Cadillac CT6 Spy Photos Reveal New Look For Next-Gen Model

3 months ago by Christopher Smith 15

2019 Cadillac CT6

Expect to see the facelifted CT6 next year as a 2019 model.

Cadillac has a facelift in store for its range-topping CT6 luxury sedan. Recently caught testing in Europe, it would seem the changes are more on the subtle side but still noteworthy from what we can see. Among them, it appears the revamped CT6 will be taking a few cues from the terrifically elegant Cadillac Escala concept we saw last year, and that’s not a bad thing. Specifically, it looks as though the reborn model will wear a new front fascia with larger grille and narrower headlamps that stretch further horizontally across the nose. The rear looks basically untouched, though a new tail light design could be in the works.

There’s also a possibility that we could be looking at a meatier performance-themed variant, given the more aggressive lower grille on the front fascia. The current CT6 maxes out with a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 making 404 horsepower, with base models receiving basically the same 3.6-liter mill found in a range of GM vehicles. The CT6 is also available as a plug-in hybrid, utilizing a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with its hybrid system to produce a combined 335 horsepower. Rumors abound as to what the forthcoming CT6 might get for power, including everything from additional biturbo engines to a variant of the 6.2-liter V8 found in the Corvette. A full-on V model is unlikely, but we learned long ago to never say never.

2019 Cadillac CT6

We spent some time with Cadillac’s big luxury sedan last year, and found it to be every bit as appealing in terms of luxury and comfort as compared to European rivals like the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series, both of which have a starting price significantly higher than the Caddy. Cadillac has crafted the outstanding ATS and CTS models to be foils German rivals, both in terms of luxury and performance. Perhaps now a similar attack is in store for the CT6.

We’ll likely find out next year at the Detroit Auto Show, when Cadillac is expected to officially reveal the new model.

Current Cadillac CT6 PHV, Which Can Zip To 60 MPH In Just 5.2 Seconds

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15 responses to "Cadillac CT6 Spy Photos Reveal New Look For Next-Gen Model"

  1. La Frennia di Mamata says:

    This Camo appears to have the potential of Becoming a “CADILLEXUS”

  2. TomBrown says:

    A myopic angry vacuum cleaner.

    (Obviously the grille will look different when the covering is removed but it’s like they’re trying to look like the new Lexus with the black part of that cover’s shape.)

  3. Bill Howland says:

    I thought this website dealt with fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, and battery cars?

    1. GreenMD says:

      For those in the know, the CT6 has the only ”real” plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. The Germans inexplicably keep putting tiny batteries with weak all-electric range in theirs.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        The post is about the “new look” of the next gen CT6 for next year, which will continue to have a plug-in hybrid option.

        One assumes, if one was in the market for a luxury plug-in or a CT6 Plug-In Hybrid today, one might want to know by this time next year it will get a redesign.

        1. Bill Howland says:

          Its a bit of a regional thing I’d wager.

          The nearest authorized ct6 phev dealer to me is 380 miles away, plus will not have one for sale until december 2017. No telling when the NEXT PHEV will be out.

          I wasn’t trying to get cute here, but the details of the 2018 Ct6 were of only the gasoline model. I didn’t see anything other than a reposting of the old 2017 ct6 PHEV info.

  4. Blastphemy says:

    The CT6 PHEV is a poor excuse for a plug-in luxury car. As disappointing as the ELR was, its drivetrain, exterior styling, interior comfort, and battery was superior to the CT6. It’s possible the ELR’s trunk may even have been bigger than the CT6’s too!

    There are features on the CT6 ICE that you can’t get in the PHEV variant because the battery takes up all the space where the tech would go, like the Bose Panaray Sound System.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      ELR 16.5 kWh later upgraded to 17.1 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor of 119 kw later upgraded to 135 kw. 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space. +2 Coupe rear seats.

      CT6 18.4 kWh battery pack and two electric motors of 74.5 kw each. 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And you get Limo like rear seat space.

