Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What Else Does Cadillac Have Up Its Sleeve? CT6 - The "Game-Changer"

The coming 2016 Cadillac CT6 will take on the juggernauts of German executive shuttles: the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show the CT6 marks a renewed presence in the full size luxury class, this Cadillac flagship embodies the muscular and sleek themes of the smaller CTS and ATS with a longer and broader wheel base (the CT6’s wheel base is actually longer than the A8 and 7 Series). Though CT6 resembles its junior partners, it is not simply a bigger CTS or ATS, and is not a replacement for the XTS, the CT6 is an entirely new vehicle to the Cadillac line up. In fact, the CT6 will be one of the very first GM vehicles built on a new chassis designed for full size luxury cars and crossovers. An aluminum-intensive construction should give the CT6 impressive structural integrity while keeping down overall weight (fewer than 3700 lbs). The new chassis, coupled with the magnetically adjustable shocks and four-wheel steering, will create a set of driving, handling and comfort qualities unique to the CT6.

FEATURES OF THE CT6

The full size luxury vehicle segment is incredibly competitive with outstanding vehicles from Audi, BWM, Mercedes, Jaguar and Lexus but even among such great competition the CT6 shines. True to Cadillacs world-class standards of luxury and technology the interior of the CT6 features an abundance of leather, wood trim and polished aluminum all that with adaptable LED lighting trim ensures the CT6 carriers on Cadillacs signature brand of luxury.

This vehicle, however, is not your dads land yacht CT6 comes with a full, standard compliment of the finest in automotive technology; the touchscreen CUE system provides the driver with a full analytic display, wireless phone charging pad, WiFi and 4g LTE hot spot with multi device Bluetooth capability, night vision with pedestrian and detection that can automatically stop the car if the driver fails to do so. Also featuring a rear view mirror with camera assistance and a 360 degree camera display around the vehicle that not only records while you drive but can be set as a theft deterrent system when sitting in your vehicle. CT6 comes standard with 34 Bose speakers and dual rear seat 10" TV monitors each independently controllable by rear seat passengers.

UNDER THE HOOD

An all-new, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (400 horsepower / 400 pound-feet of torque, estimated) is the CT6's marquee engine. There are also 3.6-liter V6 (naturally aspirated, 335 hp) and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (265 hp) options. All engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels, although the turbo V6's gearbox features slightly more performance-oriented gearing. All-wheel drive is also available. In this luxury cruiser class, however, a V8 option is almost a requirement. Cadillac hasn't announced a V8 yet, but expect to see a V8 installment of GM's latest family of small-block eight-cylinder engines.

Look for the new Cadillac CT6 to go on sale early in 2016, ranging from $60,000-$80,000.