Although much has been said about the technology in all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6, New York provided the first opportunity to see it all brought together. As a state-of-the-art offering, Cadillac is positioning its flagship 4-door as the harbinger of a return to leadership in the luxury segment.

The first of eight new vehicles launched by 2020 in as part of a $12-billion investment program, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen calls the CT6 "a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles." Final judgment will be reserved until we've slipped behind the wheel. But there's no doubt the new CT6 has high-end automakers taking notice of its potential to be a game changer. 

Presence, elegance and technological innovation

To achieve the goals set for Cadillac's CT6, the automaker focused its development strategy on three key points: presence, elegance and technological innovation. Performance-oriented proportions and bold feature lines give the CT6 compelling visuals highlighted by the latest evolution of a Cadillac signature face that frames the grille with new vertical LED light blades and standard Indirect Fire LED headlamps. 

Beneath the CT6's tautly drawn aluminum body panels is an all-new aluminum-intensive mixed-metal structure that's nearly 200 pounds lighter than a comparable steel frame. This innovative architecture sets benchmarks for torsional rigidity and noise-isolation. Despite its 204-inch length and 122.4 inch wheelbase, the full-size CT6 weighs roughly the same as its midsize CTS stablemate. Complementing its robust, low-mass foundation, the CT6 features aluminum-intensive suspension parts that Cadillac says endow the car with segment-best ride and handling  in both rear-drive or available on-demand all-wheel drive -- the latter being standard on all V6-powererd CT6 models. To further enhance dynamics, an optional Active Chassis System adds Magnetic Ride Control dampers as well as rear-wheel steering.

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Three powertrain choices

The CT6 will offer three engines including a 265-horsepower/2.0-liter turbocharged/direct-injected 4-cylinder as well as a pair of new Cadillac V6s. The 3.6-liter naturally aspirated unit develops 335 horses while the range-topping 3.0-liter Twin Turbo offshoot cranks out 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both incorporate cylinder-deactivation technology, and all three engines will be backed by new 8-speed automatic transmissions that should further boost their yet-to-be-released EPA numbers. While a new-gen V8 Twin Turbo remains on the wish list, expect to see one turn up under the CT6's hood at some point in the future. 

Accommodating on every level

In keeping with its mission of ultimate indulgence, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 also sets standards when it comes to pampering and protecting all who enter who ride in its sumptuously appointed cabin. Premium leather, exotic wood and carbon fiber elements combine with Cadillac's signature cut-and-sew detailing to create a stylish, sophisticated realm that includes a Quadzone climate control system with four individual controls, a 10.2-inch CUE multimedia screen, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless phone charging. Among its numerous standard/available features, the CT6 offers extended-comfort front seats with multi-massage function, reclining rear seats - including an Articulating Rear Seat Package, a bespoke 34-speaker Bose Panaray premium audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens. 

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There's plenty to tout about CT6's safety and security features. Its 360-degree camera features an industry-first surround-view recording system that captures front and rear views when the CT6 is in motion and full coverage when the car is parked with its security system activated. Also onboard are an innovative video-streaming Rear Camera Mirror and a driver-selectable Auto Vehicle Hold function that prevents the CT6 from rolling forward or backward when stopped on an incline or in traffic. Finally, this new model offers an Enhanced Night Vision system, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation with automatic braking technology and Advanced Park Assist that pairs automated parking with automatic braking.    

Production of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 for the U.S. starts late this year. Pricing for the new Cadillac CT6 will be announced closer to its arrival in showrooms. 

 

 

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