      CT6 PHEV does not offer the upgraded Bose Panaray (but it does have a 10 speaker Bose system standard) nor will it offer Supercruise because Cadillac has determined its PHEV customers will not pay $100k for a CT6 PHEV.

      ELR has superior AER(35 vs 31) because it is smaller and more aerodynamic. Still, customers rejected it.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Those are facts.

        But for people who choose to bash a car doesn’t need to know facts.

        That is the world we are living in today.

        1. La frennia di Mamata says:

          GM keeps on making the same mistakes repeatedly and still makes Big money ..Imagine the success, if they ran this company rite..

      2. Bill Howland says:

        2016 ELR also was only in production 4 months because ev-hater DeNyschen terminated its model year early, and apparently still has this view: “EV’s are dumb – people should drive Clean Diesels if they want to save gasoline”.

        The CT6 is a complicated mess, what with an extra planetary gearset in the mix to insert the Turbo 4 cyl any time extra acceleration is needed. I’m guessing but it probably doesn’t even have an electric heater since in the ELR the engine runs any time its under 33 degrees and then doesn’t shut off until it is much hotter outside.

        Its true the car is somewhat larger than an ELR, but that doesn’t fully explain why the All Electric Range is so horrible even with the larger battery. I chawk it up to the needlessly complicated drive train.

        The last time Cadillac had a similar situation was with a 2 motor hybrid Escallade hybrid that was so complicated the end result didn’t save any gas over the plain jane version.

        Perhaps they should call the CT6 PHEV Spruce Goose #3.

      3. Bill Howland says:

        “AER from 31 to 35′.

        When my nephew drives my ELR (he pays the insurance on both my cars), he gets around 43 miles per charge in good weather. I get over 50. So the rating was always conservative.

        Since, where I live, its impossible to test drive a CT6 PHEV, I have no clue as to is responsiveness. But I did drive an expensive loaner XTS, and while the dealership guys were overly impressed with it, I didn’t like it at all (it felt like the accelerator pedal was connected to a land yacht) and told them it couldn’t hold a candle to my quickly responsive ELR. The 8 speed transmission – although great for keeping the engine the same RPM all the time, gave a new meaning to the term ‘Slushomatic’.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if the CT6 responded in the same way. I’ll have to wait for a Car and Driver review of it.

  5. John says:

    Another pointless, barely electric car. Slap a small battery pack on a gas-guzzler and Presto!!- you now have an eco-car…

  6. Bill Howland says:

    Apparently, the specs for the PHEV are all over the place: here’s some from the AUTOWEEK review:

    “…The efficient and very fun-to-drive system, with 335 kW (449 hp) combined system power, propels the CT6 from 0-100 km in 5.6 seconds; delivers an all-electric range of more than 60 km (37 miles) and an all-electric top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph); and features combined fuel consumption of less than 2.0 L/100 km (117.7 mpg US).

    We have a PHEV system that has incredible efficiency, but it is also one of the highest performing vehicles on the road with extraordinarily connected feel to it.

    —Tim Grewe…”

    Now, they say the car goes 0-60 mph in 5.2 secs. But Autoweek got less than 23 miles on electricity. And the 37 mile AER was out – I’ve seen 30 and 31 AER bandied about.

    But 3 planetary gear sets, 5 clutches, and a 3 horsepower electric pump to operate all of them? No thanks….

  7. Bill Howland says:

    Just looked at a ‘summer 2015’ Cadillac Magazine, when the ELR was still in production.

    The ‘zine didn’t say anything about the ELR, but the CT6 was to be available with ‘400 hp, and a 70 mile electric range’.

    There must have been in-fighting amoungst the engineering team, since the end result PIG has 3 planetary gear sets, 5 clutches, a 3 horsepower hydraulic pump motor to operate all of them, and produces (so they say) 448 horsepower.

    One result was the had to forget the 70 mile All electric range. Now they just claim 30, but all AutoWeek could get was 22.6 all electric miles.

    Another car obviously ‘designed by committee.’

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