By on April 25, 2018

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

Now that former brand president Johan de Nysschen has left the job of running Cadillac to a Canuck, it would be nice to see the brand take a page from Lincoln and revamp its naming strategy. What you see above is purported to be the upcoming Cadillac CT6 XT6, a full-size unibody crossover that’s on track to plug a major hole in the brand’s lineup.

Slotted above the popular XT5 midsize crossover and below the top-rung Escalade, the XT6 (as it’s tentatively named) promises three roomy rows of lux-mobile motoring. This vehicle, along with the compact XT4 launching later this year, was all part of de Nysschen plan to bring home the bacon in the domestic market.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

The model pictured here becomes more Cadillac-esque as it turns its tail towards the camera. A long-wheelbase version of the GM C1 “Chi” platform sits underneath — an architecture it shares with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. The XT5, as well as the GMC Acadia, ride atop a regular-length version.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

The camouflage is heavy with this one, so it’s hard to discern the model-specific styling underneath. We’ll likely see a strong resemblance to the smaller XT5, with diagonal slashes almost a certainty.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

As both the Traverse and Enclave carry a nine-speed automatic and 3.6-liter V6, it would be expected to find this combo in the XT6. However, with prestige comes the desire for more power. Cadillac can’t field a large utility without offering buyers the chance to step up to a more prestigious powerplant … can it? A suitable option does not spring to mind.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

Maybe Cadillac will massage the 3.6 to give it the slightest statistical edge over its GM stablemates. Then again, the XT4 makes do with a turbo 2.0-liter making 237 hp — less than that of the 2.0 found in the Traverse RS, and still less powerful than the uplevel Chevy Equinox.

It’s expected we’ll see the XT6 shed its protective coverings at this fall’s L.A. Auto Show, with an on-sale date sometime in the spring of 2019.

[Images: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde]

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19 Comments on “Spied: 2020 Cadillac XT6 Prepares to Fill the Gap...”

  • avatar
    Chris Tonn

    Really hope it has a flat-six like the old XT6.

  • avatar

    Cadillac Pathfinder… sorry, JX35… sorry, QX60… sorry, XT6. JFC, what a mess.

  • avatar

    “A suitable option does not spring to mind.”

    They have a 410hp transverse V6T in the XTS V-Sport.

    • 0 avatar

      Now there’s a good idea.

      • 0 avatar

        Agree, I hope they will offer the TTV6 in a “V-sport” trim of the XT6. Johan said they would be doing more V-sport models before his firing, which I think is smart, especially on the crossovers.

        One thing I appreciate about Caddy’s V-sports vs. say, Lexus F-Sport, or Acura A-spec, is that V-sports actually bring bigger engines and therefore true performance upgrades, grouping Caddy with “real” luxury marques (on that metric, at least).

    • 0 avatar

      I’m convinced this car exists so the Secret Service and a few spooks can have fast but low profile rides.

  • avatar

    Maybe a version of the new V-8 that will show up in the CT6 in the next year or so. (With or without turbos.) And the Chevy 5.3 and 6.2 liter V-8s are still very decent.

    • 0 avatar

      The proportions clearly say transverse platform. GM hasn’t tried to do a transverse V8 since the old, transmission-killing LS4.

      I expect 2.0T and 3.6 powertrains and hope for a 3.6T or 3.0T version.

  • avatar

    Cadillac outsells lincoln by better than a 2 to 1 margin. They are not a big threat to Cadillac yet.

  • avatar

    But I thought he wasn’t moving fast enough for you RenCen?

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    Exciting! A bigger mini school bus for the wealthier “sporting” family, for whom Buick luxury just doesn’t cut it. I’ll take one with the camo; the actual one will be as lame as XT 4 and 5.

    Marketed exclusively with CUE and perhaps the mobile version of Amazon’s home spy for the unwary, ever ready to ship a 24 roll of velveteen bathroom paper to the needy consumer via Prime. Makes you wonder why anyone bothers to leave home.

  • avatar

    That thing looks pretty basic to me. How is a flagship another CUV!?

    God I’m getting sick n tired with the CUV craze. They still will never look as good as a well proportioned sedan.

    Cadillac better bring their A game with this one or else nobody will give a damn. I just can’t believe how they can design such amazing concepts, with great design language, to only come out with such bland, basic half assed production models. It doesn’t make any sense!!

    • 0 avatar

      that has been my complaint about Cadillac (and gm) for years…………..they tease us with cars that can litteraly kick the crap out of the competition………..and give us very little of the actual concept. and please go back to f#$cking names. im sick of Art and Science look and im sick of letters with numbers.

  • avatar

    Cadillac Aztek!

  • avatar

    All you really need to do is get a great big map of the wonderful countries of Spain and France and find some good names for the next few Cadillacs.
    Let’s see. . . Seville, deVille..etc…you get the idea.
    Anything but alpha-numerics. Lincoln is going to leave Cadillac behind when they have all real names on their refreshed product line.
    I can walk out my back door and see names like:
    Riviera, Eldorado, Toronado and LeSabre.
    GM, get back in the game!

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