With its flagship CT6 Cadillac has created a new formula for the prestige sedan by integrating new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility. The price range for CT6 on the German market starts at € 73,500 for the Luxury version, the Platinum version starts selling at € 95,900. The corresponding prices in Switzerland are CHF 89,500 and CHF 119,900. CT6 is one of eight all-new vehicles the brand will launch by the end of the decade as part of its $12-billion product investment to expand and elevate.
Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies that make them more aware of their surroundings, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and a new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine that rewards with stirring power on demand. Passengers are ensconced in the brand’s ultimate expression of comfort, luxury and connectivity. The CT6 features one of the industry’s most advanced automotive body structures, an aluminum-intensive architecture that incorporates 11 different materials to achieve durability, performance and efficiency thresholds practically unmatched among the world’s elite premium performance sedans. It is one of the world’s lightest and most agile full-size premium performance sedans, with dimensions and spaciousness on par with BMW’s short-wheelbase 7-Series, but the agility and driving performance of the more compact Cadillac CTS. Cadillac focused on three pillars that would coalesce to deliver the CT6’s dynamic experience – and do so with higher levels of presence, elegance and technological innovation to help elevate Cadillac around the world.
Agility and performance of the new luxury sedan Cadillac CT6
The new Omega architecture has a mixed-material structure with all-aluminum exterior body panels. The CT6 is approximately 99 kg lighter than a comparable vehicle using predominantly high-strength steel. All-new Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo engine offers 417 horsepower (307 kW) and 555 Nm of torque, making it among the most power-dense V-6 engines in the segment, at 139 horsepower (102 kW) per liter. Efficiency is enhanced with the industry’s first application of cylinder deactivation technology on a turbocharged V-6 engine, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. Active-on-demand all-wheel drive featuring a continuously variable clutch that infinitely varies power delivery to the front wheels – up to 1,300 Nm – to make the most of handling and stability in all conditions. Advanced performance chassis system designed to deliver an engaging driving experience – with segment-best ride, handling and isolation qualities – through the use of Active Rear Steer, Magnetic Ride Control and selectable (Tour, Snow/Ice and Sport) drive modes. Active Rear Steering, at low speeds steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels to shorten the turning circle, among segment best, making parking and slow-speed maneuvering through traffic much easier. At highway speeds, the rear wheels steer in the same direction to assist with smooth and stable lane changes and emergency maneuvers. Active Rear Steering improves handling in snow and ice conditions. Auto Vehicle Hold – a driver-selectable feature that prevents forward/rearward vehicle creep when the driver’s foot is off the brake. It reduces fatigue during heavy stop-and-go traffic and improves vehicle control on steep grades.
Connectivity and driver assistance
True 360-degree camera view around the vehicle, displayed on the Cadillac CUE (Cadillac User Experience) screen, helps reduce blind spots around the vehicle. Enhanced Night Vision helps identify people, large animals and more via heat signatures on a display in the driver information center. Rear Camera Mirror is the industry’s first application of full-display technology, combining camera technology with the conventional inside mirror to project an unobstructed view in the mirror. New Pedestrian Collision Mitigation technology provides pedestrian detection indications, alerts and automatic braking to avoid collisions. Large, 10.2-inch-diagonal CUE interface screen with 1280 x 720 HD resolution and console mounted touchpad. The capacitive-touch screen reacts faster when scrolling and recognizes handwriting for address/points of interest search. The touchpad allows control of CUE features while resting an arm on the center console rather than touching the screen. Wireless phone charging and OnStar 4G with Wi-Fi hotspot, depending on the market.
