New Cadillac XT6 Packed with Safety Features

Middleboro, Mass. – Cadillac’s advertising tag line was once “Standard of the World” and with the introduction of the XT6 the General Motors division claims to be setting the standard for driver assistance and safety features in the SUV segment with its new three-row, mid-size crossover.

This new member of the division’s crossover/SUV lineup slots between the XT5 and the Escalade. Along with the compact-SUV XT4, these vehicles helped Cadillac achieve its strongest year in 2018 with 382,184 sales.

XT6 highlights include:

  • Premium Luxury and Sport models offering customers more customized looks with unique exterior and interior distinction and performance and driving tailored to the variant.
  • Nimble, responsive driving experience, powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, offering up to four selectable driving modes.
  • The latest Cadillac user experience, with intuitive controls including a rotary controller with new jog functionality.
  • XT6 offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance and safety technologies, including sophisticated radar, camera and sensor-based technologies

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Standard equipment:
HD Rear Vision Camera with Remote Wash
Forward Collision Alert
Following Distance Indicator
Automatic Emergency Braking
Front Pedestrian Braking
Front and Rear Park Assist
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Safety Alert Seat
Speed limiter

Available in option packages
Rear Camera Mirror with Remote Wash
Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking
Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced
Automatic Parking Assist with Braking
Rear Pedestrian Alert
HD Surround Vision
Surround Vision Recorder
Head-up Display
Reverse Automatic Braking
Night Vision
Hitch Guidance (with Hitch View)

Joel Hofman, XT6 program engineering manager, provided an overview of this new Cadillac at a recent meeting of the New England Motor Press Association. During an interview, he elaborated on some of the safety systems outlined above.

“We have two levels of collision-imminent warning,” he said. “Both levels are based on a camera that identifies a vehicle or an object in your path. You’ll get an alert which is the haptic seat or chime, as well as a flashing red light at the base of the windshield.

“The up-level system adds brake apply [to the above alerts] which will actually apply the brakes to protect you from striking an object.”

Cadillac pioneered night vision in 2001, bringing it back with a new, infrared-camera system available in the XT6

“The thing that is new for this system is the ability to identify humans and large animals,” explained Hofman. “And the object identified appears in a box on the screen [in the dash]; it also puts an alert in the heads-up display [on the windshield]. Depending on your distance to the object, it will also set off a collision-imminent warning.

“The XT6s that have night vision also have the pedestrian protection [package] and they have the imminent-collision-brake-application system – all running in addition to the night vision, so they’re all working together.”

According to Hofman, camera improvements mean a better overall night-vision system.

“The image has gotten much clearer, much better than the early ones,” he explained. “This system has the ability to identify objects as a human or an animal.”

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Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.