America’s much anticipated New York Auto Show is up and running in the big apple and Inside Lane has been casting its discerning eye over the array of juicy releases and intriguing concepts taking to the stage. Of course, New York’s biggest four-wheeled extravaganza would not be the same without a major contribution from a famous old American marque, and the 2015 instalment has duly delivered the goods in the form of the all-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury saloon.
This range-topping saloon has been on the cards for a little while now, however Cadillac have, until now, chosen to keep their powder dry, barring a trickle of minor details.
The headline news is that the CT6 will not be a direct replacement for the brand’s previous flagship XTS saloon but instead represents Caddy’s long-awaited return to the large luxury saloon– or “prestige sedan” – segment.
Doing battle on the same footing as the likes of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-series, the CT6 possesses an arsenal of advanced technology, much of it never before seen on a Cadillac. This ranges from a 360-degree surround-view camera featuring heat activated enhanced night vision, advanced park assist, a 10.2-inch HD interface display and a console mounted touchpad capable of recognising handwriting. The CT6 is also smart-phone friendly, thanks to its wireless phone charging capability and on-board Wi-Fi hotspot.
The new tech isn’t just limited to the cabin either. On the road, the CT6 benefits from an on-demand all-wheel drive system and variable clutch which delegates power delivery to the front wheels according to conditions, optimising handling and stability come rain or shine. Active Rear Steer, Magnetic Ride Control and selectable drive modes all contribute to ironing out those little kinks and bumps on the asphalt, whilst the new Auto Vehicle Hold feature keeps the CT6 standing perfectly to attention whenever the driver’s foot is off the brake.
The CT6 will be the first model from Cadillac to debut an all-new 3.0L twin turbo engine. One of the most power-dense V6 power-trains in the segment with 400bhp and 400lb-ft of torque on tap, this top of the range option boasts more than 130bhp per litre. For those less power-hungry customers, the CT6 is also available with Caddy’s 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged option as well as a naturally aspirated 3.6L V6. Both of these are mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
However, the CT6’s trump card undoubtedly lies in its featherweight construction. Featuring an innovative body design crafted chiefly from aluminium, Cadillac’s new flagship saloon can boast of the spaciousness and interior refinement of BMW’s short-wheelbase 7-Series without sacrificing the agility and efficiency of its smaller cousin the CTS. Not only does it tip the scales at far less than its main European rival, it is in fact lighter than several mid-sized luxury saloons; take the BMW 5-Series, 6-Series and Mercedes E-Class as a case in point.
As well as in the States, the CT6 will be rolled out across Europe, Korea, Japan, Israel and the Middle East. As one of eight all-new models planned for release by Cadillac before the end of the decade in a mammoth $12-billion product offensive, we can expect to see more from the CT6 and its stablemates on both sides of the pond over the coming years. European production is scheduled to begin in early 2016.