Cadillac CT6 Revealed, Plug-In Hybrid Version Confirmed – Reveal and Production Videos

APR 2 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 25

Cadillac’s flagship 2016 CT6 has been officially revealed, as shown in the New York Auto Show video above.

Set to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, this range-topping Cadillac is part of Cadillac’s turnaround efforts, which includes the launch of eight new cars by 2020.

Editor’s Note:  Production video of the Cadillac CT6 in Hamtramck, Michigan and some B-Roll footage of the car is also added below.

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

For now, the CT6 will be offered with three engine options.  (full press blast from GM below)

Those options, described by Autocar, include:

“The S-Class rival is powered by three petrol engines at launch: a turbocharged 2.0-litre in-line four, a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 and a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 400lb ft. The engines are said to produce around 266bhp, 335bhp and 400bhp respectively, and are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.”

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

But most importantly for us is confirmation from Cadillac that a plug-in hybrid version is coming.

The plug-in CT6 is expected to debut next month in Shanghai, and is expected to return 70 MPGe.  No specs on the all-electric abilities has yet been announced.

The CT6 plug-in is expected late in 2015.

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

There’s no pricing info at this time.  However, we do know that the CT6 will be built alongside the Chevrolet Volt:

“Production of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 begins at the end of 2015 for the North American market at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, which underwent a $384-million investment in tooling and other upgrades to support the manufacture of the CT6 and two other products.”

Video (below): Cadillac CT6 Manufacturing

Video (below): Some B-Roll of the Cadillac CT6:

There’s a ton of CT6 info in the lengthy Cadillac press blast below:

Cadillac Extends the Top of its Range with CT6
Advanced technology creates a new formula for the prestige sedan

NEW YORK – Cadillac tonight held the world premiere of the 2016 CT6, elevating it to the top of its range and creating a new formula for the prestige sedan through the integration of new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars.

CT6 marks Cadillac’s long-awaited return to the global prestige luxury segment, and 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.

“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. “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.”

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

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 powertrains led 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 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.

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.”

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.”

Agility

All-new Omega architecture features 13 high-pressure aluminum castings in the body structure, creating a lighter, stiffer structure that also enables “bank vault” levels of quietness
All-new Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo engine offer 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
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
2.0L I-4 turbocharged and new 3.6L V-6 naturally aspirated engines, each with a new 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 959 lb-ft (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 drive modes
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

True 360-degree camera view around the vehicle, displayed on the Cadillac CUE screen, helps reduce blind spots around the vehicle
Industry-first surround-view video recording system that can record front and rear views while driving, and 360 degrees of recording if the vehicle’s security system is activated
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 Advanced Park Assist integrates automatic braking into automatic parking
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 LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.

Indulgence

Bold American luxury design, distinctly Cadillac – a true rear-wheel drive car, with a dramatic dash-to-axle ratio offering classic long, low proportion and luxury 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 and personality
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 Articulating Rear Seat package offers new thresholds for comfort and luxury, with approximately 3.3 inches (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
Hands-free power deck lid operation
Generous rear-seat legroom – 40.4 inches (1027 mm) – and segment-best interior storage, including 2.2L center console storage volume.

About the architecture
The body-in-white of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is structurally lighter and stiffer than any other dynamically similar vehicle such as 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 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.

“Every panel of the body-in-white is optimized with innovative joining techniques,” said Travis Hester, executive chief engineer, Cadillac CT6. “It’s an uncompromising approach that provides the best balance of strength, lightness and refinement.”

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 218 pounds (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 591 feet (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 active-on-demand all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System.

“To put it succinctly, every wheel drives and every wheel steers,” said Hester. “And with Magnetic Ride Control, every wheel’s dampening is adjusted by the millisecond, for responsiveness and driver control unparalleled in the segment.”

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 37 feet (11.4 m), comparable with the CTS, which has a 114.6-inch wheelbase vs. the CT6’s 122.4-inch wheelbase.

