2016 Cadillac CT6
The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is the real deal. It is a car with engineering execution that is nothing short of being the “Standard of the World.”
Travis Hester, executive chief engineer, and his team have created a multi-material structure for what will become Cadillac’s flagship that is the result of 50-million hours of computational analysis, including 200,000 structural simulations. The lights in Warren, Michigan, probably dimmed when the guys at the GM Tech Center cranked up the computers.
Not only did they develop a full-size car that has an all-new architecture (Omega), but they also developed 21 patents.
With the CT6 Cadillac is unapologetically and quite openly calling out its German luxury car rivals. That is, they’re pointing out that the dimensions are on par with those of the short-wheelbase BMW 7-Series (the CT6 is 204 inches long, has a 122.4-inch wheelbase, is 74 inches wide, and is 57.9 inches high), but that it is lighter than a BMW 5-Series or 6-Series, Mercedes E-Class, and an Audi A6 (they’re estimating the curb weight to be less than 3,700 lb.).
They even developed a new engine for the CT6, an (estimated) 400-hp, 400 lb-ft turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation.
It is available with an active, on-demand all-wheel-drive system that features a continuously variable clutch. There’s Active Rear Steer and Magnetic Ride Control.
While much of that is about driving, a luxury car is also about being driven. So there is an Articulating Rear Seat Package that provides 3.3 inches of seat travel, lumbar adjustment, tilting cushions, massage, and heating and cooling. The rear infotainment system has articulating 10-inch-diagonal screens in the front seatbacks. Quadzone climate system. A Bose audio system with 34 speakers.
Because luxury cars are undoubtedly the sorts of things that brigands like to make off with, the surround-view video recording system that can be used while driving—presumably to get some GoPro-like shots—is also activated should the vehicle’s security system get tripped.
Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac, described the CT6 by saying, “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.”
With cars like the CTS and the ATS, Cadillac is offering cars that are every bit as good as their German competition. With the CT6 Cadillac is venturing into a higher realm, but one that it is confident it can ascend to.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
The 2016 model is all-new. As in platform and everything else. And the platform—which will have global use—was developed in North America.
Making improvements to existing engines, as well as working toward something entirely different.