Cadillac XT6 arrives as Escalade’s little brother

DETROIT — The Escalade’s “little brother” has arrived, giving Cadillac the three-row crossover that its three fellow General Motors brands have long had and another weapon to take on an onslaught of utility vehicles from luxury competitors.

The 2020 XT6, which Cadillac was set to unveil here Sunday night, fills a yawning gap between the midsize XT5 and the truck-based Escalade SUV. It was developed to have “the stance and presence” of an Escalade but “scaled for everyday life,” according to Cadillac design chief Andrew Smith.

“What we wanted to do was put together a vehicle that has a fantastic interior package but in a size that is fitted to most people’s lifestyles, and that really is the heart of the market,” Smith said during a media briefing.

The XT6’s exterior design lines are a bit smoother, less angular, than the compact XT4 crossover, which launched last year. It features several design elements, including grille and lighting, inspired by the brand’s acclaimed Escala concept from 2016.

Unlike the XT4 and other models, the XT6 won’t be offered in the base Luxury trim, only in the Premium Luxury and Sport trims. It’s expected to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Both XT6 models will be powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine estimated at 310 hp and 271 pound-feet of torque. The engine, which also comes standard on the XT5, is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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