Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Cadillac | posted April 02, 2015 09:40
Cadillac launches its newest flagship
Cadillac has ifted the covers off the new 2016 CT6 flagship sedan at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
Replacing the XTS, the new CT6 shares its looks to the ATS compact executive sedan. This being Cadillac's flagship sedan, it will go toe to toe with the flagship sedans of the German big three. “It is a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles. In short, it is prestige luxury reimagined.” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac.
Its exterior design is more chiseled than its predecessor. The modern design language also has a hint of Fleetwood with its slabbed sides. A character line starts out low from the edge of the fender and swoops upwards towards the rear. The tail lights are also reminiscent of Cadillacs of yore. This new Cadillac is big. Measuring in at 5184 mm long and 1879 mm wide, Cadillac themselves say it's around the same size of a standard wheelbase BMW 7 Series.
Inside, the CT6 boasts of high quality leather and wood. Keeping up with modern times, it also has a high resolution 10.2 inch with Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system and a fully digital instrument cluster. Optional to the CT6 is the Articulating Rear Seat Package which features individual rear seats that move forwards and back up to 3.3 inches and includes seat heating, cooling and massage functions. The package also includes a center armrest with HDMI and USB inputs with media controls. Occupants at the rear are also treated to a 10 inch articulating screen that is hinged from the front seats. Another option is the 34-speaker Bose Panaray premium audio system and Quadzone climate control which allows all passengers to have their own temperature setting in each seat.
The new Cadillac is also loaded with technology on the safety front. The CT6 comes with a night vision camera which can identify people and animals, as well as a 360 degree camera for parking. It also prevents accidents with pedestrians with its Pedestrian Collision Mitigation System. The system warns the driver about nearby pedestrians and will apply the brakes to avoid the collision.
The new CT6 has a choice of three engines: A turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder with 265 hp, a 3.6 liter V6 with 335 hp and a 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 putting out 400 hp. All these engines are connected by an eight speed automatic with all wheel drive.
Production for the Cadillac CT6 will begin towards the end of 2015. It will be built in GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck factory.