The all-American Caddie flagship we've been waiting for.
This is the one Cadillac has been promising everyone for a long time and it's finally here. Presenting the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6, the luxury brand's American-built flagship sedan that's making its debut in New York. According to Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen, the CT6 "is a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles. In short, it is prestige luxury reimagined."
Built on GM's new, aluminum-rich Omega platform, the CT6 essentially represents the very best technology the automaker has in a single package. Although official power figures haven't been released, the base engine will be the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with around 265 hp. The recently updated 3.6-liter V6 offers up 335 hp while the also all-new, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 will spit out an estimated 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. All engines will be exclusively paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. V6 models feature active-on-demand all-wheel drive with a continuously variable clutch that infinitely varies power delivery to the front wheels to make the most out of handling and stability.
Also available is the Active Chassis System featuring rear-wheel steering and Magnetic Ride Control. Compared to rivals, Cadillac claims the CT6 is structurally lighter and stiffer than any other dynamically similar vehicle like the BMW 5 Series or Audi A6. Estimated curb weight is less than 3,700 pounds, and measures in at 204 inches long, just a tad shorter than a BMW 7 Series. Exterior styling is quite bold, with striking lines and an overall commanding presence from every angle. The interior, as expected, is a hot bed of luxury and high-tech. Leather seats that can massage your bum, while back, heated and cooled adjustable rear passenger seats and quad-zone climate control are just a few ways to keep occupants pampered.
There's also a 34-speaker Bose audio system and a streaming rearview mirror. Front seat occupants are also treated to a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen system and a console-mounted touchpad. A 360-degree camera view around the vehicle is projected to that screen. Official pricing will be announced closer to the launch date, and production is set to get underway later this year at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Chinese-market models will be assembled at a new facility in China beginning early next year. The CT6 will arrive in other global markets sometime in 2016.