The 2020 Cadillac XT9 is meant to be the largest luxury SUV in the Caddie lineup. Although the company is silent on it, we know that concept exists. Also, expanding of the XT lineup will end with the largest of all crossover. At this moment, we have only XT5. During next year XT4 and XT6 will join. In 2020 the lineup should be complete by adding two full-size SUVs – XT8 and XT9.
Cadillac already has the vehicle in this class. It is a legendary Escalade. Although luxurious, the 2020 Cadillac XT9 will be below the flagship crossover. On the other hand, Escalade will be its matrix and the base for further development. With the growth of the Caddie XT5, new models in the lineup could threaten the supremacy of its older sibling.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Concept
To be competitive in the market, every company needs to offer models for all classes. Now, we don’t have simple ranking – small, mid-size, and big vehicles. There are subclasses and not only one between these main. The early success of the Cadillac XT5 made bosses in the company to order more models for the crossover lineup. The 2020 Cadillac XT9 will take a position above all. However, the concept is not so simple – the XT9 is not just a bigger version of XT5.
First – the 2020 Cadillac XT9 could appear as coupe crossover. That is a relatively new class. But, it is very popular, especially in the luxury segment. The other thing that could make this SUV different is a hybrid drivetrain. We don’t have too many models in salons that support this kind of drivetrain. The XT9 Hybrid could be one of the first to get an electric battery to help the conventional drivetrain.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Hybrid
Under the hood of the 2020 Cadillac XT9 will be a petrol drivetrain. This is not going to be the only part of the system. The electric motor will be under the seats of the new SUV. Both axles will get a power boost from the hybrid system, making its balance and stability better.
At this moment, it is still unclear what kind of a powertrain is going to be the base of the hybrid system. It could be the old combination Escalade used back in 2013. That means the XT9 is going to use a 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine in combination with electric motors. However, seven years will be behind this system, so Cadillac must modernize it with latest features and accessories. With it, the XT9 will be able to return over 20 mpg in a city drive.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Expectations
Big stakes are on the 2020 Cadillac XT9. The company is looking forward to launching one of the first full-size hybrid SUV in the luxury segment. Its main rival will be Lexus LX. That is one of the rare models by this manufacturer comes only with petrol unit. Soon, the LX 570 will get the hybrid sibling. So, that will make other companies go the same way. With XT9 out there, Cadillac would be in pole position when such models arrive.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Release Date
It is unclear in which phase of development the 2020 Cadillac XT9 is. It is still a concept and there are no spy photos to confirm its existence. Also, these images can give us a clue about further investigations. For example, lack of spy shots probably means that Cadillac is not ready to test XT9 Hybrid yet. During next year, fans are going to see the first concept appearance. We hope by the end of 2019 the XT9 will be out. But, it is not a surprise if the carmaker delays its premiere for 2020.
The 2020 Cadillac XT9 is going to be one of the most expensive crossovers in the lineup. It could leave Escalade behind. But, all this is possible thanks to the hybrid engine.