New Cadillac XT6 Confirmed To Premiere At the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

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After the XT4 entered the scene, Cadillac took the decision to cancel the CT6 in the United States along with the XTS. The ATS and CTS are also coming to a grinding halt, leaving the XT6 to shine brightly in their absence.
The three-row crossover that slots between the XT5 and soon-to-be-redesigned Escalade is in the final stages of development, with Cadillac confirming that the world debut is set for the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. More to the point, you’re your calendars for January 13th.

Automotive News confirms what was already known in regards to the underpinnings of the mid-size crossover, sharing a lot with the XT5 and GMC Acadia. But in this application, we’re dealing with the long-wheelbase version of the C1XX platform that General Motors uses in the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave.

Without further beating around the bush, the crown jewel of General Motors is much obliged to serve its customers another badge-engineered product. Quite the contrast compared to the CT6 V-Sport, which features the Cadillac-exclusive Blackwing V8 and a dedicated platform derived from the Alpha of the Chevrolet Camaro.

It remains to be seen which 3.6-liter engine the XT6 will use, but whatever the case, brace yourselves for 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission developed by Aisin will come standard, driving either the front or all four wheels. If Cadillac can make a case for this fellow in China, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo codenamed LTG should make the cut with 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Based on photographic evidence of pre-production test mules, the XT6 will feature an identical dashboard to the XT5, featuring the ever-annoying CUE infotainment system and “invisible buttons” for the radio slider, heated and ventilated seats, defrost, and recirculation.

There’s a difference, however, and that is the control dial that’s akin to the one found in the XT4. The suspension system consists of MacPherson struts up front and a five-link setup at the rear, but it remains to be seen if the Active Sport Suspension featuring Continuous Damping Control from the XT4 will be offered as an optional extra.

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