We knew it was going to be a tough job to impress us with any new three-row luxury SUV after we saw the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator land on the automotive scene last year, and we were right. Cadillac’s given it a go, however, with the new 2020 XT6 crossover, a second three-row, seven-seat SUV in Cadillac’s current lineup that’s not a huge, V-8-powered Escalade behemoth. Instead, we have a restyled, rebadged GMC Acadia that’s been given styling cues from Cadillac’s 2016 Escala concept car front and back, and adorned with an interior that breaks no new ground from the current Cadillac XT5 crossover and CT6 sedan. We got our first look at the XT6 during its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In short, we’re underwhelmed.
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The GM luxury brand is still likely to sell plenty of them to people who want a Cadillac SUV that seats seven (well, five full-size plus two smaller humans) and doesn’t cost a minimum of $76,000 like an Escalade does (can you believe that’s how much they cost these days?). In that regard, the new XT6 should be successful — it has a decent engine, GM’s venerable 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that can be found in just about everything the company makes that’s mid-size or larger. The XT6 has a spacious interior, with a second row that has plenty of legroom and a third row that folds easily with standard power folding seatbacks. It’s not a big third row, however — the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse have much larger third rows/cargo areas but building the XT6 off that platform instead of the Acadia’s smaller one would bring the XT6 too close in size to the flagship Escalade’s interior. So, it’s right-sized and competitive with the Acura MDX or Audi Q7 in that space.