After several years of mediocre sales in the high-end segment, Cadillac (NYSE: GM) has revealed the long anticipated Cadillac CT6 model.
This marks its return to the top of the luxury sedan segment, a comeback that many will gladly welcome. The luxury sedan brings back the much needed attention to the luxury car maker, ensuring their survival in the highly competitive business area of high-end car models.
“The CT6 is nothing less than an entirely new approach to premium luxury – and an approach only Cadillac can offer,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac in a statement. “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.”
The Cadillac CT6 takes full advantage of new technologies, ensuring the driver is more involved with their surroundings, providing a better overall driving experience as well. These include such additions as active technologies, dedicated in providing a better feeling, but also a smoother ride for the passengers of this rather luxury model. The added powerplants are spearheaded by an all-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 Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo engine offers an estimated 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (543 Nm), making it among the most power-dense V-6 engines in the segment, at 133 horsepower (99 kW) per liter. Additionally, the industry’s first application of cylinder deactivation technology on a turbocharged V-6 engine, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission allows for better fuel efficiency and better utilization of the engine’s power when needed and when the driving conditions don’t mandate all the power delivery.
Furthermore, the active-on-demand all-wheel drive featuring a continuously variable clutch that infinitely varies power delivery to the front wheels – up to 959 lb-ft (1,300 Nm) – to make the most of handling and stability in all conditions.
The CT6 features one of the industry’s most advanced automotive body structures, an aluminum-intensive architecture that incorporates 11 different materials to achieve strength, performance and efficiency thresholds practically unmatched among the world’s elite luxury performance sedans. This makes the Cadillac CT6 lighter, more efficient and it gives the luxury sedan better overall driving performance.
It is one of the world’s lightest and most agile full-size luxury performance sedans, with dimensions and spaciousness on par with BMW’s short-wheelbase 7-Series, but the approximate weight, agility and efficiency of the smaller Cadillac CTS – which is lighter than a BMW 5-Series. The CT6 is lighter than the BMW 5-Series, 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
“We reinvented the approach to structural underpinnings in the quest to develop a unique formula for the prestige luxury performance sedan,” said de Nysschen. “Melding that new approach with the dynamics conveyed in our other award-winning rear-driven sedans – including V-Series – results in something that has been lost in the segment: the exhilaration of a true driver’s car.”
Taking on the competition
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. “Luxury brands are built from the top down,” said Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus. “Adding a dynamic, top-of-the-range car is central to Cadillac’s elevation and global growth.”
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 37 feet (11.4 m), comparable with the CTS, which has a 114.6-inch wheelbase vs. the CT6’s 122.4-inch wheelbase. This will amount to better handling, more stability, but above all it will exert much better comfort levels for the driver and their passengers, ensuring that the car performs its main task – ferrying passengers on long distances – with ample comfort levels overall.
According to Cadillac, the new body structure is lighter than some of its competitors like the BMW 5-Series or Audi A6. That state-of-the-art architecture is the foundation for its benchmark-establishing agility and vault-like solidity and quietness. The rather profound engine found in the top model also provides more than enough power for any driver requiring more performance and better handling overall. In a nutshell, the Cadillac CT6 will certainly stir up things in the luxury sedan market.