Detroit LIVE: Cadillac unveils 2020 XT6 crossover

The XT6 slots between the XT5 and the Escalade.

Cadillac introduced the 2020 XT6 crossover online ahead of its public debut at the 2019 Detroit auto show. Positioned between the XT5 and the Escalade, the XT6 takes Cadillac into a growing segment of the market.

The XT6 arrives as a large, car-based crossover with a spacious cabin that offers seating for up to seven passengers. Up front, it wears a distinctive design with an upright shield-shaped grille inspired by the redesigned CT6 and thin, angular headlights. Dual LED strips on either side of the front bumper make the XT6 recognizable at night. Out back, Cadillac's boomerang-shaped lights re-appear, but they stretch into the hatch and they're connected by a strip of chrome trim.

The line-up will include two models named Premium Luxury and Sport, respectively. Each one stands out with trim-specific add-ons; Premium Luxury models boast wood trim, for example, while Sport models receive carbon fiber trim. Every XT6 regardless of trim level comes with a touchscreen-based infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a 15-watt wireless charger. Users can navigate the infotainment system by poking the screen, or by using a controller knob on the center console. There's a new jog function that lets the passengers tilt the knob like a joy stick to go from menu to menu.

Every XT6 comes standard with a long list of driving aids that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision alert. Buyers can add adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and night vision, but Cadillac's semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology isn't available yet.

At launch, Cadillac will only offer the XT6 with a 3.6-liter V6 engine direct-injected to make 310 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 271 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission come standard, and buyers can select all-wheel drive at an extra cost. Properly equipped, the XT6 can tow up to 4,000 pounds.

Though Cadillac hasn't released fuel economy figures yet, it notes active fuel management technology turns the V6 into a V4 under partial load conditions to save gas.

Made in Tennessee, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 will go on sale in the spring. Pricing information will be released closer to its on-sale date.

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