Indulgence and refinement
Bold American premium design, distinctly Cadillac – a true driver’s car, with a dramatic dash-to-axle ratio offering classic long, low proportion and premium presence that commands attention. Lightweight and a design that conveys it. Dynamic use of line work and sophistication and precision in surfacing – CT6 looks as light and agile as it actually is. Elevates modern craftsmanship with curated environments that are rich, expressive and spacious, combining luxurious leathers, exotic woods, and carbon fiber in unprecedented ways. Standard Indirect Fire light-emitting diode front lighting system offers state-of-the-art, more efficient illumination for a distinctive appearance that is both technical and expressive in its character. Extended comfort seats offer a refined, luxurious appearance. Features include premium Opus leather, five massage programs, reclining rear seats and Cadillac’s first application of woven-in-seat heating elements. All-new Reclining Rear Seat package offers new thresholds for comfort and luxury, with approximately 83 mm of adjustable seat travel, lumbar adjustment, tilting cushions, massage feature, heating/cooling features and armrest with media controls, including HDMI and USB ports. Comprehensive rear seat infotainment system with articulating 10-inch-diagonal screens that retract into the front seatbacks, along with connectivity for brought-in devices. Quadzone climate system, which employs a secondary full-HVAC system that allows passengers to personalize temperature and airflow for each seating position, along with ionizing air purification. Cadillac-first Bose® Panaray® audio system features 34 strategically placed speakers for exceptional dynamic range and clarity including the first automotive application of design and technology elements from Bose home entertainment and professional audio products. Concierge welcome lighting that illuminates the outside of the car as the owner approaches, based on the signal from the passive entry fob.
About the architecture of the new luxury sedan CT6 by Cadillac
The body-in-white of the Cadillac CT6 is structurally lighter and stiffer than any other vehicle with similar dimensions. That state-of-the-art architecture is the foundation for its benchmark-establishing agility and vault-like solidity and quietness. The new architecture has a mixed-material structure with all-aluminum exterior body panels. Engineers conducted 50 million hours of computational analysis – including 200,000 structural simulations – in its development, generating 21 patents. Thirteen high-pressure aluminum die-castings in the lower body construction reduce complexity and are significant contributors to the architecture’s low mass. The CT6 is approximately 99 kg lighter than a comparable vehicle using predominantly high-strength steel. GM’s most advanced body manufacturing methods are used to fabricate the structure, including proprietary aluminum spot welding technology that is more efficient and helps reduce weight. Laser welding, flow drill fasteners and self-piercing rivets are also employed, along with roughly 180 meters of advanced structural adhesives.
Chassis and suspension highlights
The CT6’s rigid, lightweight architecture is the foundation for its segment-challenging agility, enhanced by all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System. The chassis system also balances responsiveness with segment-best isolation for exceptional refinement. In the front, the CT6 features a lightweight, aluminum-intensive high-arm multilink short-long arm front suspension. At the rear is a five-link independent suspension that uses multiple outer ball joints and cross braces for optimal handling and steering precision. Active rear steering with the Active Chassis System contributes to greater low-speed agility and high-speed stability. In parking lots, the turning circle is only 11.3 m, comparable with the CTS, which has a 2910 mm wheelbase vs. the CT6’s 3109 mm wheelbase.
Bold proportions, exquisite attention to detail
A bold proportion dominated by a long hood and sleek upper body distinguishes the CT6, evolves the brand portfolio and reinforces the agility enabled by the lightweight architecture. The face of Cadillac evolves with the CT6 through new executions of the grille and signature lighting elements. The vertical light signature, for example, features new LED light blades that frame the front of the vehicle, with forward illumination from technologically advanced Indirect Fire LED headlamps. Proportion, craftsmanship and technology also define the CT6’s cabin. Cadillac designers aimed to deliver a unique, elegant and spacious interior. That elegance is expressed in curated environments and in surface sculpture featuring authentic materials, exquisite details and elevated executions of the brand’s signature cut-and-sew interiors. The CT6 uses state-of-the-art technology to reward its occupants with high levels of comfort, connectivity and safety.
The Cadillac CT6 is manufactured at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
Cadillac has been a leading premium auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. Its European line-up includes the ATS sedan and coupe, the CTS upper mid-size sedan, the ATS-V and CTS-V high performance versions, the CT6 full-size premium sedan, the XT5 premium crossover and in addition the Escalade, a full-size premium SUV.