The 2022 Cadillac XT6 will represent the third production year and a good thing to know is that there will be some nice updates. Although expectations were pretty big, this model failed to amaze critics and the crowd. Simply, it looks like everyone expected more from this mid-size crossover. That’s why Caddy is about to make up for the next year in some way, considering that the company’s advanced autonomous driving system, known as Super Cruise, will be offered in this SUV.
Despite the important update, the overall layout will remain the same and you may count on familiar design characteristics. This model offers a spacious and well-equipped cabin, as well as a pretty large cargo area. On the other side, it fails to impress in terms of ride quality, interior quality and overall refinement.
Despite the updates, we don’t expect that the 2022 Cadillac XT6 could arrive much earlier than usual, so you may expect to see it sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 Cadillac XT6 Redesign
In terms of the overall design, the 2022 Cadillac XT6 won’t be any different than the current model. This SUV is based on a well-known C1 platform and has most things in common with GMC Acadia. However, it sets apart in terms of luxury and styling, while there is also a significantly upgraded suspension setup, which provides quite composed handling.
Styling-wise, the XT6 is pretty much aligned with the brand’s latest design language. It features that massive shield-like grille and rectangular headlights, both taking a lot of inspiration from the Escala concept. It also has a lot of things in common with the new Escalade, so it’s no wonder it looks way better compared to smaller siblings like XT4 and XT5 models. The next year shouldn’t bring any particular change, though there’s always a chance to see new color options and similar minor updates on the offer.
Once again, we don’t expect to see bigger changes. This will be the third production year of the generation, and that seems too early for any updates. So, you may count on the same dashboard design, which looks good and offers solid build quality. However, rivals look even better and more upscale. On the other side, sound insulation is great, while the driving position is pretty good as well. However, the front seats would use a little bit more side support.
When it comes to the passenger space, the first two rows are very generous with leg and headroom. They accommodate adults with ease, but we can’t say the same for the third row. It’s okay, but adults won’t enjoy longer journeys in this row of seats.
In terms of cargo capacity, you may count on 12.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 43.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 78.7 cubic feet behind the first row. That’s pretty good for the segment.
The biggest novelty for the next year is definitely the addition of Super Cruise. This is a pretty advanced autonomous driving system, which is able to take care of steering, acceleration, and braking. Practically, it can follow a pre-determined route without human intervention.
Other than that, we expect that most of the things will remain the same as in the current model. So, the list of base equipment should include goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, six USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, satellite radio, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a sunroof. Additionally, you should be able to get options like an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless device charging, navigation, a 14-speaker Bose stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays.
2022 Cadillac XT6 Engines
The two familiar engine options will remain in the offer for the 2022 Cadillac XT6. Base versions will continue to use a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While the engine may seem okay for daily commuting, we would definitely recommend you to pick the optional V6. Of course, we are talking about a well-known 3.6-liter unit, which puts out around 310 horsepower and offers notably better acceleration and overall performance. Both engines come in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which does a decent job.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. However, keep in mind that the turbo-four requires premium gasoline. On the other side, the V6 runs on regular fuel so its slightly thirstier character doesn’t mean that fuel costs will be higher.
2022 Cadillac XT6 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Cadillac XT6 sometime in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 48.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, the key rival is definitely the Lincoln Aviator, but also keep in mind models like Volvo XC90, Acura MDX, Lexus RDX etc.