GM Will Debut Something at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but It’s Not the 2020 C8 Chevy Corvette
No C8 Corvette, though. Like socks on Xmas, the XT6 isn’t what we wanted, but at least it’s usefulby Jonathan Lopez, on
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show is very nearly here, and we’ve been getting a steady stream of updates on some of the latest and greatest slated to show. Near the top of the list is the new Cadillac XT6, which looks to bolster Cadillac’s lineup with a more profitable crossover replacement for its current line of sedans. And although that’s exactly what Caddy needs to bolster sales, we were hoping to instead catch a glimpse of the new mid-engined C8 Corvette.
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The upcoming XT6 crossover is confirmed for a full debut on January 13th, just one day before the Detroit Auto Show is scheduled to kick into high gear.
So far, it looks as though the plan is to fill the gap between the midsize XT5 and the full-size Escalade, with the XT6 heading a long line of new and updated models slated to drop from Cadillac over the course of the next few years.
|Note: 2016 Escala Concept pictured here.|
In terms of the exterior bits, the XT6 will take after the Escala concept that Cadillac debuted back in 2016.
Up front will be an angular, crest-like central intake, plus vertical styling elements that draw up and towards the rear of the vehicle. The headlights will be horizontal and very slim, while a variety of polished chrome trim bits will be added front to back.
The latest example of this new design language can be found on the XT4, so if you’re trying to imagine exactly what the XT6 will look like, take the XT4 and just make it bigger.
|Note: Cadillac XT5 pictured here.|
Speaking of making it bigger, the XT6 will get three rows for passengers in the cabin, unlike the more compact five-passenger XT4.
The interior will also take after the XT5 in terms of look and layout, but will obviously offer more space to accommodate that third-row bench.
Under the hood, we expect to find a standard 3.6-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission, which is the same setup you get with the XT4.
Finally, the XT6 is expected to hit dealers by mid-2019.
What’s Up With Cadillac’s Lineup?
|Note: Cadillac CT6 pictured here.|
The new XT6 really couldn’t come soon enough for Cadillac.
For now, the brand is floated primarily by two models - the XT5 and the Escalade.
According to research conducted by Automotive News, Cadillac has struggled to post solid sales numbers for the past few years, likely due to its “car-heavy lineup.” A new crossover slotting under the Escalade could help significantly in that regard.
Indeed, Cadillac is gonna need some backup, as the brand is poised to kill off its various sedan models, including the CT6, CTS, ATS, and XTS.
At the same time, Cadillac will act as GM’s technology leader, debuting its latest autonomous and even electric propulsion systems, and as such, it’s gonna need some new blood to stay fresh and relevant.
What About The Corvette C8?
Although this piece is primarily about the XT6, we can’t help but mention it looks like GM will neglect to reveal the highly anticipated mid-engined C8 Corvette in Detroit this year, even though it was tipped to arrive early in 2019. Despite widespread rumors that we would finally get the skinny on this epic watershed moment for one of America’s most beloved sports cars, [GM recently stated it had no plans to reveal anything new for the Bow Tie brand.-art183730]
And that’s a real shame if it turns out to be true. To be perfectly honest, we’d love it if we even got a teaser on the C8, because at least it would confirm that it was indeed on its way.
That said, a new Caddy crossover will at least help to drum up a little excitement around the GM side of the Cobo convention center. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Read our full review on the 2019 Cadillac XT4.
Read our full driven review on the 2017 Cadillac XT5.
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Cadillac Escalade.
Read our full review on the 2016 Cadillac Escala Concept.
Read our full speculative review on the Chevrolet Corvette C8.
Source: Automotive News