Sometime in 2015, Cadillac will show the world the 2016 CT6. Previously bound to be called LTS, the full-size, Omega-based, rear-drive flagship will finally take the game to the likes of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Lexus LS, and the Audi A8/S8. So, our artists have dreamed up this rendering of the Cadillac CT6 — which has been described to us as a larger, more grandiose CTS — to give you an idea of what it will (more or less) look like when the wraps come off.
Some noteworthy elements of the design include:
- An evolution of the Cadillac’s Art and Science design philosophy, with a more stubby fascia to meet the latest in global crash test requirements
- A long, almost exaggerated dash to (front) axle ratio, lending a hint of the CT6’s sporty rear wheel-drive underpinnings
- Long rear doors, which we may see on the extended-wheelbase model
- LED lighting galore
- Chrome trim pieces around the cabin greenhouse and rocker panels accentuating the car’s presence, dimensions, and athletic stance.
Expect the 2016 Cadillac CT6 flagship to deliver with a myriad of powertrains, including a hybrid version and a brawny V8 under its long hood. Whether or not they will replicate the respective twin-turbo hybrid V6 and conceptual V8 from the Ciel and Elmiraj concepts isn’t known at this time. But perhaps more impressively, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 — despite its size — is said to weigh less than the CTS that slots below it, which is a vehicle that’s the lightest in its class. We also expect a 2016 Cadillac CT6 Platinum trim package with reclining rear seats as the range-topper for now. There won’t be a CT6 Coupe in the beginning but that’s not to say there won’t be one a model-year or two down the road. Then of course, there’s the production debut of the semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology.
Lastly, despite Cadillac’s controversial HQ move to New York City, this luxury suite on wheels will be made in the shadow of Renaissance Center, at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
What do you like and dislike of the design? What would you like to see different on the actual model? The comments section is yours for the taking.