Active-on-demand all-wheel drive is also part of the Active Chassis System, making the most of handling and stability in all weather conditions. Its lightweight, compact design and two-gear transfer case enable greater fuel economy than conventional fixed-torque all-wheel drive systems. All-wheel drive is standard on all CT6 six-cylinder models.

Selectable Tour, Snow/Ice and Sport modes allow the driver to tailor the CT6’s advanced chassis system for practically any weather or road condition.

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.

“This is a car designed for passionate drivers,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Cadillac Global Design. “CT6 is low, wide and sleek, which is just what you’d expect in a lightweight performance sedan. There is a great dash-to-axle proportion that reinforces the dynamics of the rear-wheel-drive 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 bold, 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.

“Never before has such craftsmanship and technology been so seamlessly interwoven,” said Smith. “The CT6 represents our next step in the continuing evolution of the Cadillac brand portfolio.”

Production and manufacturing
Production of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 begins at the end of 2015 for the North American market at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, which underwent a $384-million investment in tooling and other upgrades to support the manufacture of the CT6 and two other products. Chinese-market models will be assembled at an all-new facility in China starting in early 2016.

The CT6 also will be offered in Europe, Korea, Japan, Israel and the Middle East. Production for those markets begins at Detroit-Hamtramck in early 2016.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com. Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com

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2016 CADILLAC CT6 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)

Model:

2016 Cadillac CT6

Body style / driveline:

RWD or AWD, 5-passenger large luxury performance sedan

Manufacturing location:

Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Hamtramck, Mich.

Engines:

2.0L I-4 turbo DOHC DI – 265 hp / 198 kW (est.)
3.6L V-6 DOHC DI – 335 hp / 250 kW (est.)
3.0L V-6 twin-turbo DOHC DI – 400 hp / 298 kW (est.)

Transmissions:

Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic (2.0L turbo and 3.6L)
Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic (3.0L twin-turbo)

Brakes:

four-wheel disc with FNC rotors; four-channel ABS

Wheels:

18-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch

Wheelbase (in / mm):

122.4 / 3106

Length (in / mm):

204 / 5184

Width (in / mm):

74 / 1879

Height (in / mm):

57.9 / 1472

Est. curb weight (lb / kg):

less than 3700 / 170

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25 Comments on "Cadillac CT6 Revealed, Plug-In Hybrid Version Confirmed – Reveal and Production Videos"

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I guess I can’t help myself. Everyone wants to give their negative opinion about the looks of the Leaf and i3. So here’s my subjective opinion on this car. It is an ugly boat-car that I’d expect a grandpa to be driving.

Kind of agree, but I’d rather drive a boat than a fish.

If you’re lucky enough one day you will be a driving grandpa too. 😉

Yes, this thing is hideous and obsolete before it is even out, give me my Model S already! 🙂

I will take a Cadillac any day over a Mercedes. I tried German cars with 7 series and the reliability was terrible. Mercedes look like a regular cheap sedan until you see the Mercedes emblem. On the other hand a sweat XTS or ELR with just the right color is awesome and a very solid automobile.

That’s who will be driving it rich grandpa’s.

Let’s hope they pick GM’s best and most advanced powertrain the hybrid.

I was recently down in Naples, FL.
I was Shocked to see, No solar panels and almost no hybrids.

Of all the people in the population who can afford to buy the most advanced tech, it’s the rich, but they’re not doing it.

These big cars do drive nice on those long highway trips.

<3700lbs! That is impressive for this monster. Was wondering how such a large flagship could have a 2.0 turbo 4.

It’s more powerful then the v8 of the 80’s. Most turbo engines now produce over 100hp per litre

The engineering that went into the chassis is pretty impressive, with the use of aluminum casting and adhesives. It will be interesting to see if and when carbon fiber makes this look like an incredibly complex and expensive way to shave 100 kg off the chassis.

Carbon fiber is still too expensive compared with aluminum, and hard to recycle. If it was better, why don’t sodas sell in carbon fiber cans?

So it is pretty clear now that the “$384-million investment in tooling” was for Volt 2.0, CT6 and Bolt or Malibu?

