Company insiders have spilled the beans on the upcoming second generation.
General Motors will introduce a slew of EVs over the next few years, with CEO Mary Barra preparing the automotive multinational to become an all-electric carmaker by 2035. Production of Cadillac's electrified Lyriq has just kicked off, with the brand planning for more luxury EVs in the future. One such vehicle is the eagerly awaited Celestiq, a large luxury sedan slated to replace the CT6.
But it seems the CT6 won't be relegated to the pages of history just yet. Cadillac is working on a replacement for the first-generation model which was discontinued due to slow sales. Reportedly, the new model will utilize GM's VSS-R platform, the still-to-be-launched vehicle architecture that will underpin rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Engine-wise, it's unlikely a V6 or V8 will be shoehorned under the hood, with the new model expected to use the 2.0L LSY engine, as favored by other Chinese market Cadillacs. A mild-hybrid system can also be used in conjunction with this motor.
According to a company insider, GM's Global B/VIP electrical architecture will be used in the second-gen CT6, allowing for over-the-air updates and the fitment of Super Cruise and Ultra Cruise. Little else is known about the interior and creature comforts, but insights into the exterior styling have been obtained.
Reputedly, the new CT6 will boast an evolutionary styling take of the previous model's front-end, with prominent LED lighting elements. The second generation will also eschew the boxier styling of its predecessor, in favor of a sleeker and softer overall look. While the roofline will remain similar to the original CT5, a lengthened greenhouse will extend past the rear doors to give it a streamlined look.
Sources have revealed that the roof will taper off over the middle of the rear doors; a big difference from the original CT6's traditional, upright look. If this description is anything to go by, the new model will be quite the looker - Cadillac's take on the Mercedes-Benz CLS, perhaps.
Aside from slenderized C-pillars, the new CT6 will borrow sporting cues from its smaller siblings. First seen on the Cadillac CT5 and CT4 sedans, a dual exhaust treatment will finish off the rear styling of the upcoming vehicle rather nicely. While details are being kept to a minimum, the new CT6 is said to hit the Chinese market in the next 12 months.
Currently, it's unknown as to whether General Motors will introduce the new range-topper here in the United States. Judging by how the last one performed, we doubt it will make financial sense. After all, luxury consumers want SUVs and, as GM pivots toward electromobility, an ICE-powered large sedan wouldn't make much sense.
If it doesn't make its way here, consumers stateside do, at least, have the smaller CT5 to choose from. Additionally, the Celestiq looks very promising. The elegantly styled large sedan will be America's answer to the Mercedes EQS and upcoming BMW i7.