2020 Cadillac XT6 AWD Sport: Elegance personified!

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By Asian Journal Auto Editor

The new-for-2020 XT6 is Cadillac’s newest SUV, slotting in below the Escalade in the lineup as a three -row luxury SUV, sharing some of its DNA with the XT5, CUV.  The XT6 is longer, giving it an elegant, athletic appearance thanks to the stretched wheelbase.  The look is clean, broad shouldered and expensive. Styling-wise, the two available trims are distinguished  by  subtle details: The chrome window trim on the Premium Luxury model, is replaced by  gloss black  on the Sport model that also has the gloss black grille which also gets unique wheel choices (standard 20-inch, 21-inch optional), as well as smoked taillamps instead of the all red units.

There is only one engine option across the model range: a 3.6L V6 shared with the XT5, making 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to conventional or dual-clutch nine-speed automatic. The latter comes standard on the Sport model. The XT6 range starts with the Premium Luxury: $60,998 Sport: $63,798 Premium Luxury w/Platinum Package: $66,633 Sport w/Platinum Package: $68,053    My Sport tester clocked in around $81,428, with a long list of $15,330 worth of optional equipment,

The XT6 cabin featured Semi Aniline black leather seats and a really cool looking bronze Ombre carbon fiber look trim on the dash, and door panels- it actually looked wonderful! Metal accents, leather trim in all the right places and glossy textured surfaces all added to the ambience and richness.   A note on build quality, fit and finish – all up to the best of German imports in my opinion: It’s excellent!

The neat, smart looking dash features Cadillac’s latest Cadillac User Experience software, called “CUE 3.5”. It now has a handy scrolling feature for the touchscreen. It is a super bright, clear screen with excellent graphics, menu layouts, and quick responses. The sharp head up display is also a standout.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as does 4G LTE WI-Fi and wireless charging. All the controls are ergonomically placed and logical and easy to learn. The premium Bose performance stereo system with its 14 speakers and shiny metal grilles is a standout for music buffs.

A second-row bench seat comes as standard, and  offers plenty of legroom, while the optional second-row captain’s chairs  feature armrests and recline for even more comfort. The third row has adequate room and is not as tight as most third row seats in this class. They also come power-folding as standard. The cargo area, accessible by a foot-activated tailgate as standard, with a useful storage bin beneath the rear floor.

Cadillac does not skimp on standard features  as the XT6 is well-equipped for safety with such standard options as: forward collision assist with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure alert with lane-keep assist, front and rear park assist, and seven airbags, as well as AWD. A 360-degree parking camera coverage, a wide-angle rear-view mirror camera is also available, The XT6’s OnStar system adds further safety and security in the form of integrated cellular and GPS systems. With GPS built in, the XT6 can call for an ambulance after a crash and transmit coordinates automatically even if there is no cellphone aboard.

On the road, the boss of the XT6’s ride and powertrain. Is sublime. There is button to engage drive modes for sportiness, touring, and off-road use, and the all-wheel drive system can be switched off manually when not needed,   Our sport model featured the excellent double clutch transmission that holds gears longer, for faster shifts, while an active yaw control system that can split torque between the rear wheels to help the XT6 to handle better and really carve through twist and bends as needed. The Sport models steering ratio is also recalibrated for better responses.  It feels light n, but not loose at low speeds and then nicely tightens and firms up higher speeds.  The Sport also gets continuously adaptive dampers as standard instead of being optional, the result is a less jarring ride even on rough roads and potholed streets. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) rates the XT6 at 13.5 L/100 km in the city and 9.7 L/100 km in the city for a combined 11.8 L/100 km.

To sum up the Cadillac XT6 Sport   is a smart, fastidiously engineered and well-presented premium SUV. The base models are temptingly affordable and have everything you could want. Our tester at $81,424 was is expensive and that’s down to the killer cabin, and options. It is all there with Audi. Mercedes and BMW standards. With safety, features and all-American pedigree   that ‘incomparable, the Cadillac XT6 is wonderful to drive and own. Highly recommended.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport Priced from $63,898 plus option taxes and delivery.

 Price as tested: $81,428

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