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DETROIT — For all you Cadillac admirers who ache for a three-row SUV but couldn’t allow the tugboat to berth the Escalade tanker in your driveway, there is acceptable news.

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The Cadillac XT6 is here.

Built on a continued adaptation of the bunched unibody anatomy that undergirds the two-row XT5, the XT6 feels as you’d apprehend it would — like an athletic, upsized adaptation of the accepted XT5. That will be abnormally acceptable account to parents who consistently capital a three-row Cadillac but anticipation the truck-based, blingtastic Escalade was added ill-fitted for Gronk to booty his New England Patriots mates to convenance than their kids’ soccer aggregation to a game.

Where the Escalade intimidates, the XT6 invites.

Say accost to the handsome face, a absolute brood of Cadillac’s Escala abstraction car. With attenuate headlights complementing a close grille, XT6 is a nice cut of filet mignon abutting to the Escalade’s Flintstones arbor of brontosaurus.

It’s central area you will absolutely get comfortable. Last-generation Cadillacs abashed with their maddening button-free, haptic-touch Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system. My acquaintance Dicran ran agreeable from his XTS, never to acknowledgment until the cast adapted CUE.

The XT6 is reformed. Indeed, it has one of the best systems in luxedom. Drivers accept how to collaborate with the animate screen: by touch, animate buttons, articulation commands or a alien rotary ambassador amid at the driver’s elbow.

It’s the aforementioned arrangement begin in the wee Cadillac XT4 alien aftermost year (enticing Dicran aback into the Caddy fold), but better: the rotary bulge now toggles like a BMW (long the rotary innovator). The awning is active in a acceptable allowance of carbon cilia or absolute copse depending on your trim, with a big ancillary of stitched leather. Simple and affected — aloof like alfresco — it’s Caddy’s best autogenous yet.


Women will acclamation the animate basement accumulator for their purses — a hidden amplitude fabricated accessible by the cyberbanking monostable shifter.

Determined to abstracted the XT6 from the Escalade but still action the latter’s active space, adept Caddy architect John Plonka and his aggregation chose the abate XT5 belvedere over the long-wheelbase C1XX belvedere that the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia share.

Then they allegedly acclimated huge cockle knives to carve out autogenous space. The additional and third row seats are appreciably ample for 6-foot-5 giraffes like me. And with a lower rear bank attic than Escalade acknowledgment to the unibody, I’m not gnawing on my knees.

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On par with the industry’s best, the XT6’s second-row captain chairs (bench seats are standard) can be burst with the simple cull of a button. The seats can be adapted forward-and-back, too. On a air-conditioned Washington, D.C., evening, I lounged calmly beneath the standard, across-the-board moonroof while adjusting my second-row bank calefaction and altitude controls.

But the three-row articulation is not a adequate abode for affluence manufacturers these days. While families will acceptable the added affordable XT6 positioned beneath the Escalade, the new ute is awkward by boilerplate makers below.

The Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9 are elegant, three-row SUVs priced $10,000-$20,000 beneath the XT6 while antic accepted cyberbanking appearance already absolute to luxury.

Like the Audi Q7, the XT6 stands out in articulation for its adventurous administration abutting to curvier BMWs and Merc. With its adamant edges and rich, vertical LED-taillight piping, the Cadillac deserves a atom in a carve garden.

But mainstreamers are arise the appearance code.

At $49,000 the Mazda CX-9 Signature may be the best-looking three-row ute, period. And the Kia Telluride has gone and aerial Cadillac’s architecture cues — LED-infused vertical lights, sculpted face, headlights pushed to the corners. Then Kia absolutely gets cheeky.


With a covering autogenous appropriate out of Ethan Allen, the all-wheel drive Kia Sport trim options the aforementioned accepted sunroof and safety-assist systems as my admired XT6 Sport trim for $20,000 less. Ouch.

What’s more, the Kia additionally standardizes adaptive cruise-control, a must-have safety-assist affection (just ask Mrs. Payne, who won’t go abreast a car after adaptive cruise-control and all-wheel drive) for which the Caddy abnormally accuse extra.

This from a cast that boasts autodom’s best chargeless drive system, Super Cruise. Adaptive cruise-control is the dispatch bean to Level 2 freedom with its adeptness to gap cartage on backbreaking highways trips — a acceptable absorber for absent ancestors drivers.

Elsewhere, the XT6 polishes capacity you apprehend from affluence models — like a berserk blanket that keeps the rear camera chargeless of mud and spotting. Or a single-button-push self-park arrangement that enables the big ute to clasp itself into bound downtown, alongside spots. Though already again, Ford’s Explorer turns agnate tricks. It’s not accessible answer three-row luxe.

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What is accessible is activity fast in the XT6 Sport, my admired trim.

Echoing its exoteric and autogenous artlessness (there’s a arrangement here), Cadillac additionally makes it accessible to boutique application its alleged “Y strategy.” Booty the angle in the alley and you get chromed front-wheel drive Premium Affluence (all-wheel drive is optional) starting at $53,000 or an all-wheel drive black-mascara Sport for $57,000. Add tech packs for adaptive cruise-control and self-park.

The Sport advantage oozes aptitude to go with its looks. While the crammer 310-horsepower V-6 is standard, the Sport gets adaptive dampers and rear twin-clutch backpack for handling. Cadillac is actively acquainted that — after a rear-drive belvedere in its calendar like BMW, Audi, Lincoln — it needs to up its able-bodied game.


With the adeptness to bandy 100 percent of torque from one rear caster to the other, the Cadillac rotates accurately through corners. Quick linebackers like the Dodge Durango SRT and Ford Explorer Sport accept awash me on the abstraction of adventurous utes. The XT6 is worthy.

When anchorage about-face icy, the twin-clutch affection will abide to reward. Drop a caster into a snow rut? The XT6 throws torque electronically to the added caster and pulls the big ute out.

With a nod to its electric-car investments, Cadillac advertises its agent torque with a 400 alphanumeric (roughly the Newton-meter number) on the rear abode — but you won’t acquisition any battery-hybrids in the XT6 lineup. Cadillac leaves that to Lexus and Lincoln.

For all its fine-art sculpting, the XT6 is an apprehensible vehicle. Let Escalade do bling. The new three-row is humbly aimed at families who appetite reliable, ample transportation.

There’s one agent choice. Two trim choices (OK, if you appetite some bling you can splurge on a Platinum package), one nine-speed transmission, 11 accepted features.

Cadillac’s cast claiming is whether its aboriginal artwork justifies its amount tag over the boilerplate SUV arrangement prints at the anatomy boutique abutting door.

Vehicle type: Front-engine, front- and all-wheel drive, 7- or 8-passenger SUV

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Price: Abject amount $53,690 including $995 destination allegation ($65,940 Sport as tested)

Powerplant: 3.6-liter V-6

Power: 310 horsepower, 271 pound-feet of torque

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Performance: 0-60 afar per hour (NA); best towing, 4,000 pounds

Weight: 4,441 pounds abject (4,690 Sport as tested)

Fuel economy: EPA: 17 city/24 highway/20 combined


Highs: Sculpted exterior; convenient infotainment

Lows: Lacks accepted appearance of cartage $20,000 cheaper; gets pricey

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Overall: 3 stars

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