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Cadillac XT6 and Chevy Blazer Are Semifinalists for 2020 Utility of the Year

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As 2019 draws gradually to a close, it’s normal to start anticipating which new models will win end-of-the-year accolades. And you now have reason to root for the Cadillac XT6 and Chevy Blazer this car award season. Per GM Authority, both models are on the semifinalist list for 2020 North American Utility of the Year.

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More about the award

If you’re not familiar with the North American Car of the Year awards, there are basically three awards that the organization recognizes new models for in three different categories: car, utility, and truck. A panel of 50 automotive journalists from Canada and the U.S. evaluate contenders based on seven criteria: innovation, safety, performance, design, technology, value, and driver satisfaction. Considering the exclusivity of this accolade, the fact that the XT6 and Blazer are in the running for the Utility award is a major achievement for both Cadillac and Chevrolet.

Cadillac XT6

The XT6 is the brand’s new seven-passenger addition to its already-impressive family of luxury vehicles. It slots between the XT5 and the Escalade, in terms of size and price point. Cadillac designed this spacious, high-tech SUV to make life easier for modern owners that juggle a lot of obligations both at work and at home.

Chevy Blazer

The Blazer, by contrast, is Chevy’s contemporary reimagining of the vintage model by that name. It takes its styling cues from the Chevy Camaro, while offering a few different powertrains to suit different preferences. When equipped with the V6 powertrain, it yields 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The model can also tow up to 4,500 pounds, when outfitted with all-wheel drive and Driver Mode Control.

We wish the XT6 and Blazer the best of luck as we wait to hear the winners of the Utility award, which will be revealed in January at the North American International Auto Show.

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News Sources: North American Car of the YearGM Authority