Cadillac has long been said to be working on a true flagship for the brand, which at this point is being called the Cadillac CT6. The XTS sedan is just not good enough, and the first images of the car were revealed during a commercial during the Academy Awards.
Cadillac CT6 will fit in with the rest of the lineup
Plans for the Cadillac CT6, the flagship car for the brand that Caddy has been promising for some time, are nearing fruition. Some of the first images of the car aired during a commercial break during the Oscars.
Besides, looking at a new Caddy is probably better than hearing yet another “thank the academy” speech. Yes, yes, we really like you, OK? Do millionaires really need THAT much validation?
But one digresses. The ad showed a sneak-peek at the car. The full-meal deal, according to Road and Track, is going to be shown off in the sheet metal at the New York Auto Show and will hit dealerships by the end of the year.
Coupe De Ville couldn’t be done?
Nothing is entirely set in stone for the Cadillac CT6 just as yet, but what appears to be understood by the automotive press so far is that the CT6 will be aimed at the same market as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S Class, Audi A8 and so forth.
While specifics about the powertrain aren’t available yet as Cadillac hasn’t announced them, what’s generally understood is that the base engine will be a twin-turbo V-6. Jalopnik reports a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder, along with a hybrid drive system that may produce upward of 400 horsepower, mated to an eight-speed transmission.
Rear-wheel drive will be available initially, with all-wheel drive to follow.
Reportedly, the car will be lighter than the current CTS sedan, by using aluminum alloys where possible. The interior is said to be ultra-premium, according to Automobile, with the intention being to offer a $100,000 interior at a $70,000 price, with a larger touchscreen display and the next generation of the Cadillac CUE infotainment system.
Phasing the pinch hitter out
The Cadillac CT6 isn’t replacing the XTS out as much as it’s finally being made. The XTS was intended as a placeholder, as a FWD luxury barge to tide people over until a proper Cadillac flagship could be developed.
The CT6 is derived from the El Miraj concept that Cadillac showed off, with a longer snout than the CTS and a rakish roofline. Allegedly, the car will be lighter than the current CTS midsize, using the lighter materials.
Regardless, you’ll be able to cruise into bat country in style. Perhaps someone could tell me about the golf shoes?