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American luxury carmaker Cadillac has unveiled a brand-new crossover, named the XT6, which aims to take on other mid-size 3-row SUVs like the Mazda CX-9 and Holden Acadia. However while those two cars are very distinct in their design & appeal, the XT6 manages to appear quite forgettable, despite coming from the Cadillac stable that’s been getting quite a lot of kudos for its bold & extroverted aesthetic.
Perhaps the issue with the XT6 is that it’s managed to tick all the boxes and in doing so, has ended up mastering nothing. It has 7 generously-proportioned seats, a decent amount of cargo room, and it uses plenty of high-quality materials inside – but it lacks the visual flair needed to really make a mark in the segment. And if it had been a Honda or a Toyota that’d have been okay but for a Cadillac, it’s almost unacceptable.
The XT6 is very much an American SUV, with a massive 3.6-litre turbo V6 with 231kW and a 9-speed automatic, with either front-wheel drive or on-demand all-wheel drive that can disconnect the rear wheels to save fuel. It’ll be available as Premium Luxury or Sport, depending on what takes your fancy. The Sport will get the all-wheel drive as standard, as well as a torque-vectoring rear axle.
Mercifully, Cadillac’s fitted the XT6 with plenty of safety kit as standard, like AEB, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning. Adaptive cruise is available as an option, as is reverse-AEB and a 360º camera.
Regardless, talking about the XT6 is an entirely academic discussion though, as there’s absolutely no chance that it’ll ever make it to our shores. Not that we need it – just get a Mazda CX-9 and we’ll all be better off.