright

    Looking good outside of pathetic low-tech, underpowered engines and likely, lazy shifting automatics unlike any of the excellent programmed ZF goodness coming from Alfa and BMW these days. The interior needs to also finally be on-par with Audi, not Chevy, for these to ever make a strong entrance in the luxury vehicle space. What are the chances of that? If I was a gambling man…

  • Ben

    An exclusive preview of the full vehicle is available on YouTube now. I warn you, its….meh. Great DRLs, but everything else is plain Jane. Would make a great undercover FBI vehicle, tbh.

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