In the past, a full-size segment was reserved for traditional body-on-frame SUVs. These days, things are a little bit different, so many manufacturers are turning to a unibody platform even in this segment. This particularly refers to premium carmakers. Currently, the Mercedes-Benz is one of the rare models that use such layout, but several other new models are about to come with such design as well. The new BMW X7 is coming, as well as the Genesis GV80, which is Hyundai’s new luxury division. GM’s luxury brand will go in the same direction. So, we are about to see a model that will probably come as the 2020 Cadillac XT9.
It will be a full-size, long-wheelbase luxury crossover, with a focus on comfort, luxury, and on-road performances. At this point, it still waits for the official confirmation, though many reports suggest that this crossover is pretty much a certain thing.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Platform
The most interesting thing about the 2020 Cadillac XT9 will be the platform. Unlike most full-size SUVs, this one will ride on a unibody platform. It will be a true crossover, so it would be very interesting how this model would affect the Escalade’s popularity and its flagship position in the lineup. Many would find hard to admit, but there is no doubt that classic SUVs don’t have a bright future. Luxury SUV is far more about on-road ride quality and comfort and that is where nobody platforms act best.
Therefore, the 2020 Cadillac XT9 will ride on the company’s new Omega platform. Designed especially for luxury vehicles, this architecture is currently used for the CT6 sedan. It was also used for two Buick’s concept cars, Avenir and Avista. All future Cadillac models are expected to ride on this platform. Therefore, count on a longitudinal engine position, RWD as standard and available AWD layout.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Redesign
In terms of design characteristics, this will be a full-size crossover. It definitely won’t feature a modern coupe-like layout, but rather a traditional wagon/SUV layout. Therefore, you can bet on a pretty squarish overall shape, which will also provide plenty of functionality and practicality. In terms of the styling, we have no doubt that the new 2020 Cadillac XT9 will be based on the brand’s latest design language. You can see such an approach in models like XT4, but count on a lot of influence from the recent Escala concept, despite the fact is was rather a passenger car than an SUV. Also, be sure that the 2020 Cadillac XT9 will feature a lot of its own, distinctive details. After all, we are talking about a new flagship crossover, which will definitely need all the trumps to stand out, considering the upcoming competition.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Interior
Details about the 2020 Cadillac XT9 interior are still unavailable. At this point, we can only speculate or rely on rumors. Still, two things about this cabin are certain. First of all, it will be very luxurious, with hi-end materials all over the cabin, especially on the dashboard. Still, this definitely doesn’t sound exclusive, considering that all models under this badge come with top-quality interiors. The second thing that seems certain is a lot of space. This will be a full-size crossover, probably with a stretched wheelbase. Therefore, count on three very spacious and comfortable rows of seats. The 2020 Cadillac XT9 will be generous in terms of the space and we also count on different seating configurations. Base models will come in typical configurations but expect to see captain’s second row in the offer as well. Finally, some reports suggest an exclusive two-row version in the offer as well.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Engines
Guessing engines for the new 2020 Cadillac XT9 seems quite easy. We have no doubt that Cadillac will use its best cards in this case. Therefore, base models should feature a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. In its current version, this engine delivers pretty impressively 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Of course, we count on some hi-performance version as well. In this case, a new 4.2-liter V8 seems like a perfect choice. This efficient twin-turbo engine delivers a spectacular amount of power per liter. So, a max output goes all away up to 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque,
When it comes to transmission, we expect that base versions will use an 8-speed automatic, while higher trims should come with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. As we already mentioned, this will be an RWD vehicle, while AWD should be in the offer as well.
2020 Cadillac XT9 Release Date and Price
The exact details about the 2020 Cadillac XT9 release date are still unavailable. We are still waiting to hear something from the officials. Still, many reports suggest that the new model could arrive already in the next year. Also, same reports suggest starting price of around 70.000 dollars.