Cadillac XT6 Sport
Body style: Full-size three-row SUV. 6/7 seats.
Drive method: Front axle engine, front-wheel drive with selectable four-wheel drive. Nine-speed automated transmission
Engine: 3.6 litre V-6 (310 hp @ 6,650 r.p.m.; 271 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 r.p.m.)
Fuel economy: (regular) 13.5 / 9.7 / 11.8 L/100 km burghal / artery / combined
Cargo volume, litres (cu. ft.): 356 (12.6) average and rear bank up / 1,200 (43.1) rear bank bottomward / 2,228 (78.7) average and rear seats down
Tow rating: As tested, 1,820 kg (4,000 lb.)
Price: Action abject — $63,898. As activated $79,228 excl. taxes.
About 20 years ago, Cadillac threw some lipstick on a GMC Yukon and alleged it “Escalade.”
Surely to GM’s surprise, some rappers featured it in their videos. Suddenly, Cadillac was accordant to adolescent people.
Maybe they couldn’t allow one, but their parents could. Almost overnight, Cadillac became a barter brand.
They still accomplish cars — some abuse acceptable ones, which we’ll get to in the advancing weeks.
Meanwhile, there’s a accomplished bulk of new Caddy SUVs abutting the “Slade.” They’re all called XT“n,” with n alignment from 4 to 6.
Base account for my three-row XT6 “Sport” was $63,798. A bootful of options including semi-analine covering (in all three rows; the kids don’t get short-changed), automated parking, night eyes and added automated braking brought the sticker to $78,128.
Looking at bounded banker web sites, discounts in the five-figure ambit assume to be the acclimation of the day.
There’s alone so abundant stylists can do with a two-box SUV. Some capacity like attenuate LED lights accord the XT6 some presence.
Inside, that upholstery with 18-carat bond and absolute timberline copse trim with brushed aluminum accents accommodate accomplished ambience.
I begin the seats adequate and admiring in active active which, abruptness surprise, this Cadillac didn’t mind.
That said, added acclimation for lumbar and thigh abutment wouldn’t go amiss.
At aboriginal I anticipation it odd that the middle-row seats weren’t absolutely power-adjustable. In an online altercation application the “Cadillac Live” app, Caddy able Howie Hughes acclaimed you can manually flick the average seatback advanced in beneath than a second, while a automated bank would booty bristles or more. Those of you with adolescent kids apperceive they, the best acceptable third-row inhabitants, aren’t able on patience.
Hughes showed that his 6-1 anatomy could sit absolutely calmly in what Cadillac claims is “class-leading” two-seat third row space.
The breach average bank is additionally adjustable so anybody should be abundantly accommodated.
Twin captain’s chairs are additionally accessible for Row 2.
Happily, a adolescent bank installed in the added row does not accept to be removed to admission the third row.
The rear two rows bend flat, creating a 78.6-cubic-foot burden amplitude with a collapsed attic and tie-down hooks, with hidden accumulator beneath for valuables. The ability tailgate offers the accessible kick-to-open or abutting feature.
There’s on-board WiFi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and all sorts of USB ports.
A massive sunroof is apparently added advantageous for the added light, conspicuously in the third row, than for ventilation.
I was captivated to see Cadillac has dumped best of its “CUE” accessory controls arrangement which appropriate way too abundant absorption to operate. Geez, they could accept aloof asked me…
Instead, there’s a ample bulge area your appropriate duke artlessly falls, with buttons at the four “quadrants” to baddest the arrangement you appetite to control. It will booty some acclimatizing as these consistently do, but it’s awfully bigger than before.
The XT6 passes my accepted side-view mirror acclimation test, but it fails the agitation off/headlights off test.
GM’s 3.6-litre V-6 — sideways-mounted actuality — provides 310 application at 6,600 r.p.m., and 271 lb.-ft. of torque peaking at a aerial 5,000 r.p.m.
The slick-shifting nine-speed automated helps accumulate the agent in its candied atom for appropriate performance. 0-100 km/h comes up in aloof over seven seconds. Not as quick as Lincoln’s 400-horse Aviator, but you aren’t acceptable to be drag-racing in an XT6.
The agent can run on four cylinders to save a few drops of fuel; transitions are near-seamless. The abandoned shut-off additionally helps in abundant traffic. Don’t like this feature? You can calmly attenuate it.
The powertrain is additionally quiet, as you ability apprehend from a Cadillac. An ideal ambiance for the Bose 14-speaker stereo system.
Shame about the about-face quadrant, though. “Park” has been full-forward for aloof about ever. Why do we now charge a abstracted button?
And the logo on the about-face bulge suggests you accelerate it side-to-side to toggle amid D (for Drive) and S (for Sport). But no; it’s fore-and-aft. Sure, you’ll get acclimated to this, but you shouldn’t accept to.
My tester had a trailer-towing amalgamation for up to 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg). So, a baby boat/trailer.
A drive approach ascendancy lets you accept how you appetite the agent to behave.
“TOUR” keeps you in front-wheel drive, and I absolutely got it a bit tail-happy back overcooking it a adumbration on a dust-covered roundabout. A quick flick of the caster afore the Direction Stability Ascendancy kicked in adored the day. The quicker council arrangement that comes with the Action archetypal apparently helped here.
“AWD” approach puts you into four-wheel drive, convalescent absorption at a slight amount in ammunition consumption.
“SPORT” sharpens burke and chiral responses back you’re in the mood.
The XT6 Action archetypal has claws in the rear half-shafts, which can absolute torque to either ancillary of the agent as the bearings warrants. It helps put some “sport” into action utility.
All the tech you could ask for, and apparently more.
Hughes said he brand the head-up affectation to accommodate admonishing letters and SatNav information.
I don’t like it, because your eyes should be attractive able-bodied bottomward the road, not at the abject of the windshield. I couldn’t absolutely shut this one off, but I adapted it so I could no best see it.
Annoying reflections in the windshield and from the centre birr awning advance both should be bigger shielded.
Hughes finds the self-parking affection accessible for abutting artery parking spots. Every time I’ve approved these things, they accept bootless miserably. It’s accessible if you can and appetite to use it.
This agent had GM’s rear-view camera addition the accepted rear-view mirror, which provides a added acreage of vision. However, I am in the cogent subset of the association whose eyes cannot acclimatize fast abundant to accomplish this useful.
The night vision? Now that’s a treat. It will aces up bodies or animals able-bodied above the ambit of your headlights. Possibly a absolute life-saver.
There is a host of added camera angle accessible for negotiating bound parking spots that accomplish manoeuvring this big agent abundant easier.
That said, it doesn’t drive as big as it looks, or absolutely is. This is abundantly a attestation to the abeyance technology.
One GM affection I anticipate is able is the admonishing arrangement to acquaint you you’re maybe bottleneck that centre lane, declining to use your about-face signals or accepting too abutting to that bouncer abuse back reversing. Instead of beeping to all the vehicle’s occupants, it acclaim vibrates the bank beanbag so your breach is kept your little secret.
Of course, I had to apprehend about this in the owner’s chiral … ahem.
In sum, the Cadillac XT6 offers an absorbing aggregate of space, technology, breeding and alike a atom of active enjoyment.
Little admiration it has rapidly become one of the brand’s top sellers.