Unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the all-new, 2016 Cadillac CT6 is the new big daddy in Cadillac’s lineup and is “all” everything! Seriously, its all-wheel-drive, has all-wheel-steering, and comes with an all-wheel suspension system fitted with General Motor’s acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control.
Looking very much like a stretched CTS (CT5) sedan and aimed directly at the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, the 2016 CT6 adopts Cadillac’s latest Art and Science design philosophy, featuring an aggressive front end with a bold shield-shaped radiator grille and LED daytime running lights that stretch into the lower bumper.
It rides on GM’s new, aluminum-intensive Omega platform; measures 204 inches long, 74 inches wide and 57.9 inches tall; and weighs 3700 pounds (1678 kg). For some perspective on just how light it is, consider that the smaller CTS is actually heavier at roughly 3,800 pounds (1723 kg), while the similarly-sized Audi A8 tips the scale at 4,300 pounds (1950 kg). That’s quite the technical accomplishment from Cadillac’s engineers, right?
Cadillac’s full-size sedan offers seating for up to five people, offering them a luxurious atmosphere that is supposedly bank vault quiet. Its interior houses an improved CUE infotainment system with a high-resolution 10.2-inch display, leather-trimmed front seats with a massage function, reclining rear seats, a 34-speaker Bose sound system, and a quadzone climate control system.
Other premium touches and tech goodies include exotic wood and carbon fiber trim, a center console-mounted touchpad controller, OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a smartphone charger.
Still not impressed? How about an Articulating Rear Seat package that features individual rear seats offering 3.3 inches of travel; massaging, heating and cooling functions; and armrest-mounted media controls?
Under the 2016 CT6’s hood is a choice of three engines:
- A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces approximately 265 horsepower
- A naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 rated at around 335 hp
- A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with approximately 400 hp and 400 lb-ft. (543 Nm) of torque
All engines are connected to an eight-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmissions paired with either a rear-wheel drive setup or an active-on-demand all-wheel drive system with a “continuously variable clutch that infinitely varies power delivery to the front wheels.”
The long list of safety features includes a 360-degree camera with recording capabilities, a night vision system that can identify people and animals via their heat signatures, an Advanced Park Assist system with automatic braking, and a Pedestrian Collision Mitigation system.
The all-new, 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be built in Hamtramck, Michigan, and goes on sale before the end of 2015. Are you happy with how it turned out?
Cadillac Hopes To Double Global Sales With CT5, XT4, XT6
Cadillac has big hopes for its upcoming models. In a presentation to investment bankers and analysts at the Deutsche Bank Automotive Conference, parent GM outlined plans to significantly increase the brand’s sales volume and profits over the next four years.
The calls for a two-fold improvement in Cadillac’s sales and profits over the next four years, with most of the increase coming from the addition of the new XT4 compact crossover (pictured); CT5 sedan, which replaces the ATS and CTS in 2020; and the large XT6 three-row crossover.
The XT4, in particular, fills a every important void in Cadillac’s lineup — utility vehicles, especially compact models, continue to sell like hot takes — and replacing both the ATS and CTS with one model is a smart move considering the rapid decline in the sedan segment. The XT6 will be for those who want something tamer than the highly-successful and profitable Escalade.
There will be other new Cadillac models, but we don’t think any of them will be as important as the XT4, XT5 and XT7. With its crossover bases now mostly covered and growing popularity in China, the world’s largest car market, Cadillac should have little trouble increasing its sales perceptibly and padding its bottom line.
Have An Early Look At The New Cadillac Coupe
Cadillac might be working on a new luxury coupe, and patent drawings suggest it will strongly resemble the Escala concept.
Uncovered by enthusiast site , the illustrations depict a low-slung, elegant-looking grand touring coupe that, if produce, will likely be aimed at the likes of BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe.
Our guess is that it’s a near-production-ready concept car that previews a production model, one that will be sleeker and, dare I say, more stunning than Cadillac ATS and CTS Coupes. Possibly a coupe version of the upcoming CT5 sedan, which will replace both the ATS and CTS? Possible.
Cadillac has essentially confirmed a new flagship based on the Escala concept, and this could be one of its forms, if not the only one.
The proportions suggest the model could be built on General Motor’s Alpha platform, a variation of which underpins the Chevrolet Camaro. Such a platform should ensure an engaging drive on both road and track.
As for name CT5 Coupe, CT7, or any other alphanumeric moniker would be too uninspired for such a inspired car, don’t you think? How does ‘Eldorado’ sound?
All Cadillac Vehicles Will Have Super Cruise In 2020
Your next Cadillac will likely be self-driving.
Cadillac has announced that its partial autonomous Super Cruise technology, which premiered in its flagship CT6 sedan, will be available on every single one of its models starting in 2020, including the new XT4 crossover.
The company also revealed plans to offer V2X communications in a new crossover by 2023 before it eventually proliferating it across its entire lineup.
Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“The expansion of Super Cruise and V2X communications technology demonstrates Cadillac’s commitment to innovation, and to making customers’ lives better. GM is just as committed to ushering in a new era of personal transportation, and technologies like these will enable it.”
Super Cruise can takes over control of most of the driving on the freeway, managing steering, braking and acceleration. All the driver has to do is keep his/her eyes on the road and take over if a lane change is needed.
The technology will also be made available on other General Motors vehicles.