That means no VoltUV.

I want you to be wrong, but I fear you’re right. Sigh.

Great example of a car that I couldn’t care less about. Simply put: The most important thing right now is to decarbonize our economies, and a high-end Cadillac PHEV will do virtually nothing to advance that cause, simply because [1] so few will be sold and [2] the people who buy this particular vehicle will likely have a very poor track record of actually plugging it in and driving on electrons, as opposed to most Volt owners who border on fanatical in this regard (and I love every one of them for it).

So, yes, it looks good for GM to have the PHEV version of the CT6 in the lineup, but in practical terms, it means almost nothing.

Can you explain how a 70mpge vehicle does not “decarbonize” the economy?

Beyond that, I know a certain Bill on here that would also dispute the concerns associated with CO2, but I digress.

CO2 aside, if this ends up being a 70mpg vehicle, it will emit much less pollution.

I think your assumptions of so few being sold and that people won’t plug them in are unfounded. In other words, I don’t think there is data that supports or contradicts that, and it’s just an opinion at this point. At some point, we’ll know for sure. 😉

> Beyond that, I know a certain Bill on here that would also dispute the concerns associated with CO2, but I digress.

On one hand we have 98% of the worlds scientists, on the other hand we have “Bill”.

Yea. 😉

If the owners don’t plug them in, then it’s not a 70mpg vehicle. The article says 70 MPGe. That means that when its battery is full and is driving electrically, it gets 70miles/33.6kWh = 2.1 mi/kWh. When the battery is low and the car is running in charge-sustaining mode, the MPG will be much lower. Probably about 40 miles per actual gasoline gallon. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a huge improvement over the 2011 DTS that got 18mpg combined (15/23 city/hwy).

Then blame the owners, not GM. Same as those who can recycle but don’t. Those are the true pollutants!

Thanks Lou!

The C-pillar is unusual, for these days, but it works for me. Kudos to Cadillac, for bucking the trend of raking away headroom.

I think this is good start, eventually the PHEV tech in the CT6 will trickle down to the CTS and the ATS, which will sell in greater numbers. Have to start somewhere…

I suspect pretty much all of these will end up in Florida.

Notice how everyone plays the numbers game but no one wants to argue the point? The one constant truth is that people easily believe things but no one considers that they might be wrong. Politicians always find this to be a very useful construct. This could also apply to the ‘economic recovery’ supposedly going on, or the dozen supposedly terrorist nations, or Big Bad Russia. But who is killing whom? And who is enabling the situation? The truth is, the economy in America cannot recover barring big changes. The vast majority of good-paying blue collar jobs have been outsourced.. Not to return. College Degrees are getting more superfluous, with India becoming the Software Capital of the world, and also the call-center capital, and China the Manufacturing one. Back office type architechtural, design, enginneering and accounting, (basically anything that can be sent over the internet) will be outsourced. 30% of 30 year olds still live at their child-hood home. Because they cannot find a good enough paying job enough to pay rent, let alone actually buy a houseof their own. So there is no growth in Appliances, Home Building ,nor Home Furnishings. The truth of the matter is, most of the… Read more »

As I see it, there is usually half the country thinking America is going down the tubes and the other half thinking we’re the greatest country on earth. Well they’re both 100% wrong. There are many challenges that this country needs to face, but there have always been a number of resourceful people in this nation to solve the nation’s problems. Both sides just need to stop whining and actually do something. As for the actual car in question, Cadillac has never really been my style, but this is not too bad. I would just hope they don’t overprice the PHEV version of this Cadillac the way they did the ELR.

Not a fan of the frontal look.

I do like the side profile and the rear…

Yeah, I know GM isn’t the company it once was, but since they’re starting off with a 4 cyl engine in supposedly a “large Cadillac” you’d think it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to put at least a 20 kwh battery in it with the Malibu hybrid setup of Using the engine and motor for performance, or using the motor only for totally EV operation.
Maybe they’re not going to release the plug in version until theyve discontinued the ELR for real.