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2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD
Class: Premium Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 249
Fuel Used: 12.8 gallons
DETROIT—Cadillac revealed the next addition to its rapidly expanding line of crossovers over the weekend before the 2019 Detroit Auto Show’s official start.
Filling an obvious gap in the luxury brand’s showroom, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a 3-row midsize SUV that slots between the midsize 5-passenger XT5 crossover and the full-size truck-based Escalade. Depending on seating configuration, the XT6 provides seating for 6 or 7 occupants. Cadillac says the XT6 is “scaled for everyday life,” an apparent admission that the Escalade is too large for many would-be brand customers.
Chevrolet’s Blazer model name first appeared on a rugged, body-on-frame 2-door SUV introduced in 1969, and would go on to grace a number of Chevrolet SUVs over the years until it was phased out after the 2005 model year.
Cadillac made news in conjunction with the 2018 New York Auto Show by rolling out the brand’s first-ever small crossover. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 compact SUV will slot below the midsize XT5 crossover in both size and price, and give Cadillac dealerships a model with which to lure shoppers considering the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Lexus NX.
By now you’ve heard plenty about the eventual death of the traditional automobile. Word on the street is that consumers are abandoning their coupes and sedans for crossovers at a startling pace. Further, margins on crossovers are significantly higher these days, meaning that makers are putting more incentive cash into car deals to help move them out the door.
Nobody can accuse Alfa Romeo of not taking this seriously.
Two years ago – after a 20-year absence – the Italian automaker dipped its toe into U.S. waters again with the highly strung 4C sports car, a pseudo “exotic” 2-seater with great appeal but a limited audience.